Dec. 27, 2017
Baldini, who was most recently serving as mayor of Marquette after being elected in November, died Tuesday after suffering a stroke over the weekend, according to the Mining Journal in Marquette.He was a close friend of Blanchard and was appointed as the governor’s special assistant for Upper Peninsula affairs and education advisor in 1984, according to the Mining Journal.
Baldini was appointed in 2003 to be district director for Stupak when he represented the 1st Congressional District.
The Marquette mayor was nominated by Clinton in 1994 to be the U.S. chair of the International Joint Commission for Canada and the United States and, in 1998, he assumed duties as the U.S. representative of the U.S. and Canadian Boundary Commission, according to the Mining Journal.
Peters said that “from his time in the classroom to service in Governor Blanchard’s Administration and his recent election as Mayor of Marquette, Tom Baldini has been a pillar of the Upper Peninsula for decades, and his passion for Marquette and the UP were evident in all that he did.” Visitation is set for Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette and Wednesday Jan. 3 from 11 a.m. to noon at St. Michael Catholic Church in Marquette, with a service set for noon Wednesday, Jan. 3 at the church.