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Isabella Primary Voters Guide 2012

Isabella Primary Voters Guide 2012

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The Isabella County League of Women Voters 2012 primary voters guide.
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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS • MOUNT PLEASANT AREA
ISABELLACOUNTY LOCALVOTER GUIDE 2012
 Irmati r thi Gidwa mpild y th Lag  Wm Vtr, Mt Plaat  Ara. Rp ar i adidatw wrd ad hav t ditd. “Matrial t availal”idiat rp wr t rivd rm adidat y thrqird dat r pliati.Pliati  th tatmtad pii  adidat illy i th itrt  plirvi ad i  way i t trd a a drmt y th Lag  WmVtr. Th Lag ta rpiility r ay  th viwr at tatd y th adidat.
The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization,encourages informed and active participation in government. The Leaguenever supports or opposes any political party or candidate.
InsIde
 
 are the CandIdates FOr theMt. Pleasant area PrIMarY eleCtIOn
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on Tuesday, August 7, 2012
POLLS ARE OPEN 7AM TO 8PM
 
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The League contacted candidates in contested races for biographical information and answers to questions on issues. The an-swers are printed as submitted and have not been edited. When a candidate exceeded the word limit the answer is ended with anellipsis (…). If the candidate did not reply by the required date for publication, the words “Material Not Available” appear under thecandidate’s name.
Isabella County sherIff
-
Vote for one 
question one:
What, i any, changes would you implement inthe operation o the sheri’s ofce? 
question two:
Do you see a shit in the types o crimes inIsabella County? I so, what are your plans to address this? 
CandidateBaCKGRound& eXPeRienCequestion 1question 2
Rbr Bb H
RepuBlican
age:
40
WeBsite:
hallforisabellasheriff.com
campaign pHone:
(989) 621-0961
email:
hallforisabellasheriff@gmail.com
addRess:
209 N. Chippewa St.Shepherd, MI 48883
pResent occupation:
 
