Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 1, 2012

Election Letters to the Editor: 08/01/2012


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Committed to taxpayers

Over the past 18 months remarkable things have been accomplished in Lansing. A once-debilitating $1.5 billion structural deficit has been turned into a growing surplus; wasteful state spending has been eliminated through unemployment insurance and welfare reform; the job-killing Michigan Business Tax was replaced with an equitable tax structure, leading to over 80,000 jobs created in 2011 and a rapidly declining unemployment rate.

Through his work as Commerce Committee Chairman, Rep. Wayne Schmidt has demonstrated his commitment to fighting for taxpayers and bringing prosperity back to Michigan. That is why I am voting for Wayne Schmidt on Aug. 7.

Linda Witt

Traverse City

Competent, committed

David Weatherholt has done an excellent job as the Peninsula Township treasurer for the past 12 years. He is competent and committed to working for Peninsula Township and has the experience necessary for this position. Please join us and vote for Dave's re-election.

Marilyn and Jerry Wares

Traverse City

Mark your calendar

Mark your calendar now to vote in the primary election. Most of the local city and township decisions will be decided at that time. Vote Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Kathy Woods

Traverse City

Person we need

The work Wayne Schmidt has done in Lansing is of great benefit to Michigan's taxpayers, job providers and employees alike. For example, as the shepherd of legislation through the House of Representatives stabilizing and modernizing the state's workers compensation system, Rep. Wayne Schmidt is directly responsible for saving taxpayers and employers millions of dollars and providing injured workers with a clearer, more functional process for receiving the benefits they deserve. Mr. Schmidt is the type of person we need working for us in Lansing. I encourage you to vote for Rep. Wayne Schmidt on Aug. 7.

Gabe Hisem

Traverse City

Most qualified

In the race for Probate Judge we have an outstanding candidate, Melanie Stanton. Not only does she have 10 years experience as a registered nurse (1987-1988), in her 20-plus years as an attorney in Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties she has had experience with family law, adoptions, paternity cases, estate planning, juvenile delinquency, mediator for domestic relations, guardianships/conservatorships and attorney or guardian representing neglected children, the mentally ill and developmentally disabled individuals.

I urge you to vote for the most qualified candidate in the field, Melanie Stanton. Her background and experience shows she cares.

Lynn Baumann


We need the experience

Peninsula Township's dream team is: Dave Sanger, a much-needed upgrade in financial skills for treasurer; four for the board are: Wendy Witkop, great knowledge of the township, administrative experience and assessor's background; Lanny Leak, township attorney and planning commission chair experience; Jill Byron, a proven record and excellent administrative and communications background; Penny Rosi, fine record, a long and expert background in planning and geography. Incumbents Rob Manigold and Monica Hoffman have proven time and time again they can work effectively with both sides of an issue, few others can. We need their experience. Join me, vote for these seven.

John Wunsch

Traverse City

Listens to concerns

I support Rob Manigold for Peninsula Township Supervisor. Under his leadership voters approved a program to purchase development rights to ensure Peninsula Township a quality of life important to families who have lived on the Peninsula for several generations as well as new residents. He forged excellent working relationships with government on all levels. He thoughtfully and respectfully listens to the concerns and ideas of our residents. He supports the local governance of our Peninsula Community Library and efforts to restore the historic Dougherty house. Now in these difficult times proven leadership is important.

Nikki Sobkowski

Old Mission

Commitment to service

I urge voters to support Melanie Stanton for Grand Traverse County Probate Judge. Ms. Stanton is a well respected attorney, and what really sets her apart is her commitment to public service.

This county can justifiably be proud of our court system. The staff and facilities are the best in the state. Our judges are extraordinarily independent and intelligent, and provide genuine access to justice.

As Grand Traverse Probate Judge, I believe Ms. Stanton will be a public servant of the people and for the people.

Grant W. Parsons

Traverse City

Thoughtful, patient

I have known Kirsten Keilitz for over 30 years. She has many qualities that I think our next Grand Traverse County Probate Court Judge should possess. She is thoughtful, patient, non-judgmental, a good listener and committed to our community. Speaking as a mother and a nurse, I am confident that Kirsten will keep our children safe, protect our elderly and carefully guide families through difficult times. I'm casting my vote for Kirsten Keilitz on Aug. 7, won't you?

Christie Crewes

Traverse City

Qualified individual

Having practiced law in the area for 40 years, I am supporting Melanie Stanton for Grand Traverse Probate Judge. She is the most qualified individual with extensive knowledge and experience, in addition to integrity and dedication to the law.

As Probate Judge, Melanie will follow the law but also be firm and fair in her decisions. My highest compliment is that she will be the type of Judge that I would want my clients, friends and family to have presiding over any hearing in the Probate Court. Please join me in supporting Melanie Stanton.

Michael A. Kronk

Traverse City

High ethical standards

As a family law attorney, I was Kirsten Keilitz's adversary while she was in private practice. Kirsten was always well prepared, followed the Michigan Court Rules and maintained high ethical standards. In the past 2½ years since she has been a referee in the courts, on those occasions that I have appeared before Kirsten, I find that she has not altered her practices. She is respectful to the litigants and attorneys that appear before her and thoughtful as she makes her recommendations.

Join me in supporting Kirsten Keilitz for Grand Traverse County Probate Judge on Aug. 7.

Kenneth M. Petterson

Traverse City

Competence, respect

I am voting for Bonnie Scheele for Grand Traverse County Clerk.

She has served for 15 years as Deputy County Clerk and has served us well. She has been doing the job of County Clerk with competence and respect.

Let's honor that dedication to public service and award her with our votes.

Max Old Bear

Traverse City

A fresh perspective

We will be voting for Cheryl Follette for County Clerk because she is uniquely qualified for the job.

Cheryl is the only candidate with: 24-year law practice; 20 years elected NMC Board of Trustees; experience with all local courts, longtime community volunteer; Traverse City native; and endorsed by the last two persons to hold the office (Linda Coburn 1996 - current, Virginia Watson 1981 - 1996).

Join the many community leaders that know and support Cheryl's fresh perspective to be our next County Clerk.

Don't forget, vote Follette;

Wes and Arlene Nelson

Traverse City

Judgment, knowledge

I am writing to encourage you to vote for Mark Avery for Peninsula Township Trustee. Mark is a longtime resident of the township with decades of business experience that have given him the judgment and knowledge our government needs.

Having enjoyed the benefits of living in our beautiful community for 22 years, Mark now has the desire to give back by sharing his expertise and energy to maintain the fantastic quality of life and solid government we have enjoyed. He is a hard worker, a smart man and a committed Peninsula resident. He deserves your vote.

Gilbert and Barb Zoellner

Traverse City

A balanced approach

Kevin McElyea's background and experience make him uniquely qualified to be retained as our drain commissioner. He has a hands-on style and balanced approach to managing the land and water and he knows how to work with people and the myriad of regulatory agencies.

I have known Kevin for many years, and he has always had a passion for the beauty of Northern Michigan and our surroundings. Kevin will not let our community down if he is retained as our drain commissioner. Please remember to vote on Aug. 7 for Kevin McElyea.

Peg Brace

Traverse City