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Posted on Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 12:45 p.m.

Saline voters head to the polls Tuesday to elect 2 school board and 3 city council members

By Lisa Allmendinger

Two candidates will be in and two will be out when Saline School District voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect new members to the board of education.

With four candidates running for three City Council seats, one candidate won't be elected to a spot.

So, there will be at least one newcomer to the school board as current vice president David Medley chose not to run for reelection.

The lone incumbent is David Friese, who will be challenged by David Holden, a manager of strategic accounts and David Zimmer, a consultant, who have teamed up on their campaigns; and Patti Tanner, a remote implementation specialist.

In the race for Saline City Council, four candidates are running for three seats so someone will be left out on election night. But it didn’t start out that way.

Originally, there were five people running, but former incumbent Glenn Law had to resign his seat when a teaching job in the Upper Penninsula forced him to relocate, and it was too late to pull his name from the ballot. His is one of three seats up for grabs Tuesday.

Two appointed members of the City Council, Jim Peters and Linda TerHaar and two challengers, John Heller and Jim Roth, are all looking for Saline residents' votes.

Peters, a mechanical engineer, is the most recent addition to the City Council, filling former Councilman Pat Ivey’s seat, when he, too, was forced to resign for a new job opportunity that took him out of state. TerHaar, a retired librarian, was appointed to fill a previous vacancy in 2010.

Heller is a former dispatcher for the city police department, and Roth is a retired teacher.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.