I have been cross-crossing the 105th district over the past week not only to finalize my petitions to get on the ballot in November but also to start shifting to campaign mode and to listen to the concerns and ideas of the people in Antrim, Charlevoix, Montmorency, Oscoda and Otsego Counties.
Having decided to run as a candidate with no party affiliation I have had the opportunity to talk with all voters without the barrier of party affiliation that I have encountered in the past and what an eye-opening and educational experience this has been.
I have spent a lot of time over the past weeks going door-to-door in neighborhoods all over the 105th Distinct and I have been talking with people about different things going on politically and with the government and I keep hearing the same things: people are worried and uncertain about the future; people are less concerned about political party and they are focusing on the message they are hearing from the candidates and whether or not that candidate seems sincere; has integrity and is willing to work on the difficult issues in Michigan.
I have had people willing to sign my petition because of my previous affiliation with one of the major political parties; I have had people refuse to sign because I was affiliated with that party or because I am no longer affiliated with that party, I have had people willing to sign solely because of my belief that life begins at conception and ends at natural death and still others who refuse to sign for that reason alone. I can say that I am encouraged by the willingness of the people I have talked with to ask difficult questions, honestly give me their opinions and tell me “good luck”.
I was anxious about the reception I might receive when running as an “independent” candidate but from the small sample of voters I have talked with I don’t think the party matters as much as it once did and people are disappointed with both major political parties for not holding to their principles and not listening to the will of the people.
I am looking forward to this election season and giving people another choice when they go to the voting booth this November. Although I can’t be sure of the outcome I am certain that the people want a serious candidate that is willing to do the hard work on serious issues; be honest with them, represent their interests and spend more time talking with them instead of special interests and lobbyists.
My petitions have to be in Lansing on Thursday so if you haven’t had a chance to sign my petition and want to do so please let me know and I will get one to to you before Wednesday
I look forward to talking with as many of you as I can in the next couple of months and with your support representing you in Lansing in January.
Thank you for your support!