Dear Editor,

There are lots of choices in the primary:

• two republicans for Congress

• two democrats for Congress

• two republicans for State Rep 79th District

• two republicans for Treasurer

• two republicans for Register of Deeds

• mix of county commissioners and municipal leaders depending the district

Voters: ‘stay in your lane’ while voting in the primary.

Do not cross party lines on your ballot.

The Michigan Bureau of Elections explains it like this:

If you vote for candidates on both sides of the ballot no votes for a candidate on either side of the ballot will count.

Because of proposals which are also on the ballot, your ballot would not be spoiled. Your vote for the proposals will still count. But none of your candidate votes will count for either party.

This is a critical point about Michigan’s primary election system. As state representative I want to continue making voting easier for residents and less hassle for municipalities. I also want to reform campaign finance laws.

As a potential member of the Ethics and Elections Committee and Oversight Committee I want to:

1. Limit SuperPAC candidate contributions

2. Increase lobby firm transparency

3. Cap campaign spending

We know that money in politics is the source of government corruption. It’s time to call it out. I will be pleased to apply my knowledge of the legislative process, political experience, collaborative approach, and real-life world view to be the one to call it out.

Thank you for your vote in the republican primary.

Together let’s take election reform and ethics to Lansing.

Jacquie Gnodtke Blackwell

candidate

State Representative

79th District

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