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July 31, 2012

Election Letters to the Editor: 07/31/2012

Pragmatic, reasoned

With the great representation we have for our counties in the state Legislature, northern Michigan is in a very favorable position. One individual who stands out is Rep. Wayne Schmidt. He always advocates positions with the welfare of our region in mind. He is pragmatic and does not say or do things haphazardly, but rather takes a reasoned approach. He is skilled at developing a consensus among people with different viewpoints, leading to the best possible solution. That is why I am voting for Wayne Schmidt on Aug. 7, and I encourage you to do the same.

Pat Elshaw

Traverse City

Impeccable experience

Running a successful business requires having the proper tools. Being an owner of a local title insurance company, one of our most critical tools is the office of the register of deeds. How well that office runs reflects directly on how well my business runs. Our experience with Peggy Haines and the Grand Traverse Register of Deeds office has been impeccable from the time Ms. Haines was first elected. Please vote for Peggy Haines for the Register of Deeds.

Marvin Jensen

South Boardman

Has the education

I believe Bonnie Scheele is the best candidate for county clerk. She has done an exceptional job of serving the citizens of Grand Traverse County for 15 years as the deputy director to the county clerk. Bonnie has the education, professionalism, attention to detail and experience needed for this important position. Due to her excellent interpersonal skills, she has built positive working relationships with the current county staff and township officials, as well as provided superb customer service for residents.

On Aug. 7 please cast your Grand Traverse County Clerk vote for the experienced candidate, Bonnie Scheele.

Mary Kay Stier-Hicks

Williamsburg

Both qualified, prepared

In Grand Traverse County there are approximately 400 lawyers legally qualified to run for the open probate judge position and four have chosen to seek that office. I have practiced with or before two of them, Kirsten Keilitz and Melanie Stanton. Both are legally qualified and prepared to assume the duties on Jan. 1, 2013. Kirsten was appointed the court referee by a committee of judges in 2009 and has presided over numerous cases since then. Melanie has extensive experience representing individuals in the Probate Court. I personally like both women, but a slight advantage to Ms. Keilitz.

Dave Clark

Traverse City

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