Regarding this year’s primary election on August 3rd, the Designated Conservative has been asked many times “Who’s Who” and “Which way are you voting?” For my readers, I will offer my thoughts and preferences on various races and candidates:
Michigan Governor: Pete Hoekstra (R) is a conservative former business executive who happens to be the right candidate with the right experience to be successful as Governor, right now.
State Representative, District 52: Mark Ouimet (R)
State Representative, District 54: Rodney Nanney (R)
State Representative, District 55: Rick Olson (R)
Michigan Senate: State Senator, District 18: John Hochstetler (R), a farmer from the west side of the county, focused on strengthening our agricultural economy (one of the top three sectors of the Michigan economy, along with tourism and manufacturing). The Designated Conservative met Mr. Hochstetler at a recent republican party event, and was impressed with his practical, let’s-solve-the-problem approach to all that afflicts us in Michigan these days.
Washtenaw County Commissioner:
District 2 (Northfield, Salem, part of Superior townships): Dan Smith (R), currently a Northfield Twp. Trustee. This was a difficult choice, because the Designated Conservative is also impressed with Dr. Ben Colmery (R), a local veterinarian running for office for the first time.
District 5 (eastern part of Ypsilanti township): Dan Benefiel (R), a member of the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus and first-time candidate. Dan has been everywhere it seems, going door-to-door for his campaign. He understands the budget and other issues facing the county, and if he puts as much energy into being County Commissioner, folks in Ypsilanti Twp. will be well represented on the Board of Commissioners!
District 6 (City of Ypsilanti and part of Ypsilanti Twp.): Mark Namatevs (D), because Mr. Peterson has been in this seat for far too long and has done far too little to help the City of Ypsilanti be successful in dealing with fiscal challenges, especially in the area of public safety.
City of Ypsilanti, Mayor and City Council:
Mayor: Pete Murdock (D). Pete and his wife Grace were the organizers and driving forces behind the successful “Stop the City Income Tax” campaign in 2007. Pete crossed party and ideological lines to build a remarkable coalition of volunteers and supporters to soundly defeat a proposed local income tax. He then ran for City Council in 2008 and won that too. Since then, he has served as a de facto leader, moving the City Council in a more pragmatic and fiscally conservative direction, and away from the “Pay no attention to that former mayor behind the curtain” leadership void created by current Mayor Paul Schreiber.
City Council, Ward 1: Ricky Jefferson (D), a first-time officeseeker. The Designated Conservative was very impressed with Mr. Jefferson when we met at a candidate function back in May. The other two perennial candidates in this race have offer nothing more than the same tired, incurious, and mediocre level of representation that we must avoid going back to if Ypsilanti is going to survive the coming lean years.
City Council, Ward 2: Dan Vogt (D), the only candidate actually eligible to serve on City Council, since Mayor Schreiber’s hand-picked candidate has conflicts with a (lousy) law called the Hatch Act.
City Council, Ward 3: Brian Robb (D), a bright light on City Council who deserves to be re-elected.