ORMAND HOOK: Vote, and vote wisely

To the editor:

Election Day, Nov. 4, will soon be here and most of us will be glad for all the ads, signs and robo-calls to end. But in comparison to all the hardships endured at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge by American soldiers, this nuisance is nothing. In fact, Election Day is not only a privilege, but a duty of the first order.

The duty of American citizens, as laid out in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, is to give our “consent” to those who represent us in government. The citizen is the real ruler and it is the responsibility of the citizen to exercise that duty. I urge everyone to take that responsibility seriously next Tuesday.

Here in Mecosta County we have the opportunity to send to their respective legislative bodies, three individuals who by their record will carry out the wishes of us, the governed. The first representative is Phil Potvin, Chair of the Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture, from our Michigan Legislative District 102. Mr. Potvin sponsored the Anti-Bullying bill and the “OK to Say” hotline.

The second representative of “the governed” is Judy Emmons from the 33rd Senate District. Judy Emmons has been the force that has developed the Human Trafficking legislation, which just became law within the last two weeks. This new law greatly improves the safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.

Finally, our third speaker for “the governed” is John Moolenaar, seeking the District 4 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. John Moolenaar, while serving in the Michigan Senate, has led the efforts for our veterans by waiving certain fees as they enter various occupations. He has also sponsored and led legislation to increase OB/GYN availability in rural areas of Michigan.

Please support Potvin, Emmons, Moolenaar and the rest of the Comeback Team.

Ormand Hook, Chair

Mecosta County Republicans

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