Police Ofcer 
education:
 Graduated Ithaca High School, Studied aerospacepropulsion at Community College of the Air Force,Studied Criminal Justice at Central Carolina Techni-cal College, Delta College, North Eastern BasicPolice Academy, and countless hours of in service
training specic to the position of police ofcer.
US Air Force Veteran, Shep-herd Police, Clare CountySheriff Dept, Sag Chip TribalPolice, Carrollton TownshipPolice, K9, Detective BAY- ANET, Isabella County emer-gency services team, shiftsupervisor, police instructor,
eld training ofcer, Isabellaco trafc team, MSP meth lab
response team, marine & bikepatrol.Immediately work on getting the road pa-trol deputy wasted on prisoner transport
(a corrections ofcer job), back on the
streets protecting and serving. Utilize 12hour shifts, which will provide better patrolservices at no extra cost. Start a reservedeputy volunteer unit, which will be able todo numerous duties; that would otherwiseremove a regular deputy from patrol. Stop
scal waste, like take home cars for Sher 
-iff and Admin on the county taxpayer’sdime. Overhaul day to day operations.I wouldn’t say there is a shift in the typeof crimes, but our community does expe-rience crime sprees on occasion (mostlyproperty crime in nature). The best planis prevention, which usually is accom-plished by visible patrols. This can be
accomplished by stopping scal waste
within the Sheriff Department and proper management of resources. I also feel anactive Sheriff can help with day to daytasks at times, to keep road patrols outand about; rather than having them “run-ning errands”.
l mzwk
RepuBlican
age:
57
WeBsite:
sherifeo.com
email:
sherifeo@hotmail.com
addRess:
5115 E. Valley Rd.Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
pResent occupation:
 Isabella County Sheriff.
education:
 Master’s degree in Public Administration, Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Business Administrationand Broadcasting. Graduate of the FBI National Academy, as well as numerous Executive Leader-ship Institutes for Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Full-time, certied law enforce
-
ment ofcer for the past 27
years. I oversee a budget of $4.5 million, supervise over 50 employees and haveextensive administrative,supervisory, budgeting, grant-writing and human resourcemanagement experience. I amalso a trained K-9 Handler andHostage Negotiator.The Sheriff’s Department is in the process
of taking a regional approach to ghting
crime. We recognize that it is not uncom-mon to have two or more police agenciesinvestigating crimes committed by thesame person. Recently, individuals werearrested for breaking into over 104 homesin a 6 county area, including IsabellaCounty. Without cooperation and informa-tion sharing between detectives from thesix counties, arrests in those cases maynot have occurred.The Sheriff’s Department is seeing an in-crease in breaking & entering, larceny andidentity theft calls. Over the past 3 years,breaking and enterings have increased15%. The Sheriff’s Department has beenaggressive in addressing the issues bypresenting Community Watch (Neighbor-hood Watch) and Identity Theft programsto our citizens. The programs provide citi-zens with suggestions and information onsimple steps that can be taken to help en-sure they do not become victims of crime.
thr Jh Vr 
democRat
age:
45
addRess:
7287 W Fremont Rd.Blanchard, MI 49310
WeBsite:
www.Visner4Sheriff.com
campaign pHone:
(989) 561-2422
email:
Ted@Visner4Sheriff.com
pResent occupation:
Candidate for Isabella County Sheriff and student of law
education:
Material Not Available.For a more complete answer to the ques-tion asked, please visit www.Visner4Sher-iff.com Reduction of civil suits againstthe dept from inside and out. Creating an
IAD within the dept adding jobs. Improv
-ing morale through pay and educationincentives. Restoring the public trust.Negotiating with the union to resolve cur-rent issues. Establishing a “mission state-ment” that includes the concepts behind“To Serve and to Protect”. Replacing man-agers that insist on forcing citizens to suethe depart.In a down economy crimes turn moretowards crimes of opportunity, many of which can be avoided through public edu-cation. Crimes are also becoming moresophisticated. In order to maintain order,educating our LEOs is of top priority. Asthe types of crimes change, so do theefforts needed to stop or prevent themall together. Absent an extinction levelevent, crime will continue to advance atthe same or greater pace than technologyand to keep up, education needs to be toppriority.
 
