Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 8, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Election


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A solid conservative

Jason Gillman, a solid conservative, offers an alternative choice for State Representative. His voice is one that better represents residents, a voice already heard around the state with his investigations into election fraud, and challenges to poor legislation. Gillman has a clear understanding of cause and effect that makes him the best choice when developing public policy.

Gillman's courage is needed to better protect the interests and rights of Grand Traverse County residents and voters.

Impressed with Jason's ability to remain principled, even with pressures from opposing interests, I have committed my personal time and resources to manage his campaign.

Anita Prahl


Knows the 'nitty gritties'

Butch (Leroy) Strait worked in the excavation business most of his life and has served on the East Bay Township Board since 1988. He knows the "nitty gritties" of local government and public works.

Few people who knew Butch when he was younger would have accused him of being an intellectual. Yet he took an engineering degree from Michigan Tech, a top engineering school, when he was middle-aged. An engineering degree after a career in the construction trades is the best.

He's well qualified to be East Bay's Supervisor.

John S. Porter

Traverse City

The writer is a former East Bay Twp. Supervisor.

Will ensure transparency

Of the three candidates for sheriff in Benzie County, only one has pledged to restore 24-hour road patrols, reconnect favorable communication with community youngsters as well as endeavor to eliminate drug usage by returning a deputy liaison officer to the schools, ensure transparency between the department and the community with a 24/7 "open door" policy and stay within the constraints of the present budget alloted for the department.

That candidate is Blair Moss. Moss, a lifetime Benzie County resident has a combined 23 years law enforcement experience with 30 years as a coach/educator, both in the Benzie systems.

Penelope Misner


Core Values

I have known Joseph Sloan for many years. Joseph Sloan will be an outstanding State Representative for Grand Traverse County. He will help turn Michigan around and return it to our core values. He will help create an economic and political environment based on civility and common sense.

He has a history of constructively working with people and helping them solve their problems. He will help repeal the Syndertax on seniors. Joseph Sloan will be an excellent State Representative.

Lee Hornberger

Traverse City

Qualified, experienced

In the race for Probate Judge we have an outstanding candidate, Melanie Stanton. Probate Court is the "Family Court." Her 22 years of experience as an attorney in the Probate/Family Court and as a private practitioner includes: Abuse and Neglect of Children; Family Law; Domestic Relations Mediator; Juvenile Delinquency; Developmentally Disabled Individuals; Adoption; Individuals with Alleged Mental Illness; Guardianships and Conservatorships; Paternity Cases; and Estate Planning.

In the August primary, I urge you to vote for the most qualified candidate in the field, Melanie Stanton.

Steve Chapman

Traverse City

Personable, sincere

If you have the opportunity to meet Bonnie Scheele, you will instantly understand why she should be our next Grand Traverse County Clerk. She is personable, knowledgeable, hard-working and sincere. She will continue to provide Grand Traverse County residents and governmental agencies professional-grade service.

Bonnie has my vote in the Aug. 7 primary election, and I urge you to make her your choice too.

Glen Miller

Traverse City