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Manistee Dems Filling the Slate for County Commission
Six out of the seven County Commission Districts have declared and filed Democratic candidates The goal of having every position contested was not reached but we came close and have an extremely good slate. Below are the individuals who have will appear on the ballot.
1st District - Bernie Ware
2nd District - Alan O'Shea
3rd District - Brook Schafer
4th District - Karen Kolb
6th District - Karen Goodman
7th District - Meg Batzer
Ken Falk in Battle for Sheriff
For over 24 years, I have been employed with the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office. I have experience in most of the positions within the Sheriff’s Office. For the past eight years, I have been the Manistee County Emergency Manager.
I have written and have been involved with numerous grants, bringing over $100,000 to Manistee County for public safety. I brought the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) to Manistee County.
I’m running for the office of Sheriff because I feel I know Manistee County’s strengths and weaknesses, when dealing with public safety issues. I will continue the professionalism the Manistee County Sheriff's Office gives to our community. I have lived in Manistee County almost my entire life and want to keep this community as safe and prepared as possible.
Next Regular Meeting
September 22, 2016
Meeting 7 PM
Campaign and final prep for
Don Jennings Dinner
Words from the County Chair
Can Democrats be Fiscally Conservative?
I was at a recent debate of local candidates for County Sheriff. In the Manistee County Sheriff race, there are two Republicans and our Democratic candidate, Ken Falk. All three were asked “How will your party affiliation affect the way you carry out your duties?” Ken and one of the Republicans stated that they would perform their duties without regard to party affiliation. This is a reasonable answer given the duties of our chief law enforcement officer. None of us want differential treatment based on politics.
Putting politics aside, I hope our next Sheriff manages the office with an eye toward Democratic ideals of social justice, equality, liberty, diversity, restorative justice, rehabilitation, and all of the rights and responsibilities included in our constitution. The County Sheriff can and should establish a culture within his or her department that promotes these ideals. Possibly these topic can be explored in more depth in the next debate.
The answer to this question from the second Republican candidate was a little more enlightening and much more concerning. He said he would be guided by Republican conservative values. His explanation centered on being fiscally conservative with taxpayer resources. Being fiscally prudent is laudable and promoted by Democrats. But the actions of prominent Michigan Republicans demonstrate that they have a much different definition of fiscal conservatism.
A closer look at Republican actions shows their policies have little to do with the public interest. Consider Governor Snyder’s decision to forgo payment of $150 per day to treat the water in Flint resulting in untold harm to children and millions of dollars in damages. Consider the Republican’s decimation of the Detroit Public School system resulting in further economic decline and poverty in Michigan. And look at the consequences of the Republican’s inadequate attention to our roads and infrastructure. All of these and more are examples of the Republican’s conservative fiscal policy designed to cut taxes for the rich while neglecting the needs of our middle class and lower income citizens.
Most Democrats especially in rural areas promote liberal views on social justice, equality, liberty, diversity, opportunity for all and the principles in our constitution. And Democrats also demand fiscal accountability from our public officials. Unlike many Republican officials, our brand of “fiscal conservatism” requires consideration of the consequences of failure to properly invest in the public interest.
Democrats recognize that budget cuts to slash taxes for the rich are much more expensive in the long run. Good outcomes from strategic investments in people and in infrastructure are much more effective than the short-term gains resulting from making government “smaller” at any cost. Our form of conservatism truly puts people first by investing in success for all and not just for a few. Based on this definition, it is not only possible for Democrats to be fiscally conservative but actually the prevalent position of most Democrats.
David Berns, Chair
Manistee County Democratic Party
Brethren Days Parade
Join with Dan Scripps and Lon Johnson to march in the Brethren Parade. The parade is on Sunday, September 4. Set up is 3 PM and the parade begins at 4 PM. Meet at Brethren Schools on High Bridge Road.
Annual Country Picnic
Music, Food, Cider Making, Politics
October 2 2016 (3 PM - Not Too Late)
11171 Kerry Road, Brethren (Map)
(Tim and Wanda Joseph's Farm)
Brethren, MI 49619
(A dish to pass would be nice
but not required.)
Annual Don Jennnings Dinner
Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Little River Casino Resort
Cost: $55.00 before Sep 24, $60.00 after
Keynote Speaker: Dan Kildee
Cash Bar, Silent Auction
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