Escanaba city incumbents win

ESCANABA – Voters approved all three incumbents seeking re-election for three, four-year terms on the Escanaba City Council in Tuesday’s election.

Leo Evans, current mayor, received the most votes, tallying 1,083. Marc Tall had the second-highest number of votes with 933 while Patricia Baribeau received 749 in her favor, according to unofficial results.

The three incumbents defeated Robert LaFave and James Hellermann, who were also running for four-year seats on council. LaFave tallied 518 votes and Hellermann received 384.

In an uncontested race to serve two years remaining on a partial term, Ralph Blasier received 1,023 votes. The council vacancy occurred when Mayor Pro Tem Brady Nelson passed away on June 15. Tall was appointed to temporarily fill the seat until the election.

Shortly after voter results were posted, Evans expressed his gratitude to those electing him to his fifth term on city council.

“I think the voters are saying they like the direction we’re taking the city,” he commented from the Eagles Club where he watched final election results posted on the city’s website.

Current works in progress for the city continue to be the sale of the power plant, development of a central U.P. micropolitan district, and the creation of jobs in the region, said Evans.

“I’m glad the team is back,” he said. “I’ve worked with both of them (Tall and Baribeau) and I’m looking forward to working with council member Blasier.”

Baribeau, also at the Eagles Club, said she is pleased with the election results.

“I want to thank the people who voted for me and Mayor Evans and Mr. Tall and for bringing us back together as a team so we can continue moving the city forward.”

Baribeau added she is looking forward to continue working with council and the city’s strong administration “to make Escanaba the best it can be.”

Tall, who was watching election results while at Hereford and Hops, expressed his appreciation to the voters for their support.

“I’ve always enjoyed serving the people on city council and I’m looking forward to serving four more years,” said Tall who has previously served a council term.

Evans, Tall and Baribeau will be sworn into office during an organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.

Current council members will meet for a regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Council member Pete Baker, whose term expired this year, chose not to seek re-election.

Tuesday’s election results are unofficial until confirmed by the board of canvassers.