Countywide proposal

Cass County residents will be asked to renew the levy for 911 central dispatch operations.

The levy is for 0.2 mill and is for four years, 2018 to 2022. The millage is expected to raise $411,296 in its first year.

Board of Commissioners

5th District

The winner of the Republican primary will likely be the next District 5 Cass County Commissioner as no Democrats filed.

Incumbent Robert Ziliak is being challenged by Milton Township Supervisor Robert Benjamin. The district covers Milton Township and the southern half of Howard Township.

Ziliak, 70, of Niles is seeking his ninth term. He is retired from over 40 years working in materials management. He is a veteran and previously served as the Milton Township clerk. He and his wife, Cynthia, have one grown daughter.

Benjamin, 49, of Niles has been the Milton Township supervisor for 10 years and is a Microsoft business manager. He and his wife, Karen, have four children.

6th District

The Republican primary pits Commissioner Michael Grice and former Commissioner Bernie Williamson.

The winner faces no formal opposition in November as no Democrat filed. District 6 covers the northern half of Howard Township and Jefferson Township.

Grice, 64, of Cassopolis is seeking his second term. He is retired from Cass County Animal Control, where he worked for 41 years and still serves as a police officer in Silver Creek Township. He and his wife, Julee, have two children.

Williamson, 59, of Cassopolis, is seeking a return to the county board after serving on the board from 2012 to 2016. She was previously the Cass County emergency management director and Jefferson Township supervisor. She is the owner of Morning Star Communications Group. She and her husband, Darren, have two daughters.

7th District

The Aug. 7 Democratic primary features a race between Commissioner Clark Cobb and former Commissioner Minnie Warren.

The winner will face Republican and former Commissioner Leon “Andy” Anderson in November. District 7 covers Dowagiac and Pokagon Township.

Cobb, 64, of Green Street in Dowagiac is seeking his sixth term. He is on several county committees and boards and previously was active in Dowagiac city government. He is a retired teacher. He and his wife, Kathy, have four grown children.

Warren, 72, of M-51 South in Dowagiac served on the board for 10 years from 2002-12, losing to Cobb when the board was reduced from 15 to seven members. She is the owner of MinTech LLC, a manufacturing and fabrication company. She has three grown children.

Cass local issue

Dowagiac District Library

Residents in the Dowagiac District Library district are being asked to approve a new 1-mill levy to fund a library addition and other improvements.

The levy will run for 20 years to pay off a $7.4 million bond issue. The project is expected to nearly double the library’s space and make other improvements.

The district covers Dowagiac and nearby townships in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties. The new levy would raise $523,000 in its first year.