Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 29, 2012

Election Letters to the editor: 07/29/2012


---- — No obligations

The Republican incumbent brought us taxes on pensioners, reduction in the value of our public schools, and PA 4, the let-Lansing-run-your-town law. His party challenger brings with him outside forces whom we have no idea who funds their activities — or why.

The Democrats bring in two progressives, a fine young activist and Joseph Sloan, who has seen what Lansing has been doing over the past term and wants to go down there and remind them of who and how this state was built. Joe, 100 percent local, no outside contracts, no insider obligations, just our values and our ideas.

Bill Brown

Traverse City

Exemplary leadership

I have worked with Thomas Bensley on a variety of marine related activities for the past 17 years, and I support his re-election as sheriff of Grand Traverse County. Tom has provided exemplary leadership during his tenure and has positioned his agency to be a leader in the region for providing advanced underwater search and recovery operations. He has done so by leveraging external funding sources to acquire equipment while also supporting the training of his officers to be effective in its use.

Hans VanSumeren


Care about the future

This fall Acme voters can choose between candidates who represent homeowners and families, or candidates who advocate for special business interests. The option is responsible growth or surrender to non-stop businesses and congestion. A new group wants to once again destroy the uniqueness of our township and make it another Garfield, (whose residential property taxes are higher than Acme's).

Incumbents Erick Takayama, Paul Scott, Ron Hardin, Linda Wikle and new candidates Dave Young, Chris Bassett and Virginia Tegel care about the future of our community and the preservation of our natural resources for use by our families.

Bill Hagan

Traverse City

Man of integrity

I like Mike. I support Mike Farrer for the Grand Traverse County Register of Deeds. Mike is a person that has earned the respect of many of his peers having over 38 years experience in the title business. I have served with Mike over the years through the Kiwanis Club and the Grand Traverse Home Builders Association. He is a man of integrity and will serve the community well.

Cleon "Jr." VanDyke

Traverse City

Fights for taxpayers

Recently, the three major credit agencies awarded Michigan's unemployment bonds a triple-A rating, the highest possible. Much of this is due to Rep. Wayne Schmidt. As Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Rep. Schmidt was charged with reforming Michigan's costly and outdated unemployment insurance program to save taxpayer dollars. The successful development and passage of legislation to do this is a testament to Wayne Schmidt's commitment to reduce the cost of government and fight for Michigan's hardworking taxpayers. Please join me by voting for Rep. Wayne Schmidt on Aug. 7.

Marianne Abramson

Traverse City

Qualified, dedicated

A vote for Kirsten Keilitz for Probate Judge is a vote for integrity. She has more experience than any of the other candidates. She has served for several years as a referee, handling the same cases as a judge. Kirsten is knowledgeable, qualified and dedicated.

I have known Kirsten for many years and have had the opportunity to work with her on legal matters as well as volunteer activities. Kirsten has donated countless hours to organizations helping with projects, people, and legal advice.

Please join me in voting for Kirsten Keilitz for Probate Judge on Aug. 7.

Kathleen Shannon

Traverse City

Dedicated to serve

"Dedicated to serve" is more than a tagline for the candidacy of Kirsten Keilitz to become Grand Traverse County's next Probate Judge. I grew up in the same neighborhood with Kirsten Keilitz and later served with her in the morning Rotary club. The daughter of Gene and Marlene Keilitz, Kirsten and her sister, Kelli Hannum-Spencer, a Traverse City Public Schools educator, were taught that community service is a responsibility. Dad, Gene, for years directed the local United Way; some of the family's earliest memories are of lending a hand at the Salvation Army. Please support Kirsten Keilitz for Probate Judge.

Matt Anderson

Traverse City

Strong work ethic

We are writing in support of Linda Raetz for Grand Traverse County Probate Judge. Linda is an experienced local attorney with an excellent reputation in the legal community, strong work ethic, solid community values and extensive Probate Court experience. Linda has the leadership skills needed to guide our court forward. We ask that you join us in voting for Linda Raetz for Probate Judge on Aug. 7.

Paul and Suzanne Jarboe

Traverse City

Understands the law

I encourage readers to support Melanie Stanton for Probate Judge of Grand Traverse County. In her 22 years as an attorney in Leelanau and Grand Traverse County, she has served as Misdemeanor Defense Counsel, Mental Health Court Defense Counsel, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Leelanau County, Felony Defense Counsel, Domestic Relations Mediator and Attorney or Guardian representing neglected children and the mentally ill. I have known Melanie for 27 years; she is smart, understands the law and is one of the most honest people I have ever met. I strongly urge you to vote for her Aug. 7.

Terry J. Baumann


Understands the role

After watching Wednesday's candidate forum, it is clear that Adam Lett is the choice for our next probate judge. We are not hiring a mediator; we are looking for a judge who is willing and able to make sound, principled decisions based on law. Mr. Lett was the only candidate who showed an ability to understand the role of a probate court judge and where that does and does not extend.

Please vote for Mr. Lett on Aug. 7.

Michelle Steffen

Traverse City