Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 22, 2012

Letters to the Editor: At Issue: Elections

Steadfast integrity

As a retired police administrator I support the re-election of Thomas Bensley as sheriff of Grand Traverse County. Tom smoothly assumed command of a busy law enforcement agency and has run it effectively. He faced two difficult misconduct incidents within his agency, among the most demanding challenges facing any law enforcement administrator. He did so quietly, effectively and correctly. From my 30-plus years with the Michigan State Police, and as an International Police Training Officer I know him to be a man of few words, uncompromising integrity and committed to professionalism.

Jim Downer

Traverse City

Most qualified

The Aug. 7 primary will determine all elected offices in Peninsula Township because the only contested races are running under one party. The office of treasurer is a particularly important decision. Dave Sanger is clearly the most qualified candidate, offering a detailed plan for efficiency and cost savings. In these increasingly challenging economic times, we need the person with the most financial and business experience. Please review Dave's credentials at Please vote in the primary.

Dave Murphy

Traverse City

Steady hand at the helm

Just a quick note of encouragement to support Tom Bensley in his re-election for sheriff of Grand Traverse County. Tom has provided a steady hand at the helm and the shown the leadership required of being the chief law enforcement officer in our area. I believe he deserves our support in the coming election. I hope all voting citizens of our area join me in re-electing Tom Bensley for Grand Traverse County Sheriff.

Brian D. Spencer

Traverse City

Experience, knowledge

Bonnie Scheele has my vote for county clerk. I have known Bonnie since high school (32 years), and more recently, I worked with her in the county clerk's office for over a year. Bonnie is experienced, knowledgeable, ambitious, smart, kind, compassionate and very customer-service oriented. She will go the extra mile to help customers, within the law. Her election experience is second only to our current county clerk. I have never become involved in a political campaign before, but I am passionate about Bonnie's qualifications.

Please join me in voting for Bonnie's experience, knowledge and kindness. Scheele for county clerk.

Leanne Rubello Laucky

Traverse City

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