I am writing to support Rep. Wayne Schmidt in the upcoming Republican primary election. Rep. Schmidt has strived to improve the economic vitality of our region and state. As a small-business owner and employer I know firsthand that the creation and sustainability of quality jobs are essential to our region's success. In stark contrast to his primary opponent, Rep. Schmidt supports intelligent long-term planning and zoning for our region's growth, and has promoted the valuable Pure Michigan initiative. Rep. Schmidt treats each person with respect. This integrity is necessary in today's polarized political environment.
Supports right to work
I am voting for Jason Gillman because he supports the right to work law and the Senate proposal (SB1040) for teacher pension reform that shifts new workers to a 401K plan which would save taxpayers a lot of money. The house version (Wayne Schmidt) does not do this. It also penalizes schools that cut costs by outsourcing with an 11.9 percent penalty that goes into teacher's pensions. To me that is pro-union and not looking out for the taxpayers.
Want leadership in Acme that's proven supportive of smart business growth, enhancing our quality of life and environmentally sound practices? Look at this: Shoreline Park, Horseshows by the Bay, support of Acme agri-business through Farmland Preservation, launch of the Acme Business Association, ambulance service in Acme Township, a healthy budget and general fund, a strong township bond rating, a 15 percent increase in businesses in Acme in the past year, a healthy, balanced budget and a robust general fund. Keep the present sensible leadership. Vote to re-elect Linda Wikle for treasurer of Acme Township.
Dedication, new ideas
Betsy Coffia's talents, dedication and new ideas are critically needed in Lansing to reform a state Legislature that has become unresponsive to Grand Traverse County and all of Michigan's residents.
Betsy is committed to the notion that government should serve its citizens, not rule over them. She fought hard to repeal the undemocratic Emergency Manager law and believes that government can be a positive force for good when the right people are in office. She is one the right people.
Please join me and my friends in supporting Betsy Coffia for the 104th District in the Michigan House.
Well suited, independent
Adam Lett has extensive experience in probate court, handling cases regularly over the past 16 years, and not just infrequently. He is knowledgeable in this complicated area of the law and is committed to staying in this area of work. He is not a politician and is well suited to be a judge. Adam is community minded, independent and will do the right thing, not just the easy thing. He is family oriented, married for 17 years with two children. He is the most qualified of the candidates running; I urge others to vote for Adam Lett for probate judge.
Education and experience
I am supporting Heidi Scheppe for Grand Traverse County Treasurer. Heidi has the education and governmental experience to provide the type of service that the taxpayers and citizens of Grand Traverse County expect and deserve from their elected official.
William J. Rokos
Kept his first promise
State Representative candidate Jason Gillman won't accept the status quo. When elected County Commissioner two years ago, he rejected expensive "fringe benefit" health insurance voted in by prior Commissions. Gillman kept his first promise. Campaigning, Gillman points out that American Legion baseball sponsorship was a decades-long tradition that ended when "government" forced out the veterans. Gillman successfully led the battle to return baseball to American Legion veterans. In his first term, Gillman championed and led the Commission to endorse freedom to work legislation to help Michigan's job market. It pass in Indiana, pending in Michigan. Vote Gillman, a straight-talking leader.
On Aug. 7 please consider Mike Borkovich's very distinguished qualifications for Leelanau County Sheriff, which include 32 years of Department of Natural Resources law enforcement experience, 24 years as instructor at the Northwestern Michigan College Police Academy and many state and national honors for law enforcement work. He is an approachable and fair-minded family man well known in our community. As sheriff, he will provide much-needed leadership while promoting trust and competency. Mike has a reputation as a uniquely qualified problem solver and deserves your vote as our next sheriff.
It's with great excitement and hope that I await the Aug. 7 Primary election. Having Betsy Coffia on the ballot for 104th District Representative has given me this attitude, and I encourage all Grand Traverse voters to become aware of all that Betsy is capable of providing our district.
In the seven years that I've known Betsy, professionally and personally, I have seen the highest level of character, wisdom and positive determination. She consistently demonstrates that she is the person for the job.
Please vote for the changes we need in Lansing — vote for Betsy Coffia on Aug. 7.
Man of integrity
This November let's send a leader to Lansing who genuinely cares about the needs of the middle and working classes and will work on their behalf. That person is Joseph Sloan, an experienced leader as well as a tireless worker and a man of integrity.
Joseph is committed to working for the right of every citizen to political, legal, social and economic equality. He supports education and the notion that people deserve to earn a living wage.
On Aug. 7 please vote for Joseph Sloan for State Representative for the 104 District for authentic representation and meaningful change in Lansing.
Donna J. Miller
Gracious and committed
I've practiced law here for 16 years and know Kirsten Keilitz, candidate for Grand Traverse County Probate Judge, very well.
She is a Domestic Relations and Juvenile/Family Division Referee. No other probate judge candidate has this level of courtroom experience. Kirsten practiced family law for 15-plus years.
The key similarities between probate and family law — money, emotions and family. Gracious and committed, she's the right person to preside in a court for people facing their most troubling situations.
I unequivocally recommend Kirsten L. Keilitz as the county's next probate judge. Vote for Kirsten in the Aug. 7 primary election.
Mardi L. Black
Looks out for constituents
I support Glen Lile as East Bay Township Supervisor. Glen was elected supervisor when East Bay was having financial difficulty and today it has a healthy fund balance. I have worked with Glen on numerous boards and he is not afraid to ask the difficult questions and to stand up for what is best for East Bay. Glen has proven to look out for the interest of his constituents and should be elected for another term.
The writer is Blair Township supervisor.