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October 24, 2012

Election Letters to the Editor: 10/24/2012

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Woody Smith

Traverse City

Because she cares

While hesitant to write, I believe it's important that voters in Grand Traverse County are aware of Melanie Stanton's professionalism and concern for people. Without her guidance and assistance, I would be in prison or worse. I was an early participant in Mental Health Court. Melanie was instrumental in developing that specialty court and representing participants.

At that devastating time, Melanie provided excellent legal representation. On a personal level she encouraged me not to "quit" and believed in me. Since then, I have been a responsible, productive member of society.

Please join me in supporting Melanie Stanton because she cares.

John Adams

Traverse City

Attentive listener

Betsy Coffia believes passionately that we, the people, deserve true representative government. An attentive listener and conscientious researcher, Betsy solicits a variety of viewpoints when considering key issues.

A true leader, she inspires citizens to work together toward common goals. Betsy believes in investing in our children's educations to prepare them for 21st century challenges and opportunities. She knows that a vibrant economy depends on growing businesses that provide livable wages while preserving forests and farmlands, clean air and water. Visit www.betsyformichigan.com to learn what Betsy will offer the 104th as our state representative.

Carla Bloom

Traverse City

The superior candidate

Sometimes there is an election in which one candidate is far more qualified, more experienced and has a much better track record than his opponent. That is exactly the case in the race for Grand Traverse County sheriff. The incumbent, Tom Bensley, is by far the superior candidate and, even better, he's already proven he can do the job and do it very well. We're lucky to have Tom Bensley as our sheriff, and we should keep him on the job.

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