To the Journal editor:
When voters head to the polls Nov. 6, the people are going to have to make some very tough decisions. At this time in our states history we need a representative who has delivered for the people time and time again.
That's why I'm supporting John Kivela for State Representative for the 109th district.
Being the mayor of Marquette the last four years has given Mr. Kivela the experience we need to be our next state rep. During that span (including two additional years as a commissioner) John has worked to finish projects that had been put on hold for decades including the new development for Founders Landing, the extension of both Seventh Street and McClellan Avenue.
It hasn't been easy being the leader of a significant size municipality in the greatest economic downturn since the 1930's has been especially hard at the local level, yet with the ability to work with other people budgets have been passed, taxes have been lowered, and the senior center is going as strong as ever because of the millage passed in 2006.
While the state of Michigan fell to depths so low that it still hasn't even fully recovered yet.
By taking no special interest or PAC money this gesture truly shows that he will represent the entire district and his voting record will prove the very same thing.
He has turned away money from groups that want to support him but he has taken the bold step once again as he sent the checks back to the groups
When the legislative session opens in January I want someone who represents my values of hard work, working together with others and always keeping their word even when it's not the most popular decision.
That's why I'm voting for Kivela.