Sunday, November 05, 2006

Endorsements from the Warrendale Blog

The general election is this Tuesday. With so much at stake in this year's election, I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to opine and offer a few endorsements.

I offer the neighborhood my take the candidates. My opinions are molded by being in a few dozen community meetings and meeting the folks involved (plus, a college degree in political science and 4 years of earning a living by working on political campaigns before joining the private sector).

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with my thoughts on any of these candidates, I hope that everyone goes to polls on Tuesday. The Warrendale neighborhood has always had a better than average level of voter turnout and I think it serves the community well for it to continue.

For Michigan's top job, I am pleased to endorse the incumbent Governor Jennifer M. Granholm (D). Michigan's economy is unquestionably in a challenging position; one that would have been better if Ms. Granholm had introduced her "Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow Initiative" a little sooner. Regardless, we are starting to see some improvements as Michigan has gained more that 55,000 "New Economy" jobs. This does not replace all of the manufacturing jobs that Michigan has lost, but it does show that Michigan is moving in right direction.

To represent us in the U.S. Senate, the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog endorses U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D). In her first term of office, Ms. Stabenow has managed to:
Also, I believe that Mike Cox (R) has earned a second-term as Michigan's Attorney General. He has cracked down on "Dead-Beat Dads" and, through his Office of Special Investigations, has conducted more than 100 investigations into public corruption and successfully prosecuted homicides that have long since gone cold, such as the conviction of serial killer Coral Watts.

One incumbent who I believe does not deserve a second term is our Secretary of State, Terri Lynn Land (R). One of the most essential jobs that a Secretary of State does is ensure that our elections are conducted properly. Many Michigan communities are suffering from electronic voting machines that don't count votes properly. As Michigan's top election official, she could have done something about it, but she hasn't - creating a dire situation that recently caught national attention.

Even Oakland County Clerk, and Republican nominee for Lieutentant Governor, Ruth Johnson has complained about the entire situation. For this reason, the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog endorses her Democratic challenger Carmelle Sabaugh.

Speaking of people who do not deserve to be re-elected, I believe it is way past time for Congressman John C. Conyers, Jr. (D) to retire. He has been in Congress since 1965 and his list of accomplishments get slimmer and slimmer each year. I don't even remember the last time that I saw him at a community event.

Since he won't retire on his own, it's up to us to show Mr. Conyers the way out. He is being challenged by Republican Chad Miles of Dearborn. Given the strong Democratic base of this community, and the lingering problems Republicans have on the national stage, it isn't very likely that he'll win. However, I believe that the more people who vote for Mr. Miles this year, the more reluctant Mr. Conyers will be to run for a 22nd term in 2008.

Speaking of the tight grip that Democrats have on this area, I think it would be it good idea to vote for two other people who don't have a strong probability of winning. Republican David L. Malhalab, and a Warrendale resident, and Green Party nominee James Wolbrink are squaring off against Democrat Tupac Hunter for a seat in the Michigan Senate. I am giving a dual endorsement to both Mr. Malhalab and Mr. Wolbrink in that contest.

For the Michigan House of Representatives, Warrendale resident Thomas J. Schaut (R) is squaring off against incumbent Gabe Leland (D).

If a few more people vote for any of these long-shot candidates, it would make the respective incumbents that much more nervous about keeping their jobs. And that, in my opinion, is actually what we need.
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