Yes for Abed
Theresa Abed and I are Eaton County Commissioners. She is a consensus builder. There is a divisiveness between the two parties and legislators need to listen to each other, resolve their issues, and come to consensus on issues. Abed has the experience and cooperative nature to get budgets done on time. She listens carefully to public comment, thanks citizens for taking the time to address a particular issue, and for giving her further insight into an issue. Theresa Abed will make thoughtful and reasonable decisions for you - her constituents - when she becomes your state representative for district 71.
— Linda Keefe, Dimondale
Consider county policing
The Ingham County Board of Commissioners consists of 16 members. Thirteen are Democrats, three are Republicans. Most represent an urban area. Since 2006, there has been a hard core effort to get the County out of the Public Safety/Road Patrol function and shift the burden to those viewed as getting the most benefit. This focused on the 13 of the 16 townships in the county.
The arguments were fierce concerning who gets what service, the role of the County-Wide Sheriff Dept., the total millage levied by the county and priorities. In the end, over the last four years, the Sheriff has experienced a reduction of 69% in Law Enforcement/Road Patrol deputies and a 33% decrease in Detectives, in addition to a Jail Post Closing of 67 inmates and the correction officers associated.
Thirteen township elected Boards and the Emergency Planning Committee realize the potential problem of no one to respond. All are requesting citizens to consider a ballot proposal to fund enough officers to respond when a call is placed and no more. It is unprecedented that this many units of government could ever agree, however, they realize the simple fact that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners will not provide service to their constituents and proposed Jan. 1, 2011 as the end.
Regardless of how one feels about taxes and priorities. Please consider this with all due thought. I rank this as my personal number one priority over any other ballot issue. Citizens are entitled to reasonable support and response from emergency personal.
— Randy Schafer, Ingham County Commissioner
Yes for Whitmer
Whitmer’s track record speaks for itself: She took on the big drug companies by fighting to repeal an unfair one-of-a-kind Michigan law that gives drug companies total
— Thomas Morgan, East Lansing