By Annette Christie
Coloma Township residents will see mostly familiar names on the ballot for the Tuesday, August 2 primary election. Supervisor Ken Parrigin, Clerk Sandy Kraemer, and Trustees Bryan Duffield, Rob Harper, and Matt Moser are all running for re-election. Current trustee Jim Fulton will be running for the Treasurer position. The current treasurer Lance Becht is not running for office. With Fulton running for treasurer, that left one trustee position vacant. Jerry Willmeng, 73, is running for that vacant seat. Willmeng resides at 7068 Paw Paw Ave., in Coloma with his wife Charlene. They have three children. Willmeng grew up in Bainbridge Township and attended school in Coloma. He attended Central Michigan University before returning to this area to farm, which he did full time for 20 years. He and his wife then got into the real estate and log home business. While Willmeng has never run for political office before he is not new to Coloma Township government. He sits of the Coloma Township Planning Commission and the Board of Review. He is also very involved in the Friends of the Paw Paw River, a group working to get the Paw Paw River cleared so that it may return to a navigable condition. Coloma Township voters will be asked to renew the public safety and road millages. The public safety millage is for 4.75 mills and is for a period of four years, 2016-2019. It is expected to raise approximately $952,812.23. The road millage is for 1.25 mills and runs for the same four years. If approved, it is expected to raise approximately $250,740.06 for the first year.