Isabella County ClerK
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Vote for one 
question one:
What do you consider key issues to beaddressed by the County Clerk’s Ofce in the next our years? 
question two:
We have seen improvements in voting accesswith the provisions o the “Help Americans Vote Act.” In your view what are other steps that can be taken to continue providing equitable, easy and air access to the polls? 
CandidateBaCKGRound& eXPeRienCequestion 1question 2
p J Hwk
RepuBlican
age:
58
addRess:
106 West Orchard,P.O. Box 432, Shepherd MI 48883
WeBsite:
facebook.com/paulhawkins
campaign pHone:
(989) 828-6641
email:
pjhawkins2@frontier.com
pResent occupation:
 Owner of Hawkins Appliance Service
education:
Mid Michigan Community College Associate Business Administration, Shepherd HighSchool Class of 1971Currently Coe TownshipClerk, Village of ShepherdZBA Chairman, Bus Driver for Shepherd Public SchoolsPAST: Village of ShepherdTrustee, Village of ShepherdPresident Pro Tempore, PoliceComm. Chairman, Fire Comm.Chairman, Zoning Comm.Member, County PrecinctDelegate, Delegate to StateConvention, 4-H Adult Leader  As Coe Twp Clerk, due to cuts in revenuesharing, I work within budget constraints. Iwill strive to keep cost down and continueaffordable fees without cutting countyservices. Elections are the most vitalcomponent of any clerk position. As TwpClerk I am fully trained in the latest elec-tion regulations. I will use this experienceat the county level. The relationship be-tween the Co. Clerk and Twp Clerks is keyto the successful system now in place. Iwill maintain these relationships.Isabella Co is compliant with HAVA butcan improve on informing seniors andpeople with disabilities of these changes.Visiting senior centers and civic organi-zations would be an effective, affordableway to raise awareness. Another prioritywould be visiting high schools to educatefuture voters of the ease of the votingprocess and the importance of being in-formed. While keeping up with technologi-cal advances, tools, and opportunities, wemust remember our citizens who do notuse computers.
m B lx
RepuBlican
age:
38
addRess:
1240 Buckingham PlaceMt. Pleasant, MI 48858
WeBsite
: www.mindelux.com
campaign pHone:
(989) 773-3428
email:
minde_lux@yahoo.com
pResent occupation:
Isabella County Register of Deeds Deputy Clerk
education:
Shepherd High School, Mid MichiganCommunity College studied in Business 14 Years of Governmental ExperienceIsabella Co. Employee1994-Present: V.A & Register of Deeds. Co-Owner: LuxFuneral Home, Mt. PleasantPlanning Comm., Sheriff’sVictim Services Unit, Cert.Emergency Response Team,Comm. Cancer Servies.,Relayfor Life, Ganiard PTO, Cham-ber of Commerce, Past Mem-ber: 12 yrs. Isabella Co. Parks& Rec. Chair, Lions Club.Key issues facing the County Clerk inthe next four years are the Budget andTechnology. With the decrease in staterevenue sharing, we could be facing cutsin employees & future budgets, unlessrevenue sharing is increased. Workingfor the County for 14 years has givenme the ability to foresee areas where wecan increase revenue utilizing the currentwebsite services. The county clerk needs
to continue to make the ofce more self-sufcient and conscious of how expendi
-tures are spent.In my view examples of steps that couldbe taken to continue providing equitable,easy and fair access to the polls is to stayon top with state and local upgrades intechnology to election procedures, votingmachines, record-keeping and poll worker 
training. We need to nd organizations
that are willing to sponsor I Ride bussesto and from poll locations for seniors anddisabled voters. Also, we need to makesure all voter locations are 100% acces-sible and motivate more people to vote.
l a sh
RepuBlican
age:
54
addRess:
P.O. Box 338Shepherd, MI 48883
WeBsite:
louannschmidt.com
campaign pHone:
(989) 330-3558
email:
lschmidt.sps@gmail.com
pResent occupation:
Teacher 
education:
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree inEducationTeacher for 31 years.The topics that I consider the key issuesthat need to be addressed by the County
Clerk’s Ofce in the next four years in
-clude; the smooth transition from the cur-rent clerk to new clerk, budget alignmentwhile addressing potential budget cuts,education and training of election work-ers, and continuing attentive and personal
customer service within the ofce and
through online resources.I do believe some people avoid voting dueto limited education about the voting pro-cess or in some instances because theydo not realize what is actually on the ballotat each election. I would hope to changethis by visiting local schools addressingcivics classes and senior English classesin order to inform the students and en-courage them to become involved in theelection process. This should help poten-tial voters have a better understanding theimpact that voting can have on their lives.
K Y
RepuBlican
age:
42
addRess:
8320 Upton DriveShepherd, MI 48883
campaign pHone:
(989) 828-5599
email:
kimyatesforclerk@gmail.com
pResent occupation:
Textbook Buye
education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration20+ years experience in cus-tomer service and managingdata. Volunteer for ShepherdMaple Syrup Festival. Summer Ball Board Treasurer. Lifelongresident of Isabella County.Dedicated loyal employeewith strong attention to detail.Ready and willing to learn andserve the citizens of IsabellaCounty.I think the key issues that should be ad-
dressed by the County Clerk’s Ofce in
the next four years are electronic death
certicate ling, continued advancements
in making voting easier and more accessi-ble for the people of Isabella County, andmost importantly to continue to providean outstanding level of customer serviceto the citizens of Isabella County as wellas those from outside our County who re-quire the services of the Isabella CountyClerk.I believe we should look at more ways toget the voters to the polls by providing asmuch free transportation as possible. Ialso feel we need to get the younger gen-eration involved more also by educatingthem in the schools about voting and howeasy it is and not something to be afraidof doing.

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