To the Journal editor:
I agree with Jackie Stark, outstanding reporter, who writes, "We elect people to represent us, not a political party." "... There are few things more powerful than an informed electorate, and few things more dangerous than an uninformed one." (The Mining Journal, Oct. 27).
One source of information is the League of Women Voters of Michigan 2012 Nonpartisan Voter Guide. A paper copy is available at Peter White Public Library reference desk or it can be accessed online at www.lwmi.org.
"Judges are different from other elected officials; their role is to uphold the law, not represent the voters." We should expect from the judicial candidates a "campaign conduct consistent with judicial rules and ethics; Impartiality and commitment to the law, rather than public opinion." " Service demonstrated as commitment to justice for all." (LWV)
Probate judge is not a popularity contest; it is a nonpartisan probate judge public office that must maintain justice for all. I support George Hyde for probate judge. I support Independent Wayne Dees for Chocolay Township clerk. I support Pete Mackin for Chocolay Township supervisor. I support write-in candidate Carrie Biolo for Marquette school board.
For District 6 of the Marquette County Commission (Chocolay and Sands townships and Precinct 2 of the city of Marquette,) I support Nick Smaby. There is a dire need for change. It is time to get rid of the cronies in the Marquette County autocracy. If Mr. Seppanen who served eight terms from 1985-2002 is elected again, he will continue to receive his monthly $300.07 County Commission retirement which he began collecting April 1, 2007, as well as the annual County Commission $8,000 stipend. (FOIA)
If Mr. Arsenault is defeated, he will receive a County Commission monthly retirement benefit of $405.40. If Mr. Corkin is defeated, his monthly retirement benefit will be $516.15. (Reporting year 2011.) (FOIA)
The reduction of County Commission districts at the hands of the Democrats is a violation of my Constitutional Right of Equal Representation. The increase in Marquette County population would have warranted an increase in the Commission districts, not a decrease.
One 2012 candidate had the audacity to tell me a fewer number of commissioners would be less costly. As I continue to be informed, I am of the opinion the old timers, recyclables are costing the taxpayers dearly, not saving us hard-earned dollars. Read The Mining Journal. Become informed. Vote Tuesday.
Theresa Brodowski Scram