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October 31, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 10/31/2013

Worked tirelessly

In 2010, our City Commission unanimously passed the non-discrimination ordinance. The following year, a small group of residents filed petitions to place the issue before city voters.

Ross Richardson worked tirelessly that autumn to educate the community about the ordinance’s accomplishments, and he was a key organizer in getting this progressive new policy upheld (which was, by 63 percent of the vote).

Because of Ross’ work and the energy of many others, Traverse City now extends equal rights to the LBGT community in employment, housing and public accommodations.Please support Ross Richardson in his campaign for City Commission.

Rick Shimel

Traverse City

Impressive background

Knowing Tim Werner for 13 years, I feel he’s an excellent choice for city commissioner. Tim brings an impressive science and engineering background and extensive volunteer experience on boards and commissions to his candidacy. His integrity and ability to listen and communicate in a positive, non-judgmental way are invaluable. Tim looks long-term at the big picture when strategizing for ways to problem solve and cares that taxpayers get the best value for their dollars. If your priorities are improving infrastructure and having safe access to the many indoor and outdoor activities TC offers, Tim Werner deserves your vote.

Connie Nichols

Traverse City

An ability to listen

We are lucky that someone of the caliber of Ross Richardson is running for City Commission. Ross is dedicated to public service, as witnessed by his two terms as County Commissioner and three years on the city Planning Commission. Ross bases his decisions on extensive research and an ability to listen to citizen concerns and translate those concerns into policy. Ross favors limiting festival use of the Open Space, letting TIF expire as promised,and maintaining the high standards we expect from our fire department. I will be voting for Ross Richardson come Nov. 5.

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