Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 27, 2012

Election Letters to the Editor: 07/27/2012


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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.

Rich Brauer

Traverse City

Has performed well

I have known the Bensley family since 1976. They have been contributing citizens through their church, Rotary, Northwestern Michigan College, BrickWays, Cherry Festival and others. Tom Bensley has performed very well as our sheriff. The continuity of his management team will give residents excellent law enforcement services. Tom's state and federal grants were detailed and accurate, and always provided balanced budgets with the continued level of service as needed. Tom Bensley is committed to operate the sheriff's department as one of the best in the state. He has my vote and I encourage you to cast your ballot for Tom.

Ross Childs

Traverse City

The writer is a former Grand Traverse County administrator

A trustworthy leader

Nicole Stibbs is dedicated, a leader, trustworthy and a team-oriented person who puts the needs of others before herself. Having worked with Nicole while serving as superintendent of the Elk Rapids Schools, I found her to be tireless, enthusiastic and highly talented in all financial related jobs she took on.

A vote for Nicole as Whitewater Township Treasurer ensures that you will have an intelligent, capable, honest person overseeing the financial welfare of the township.

Jon Hoover

Elk Rapids

Years of experience

Grand Traverse County residents, when you vote this year please cast your vote for Michael Farrer for Grand Traverse County Register of Deeds. I have had the pleasure of working with Michael Farrer for many years; his integrity, loyalty and faith is commendable. He has years of experience working with the Register of Deeds offices and I know he will serve the people with a strong sense of professionalism and commitment. In closing, I like Mike, and I am very confident that you will too.

Sabrina Gaylord

Traverse City

Balance, common sense

It's time to bring balance and common sense back to Michigan's Legislature. Joseph Sloan is a moderate Democrat running against extreme right wing Republican ideologues. Joseph believes in adequately funding our educational system, the key to our state's future. Mr. Sloan is also passionate about protecting our water from diversion to other states and being polluted by the natural gas industry. Millions of gallons of water will be poisoned by the oil and gas corporations for their profits. We need a representative supporting our interests instead of big business.

Vote Sloan for Michigan House of Representatives.

John E. McDonald

Traverse City

Brings professionalism

Many thanks to David Marshall for his highly professional service as a Leelanau County Commissioner. His conscientious preparation, level-headed approach to issues and willingness to let the people's voices be heard will be sorely missed.

However, Carolyn "Peachy" Rentenbach has our full support to become the next County Commissioner representing Cleveland, Empire and Glen Arbor Townships. As taxpayers with property in each of these three townships, we have complete confidence that Peachy will bring the professionalism, values and level of preparation that we have been so fortunate to have in David Marshall's service to Leelanau County residents.

David and Laurel Jeris