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July 27, 2012

Election Letters to the Editor: 07/27/2012

Most qualified

As husband to Melanie Stanton, candidate for probate court judge, I want to say that in addition to her extensive law experience, nursing background, honesty, intelligence and passion for doing what is right, Melanie is a fabulous wife to me and a loving, caring mother to our twin 16-year-old daughters.

Please vote for the most qualified candidate and for someone who cares deeply about the people in our community. Vote for Melanie Stanton for probate court judge.

Bob Stanton

Traverse City

Highly compassionate

As a 28-year veteran of the 86th District Court I had the opportunity to work with Melanie Stanton on a regular basis as both a practicing attorney and assistant prosecuting attorney in Leelanau County.

Her high levels of compassion, ability and dedication make her the clear choice for Grand Traverse County Probate Judge.

Please join me in supporting Melanie Stanton for Probate Judge in Grand Traverse County.

Virginia Reed

Maple City

The writer is a retired 86th District Court Magistrate

Adds professionalism

Peninsula Township voters have the opportunity to elect Dave Sanger as treasurer. Dave has a successful background in business and finance, experience in the way our township works (as a seven-plus year member of the planning commission and chair of the fire board) and solid ideas for saving the township money, elevating the level of accountability, effectiveness and reporting.

Dave Sanger will bring added professionalism to the way our township finances are managed. His addition to the board will enhance the already strong candidates running for re-election; Rob Manigold as supervisor, Jill Byron for trustee and Penny Rosi for trustee.

Mary Beth Milliken

Traverse City

Respects who he serves

I've known Tom Bensley for many years and can speak to his honesty and creative problem-solving abilities. Not long ago, I had the pleasure of working with him on a complex underwater film project where he served as divemaster. His cool head and calm demeanor provided a safe and professional environment for those of us working underwater. I've seen him work with people, and I've watched him excel at his position as Grand Traverse County Sheriff. He respects the people he serves, and I have no doubts he will continue to be an excellent law enforcement official.

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