Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

October 17, 2012

Letters to the Editor: At issue: Election 2012: 10/17/2012

Young and energetic

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Betsy Coffia and listening to her reasons for running for an elected office. Betsy, like the rest of us, is tired of politics being dominated by money and is running for state representative for the 104th District. She is not accepting any PAC money or out-of-state contributions. She's young and energetic and believes she can represent you and not the special interests.

To learn more about what Betsy believes and stands for, go to www.betsyformichigan.com. I think you will agree we need to elect Betsy Coffia for 104th State Representative on Nov. 6.

Mary K. Parker

Traverse City

Judgment, discretion

As a retired judge who served 24 years on the bench in Grand Traverse County, I have had a good opportunity to observe the two candidates for the probate court vacancy. Both are well-qualified professionally.

My endorsement of attorney Melanie Stanton is based on her ideal judicial demeanor. By that I mean all those qualities of character, temperament, judgment and discretion which distinguish great judges. In my opinion, she will bring strength to the court, mitigated by warmth, friendliness, fairness and humility, the kind of judge we all want and admire.

James R. McCormick

Traverse City

Ability, leadership

I have encountered many incredible individuals, but one who stands out is Patricia Soutas-Little, who is running for Leelanau County Commissioner, Fifth District. It is her personal drive to better the lives of others, from young to old, that is exemplary. I have had the pleasure to see Patricia in action as a fellow community member and also with her role with the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission. I have no doubt in Patricia's abilities and desire to bring strong leadership to Leelanau County, and this is why I fully support her candidacy. Leelanau County will benefit with her leadership.

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