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Primary Voter Guide 2012

Primary Voter Guide 2012

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The Isabella County League of Women Voters 2012 primary election guide.
The Isabella County League of Women Voters 2012 primary election 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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Ib Couy Ck 
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PrIMarY eleCtIOn
on Tuesday, August 7, 2012
POLLS ARE OPEN 7AM TO 8PM
 
 I n f o r ma t i o n  o n  ca n d i da t e s 
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INSERT TO THE PRIMARY ELECTION GUIDE
Isabella CountyProseCutIng attorney
-
Vote for one 
question one:
What do you think is the appropriaterelationship between the Prosecutor’s ofce and other law enorcement proessionals and agencies? How would you achieve this relationship
question two:
What do you perceive as the greatest obstacle(s) to justice? 
CandidateBaCKGRound& eXPeRienCequestion 1question 2
Risa scully
Republican
age:
 
40
Web site:
www.ElectScully.com
 
campaign phone:
(989) 289-8670
email:
 
risascully@yahoo.com
pResent occupation:
Chief AssistantProsecuting Attorney
education:
CMU, BS Degree 1993, Sociologywith Concentration in Criminal Justice Cooley LawSchool, Juris Doctorate, 1997 Attorney General, Prosecutor’s Appellate Division, 1996-1997Isabella County Prosecutor’s
Ofce, 1998 to present
The Prosecutor is the chief law enforce-
ment ofcial of the county. The Prosecu
-tor provides legal advice and direction tolocal law enforcement agencies. Theremust be a relationship of respect, collabo-ration, and cooperation between the Pros-ecutor and law enforcement agencies. Atthe same time, because the Prosecutor isa servant of the law, the Prosecutor mustmaintain an independent role to ensurethat ethical charging decisions are madeand the affected persons’ rights are al-ways protected.Justice is achieved when the criminaloffender is held accountable, when thecrime victim is made as safe and as wholeas possible, and when both the offender and the victim’s rights have been recog-nized and protected throughout the entireprocess. In cases of child physical or 
sexual abuse, it can be difcult to achieve
full justice. Children must testify in court,and often, shut down or are incapable of doing so. As a result, their offenders mayreceive leniency when they shouldn’t.
tom Weiss
Republican
age:
63
campaign phone:
 
(989) 600-0409
email:
thomas.weiss@gmail.com
addRess:
 
919 Watson RoadMt. Pleasant, MI 48858
pResent occupation:
Attorney
education:
 
B.S. Accounting / Finance - LakeSuperior State University; J.D. - Michigan StateUniversity College of Law, cum laude
Thirty-ve years experience in
management and administra-
tion of complex ofces andenterprises. Signicant experi
-ence in litigation, both in crimi-nal and civil law - uniquely
qualied to act as IsabellaCounty’s chief law ofcer.
The Prosecutor is the ‘chief’ law enforce-
ment ofcer, a leader in our county’ssystem comprising ve major law enforce
-
ment agencies – all ofcers sworn to pro
-tect all of us and our way of life. Providingthat leadership requires experience, tact,
and respect – our respect for the ofcers
and their commitments, and their respectfor the professionals who carry their hardwork into the courts and chambers of jus-tice.I sincerely believe that the greatest ob-
stacles to justice exist where ofcers and
prosecuting attorneys fail to approacha case with an open mind and makeskeptical, but honest, assessments of the facts and allegations after consultingwith investigators, victims, and experts. As our attorneys’ oath provides: we shallnot counsel any case which appears tobe unjust, nor any arguments except for those we believe to be honestly debatableunder the law of the land. This is a sacredundertaking.
 
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
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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r 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.
tr J 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 anIAD 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.

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