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Thank you

October 27, 2010
The Mining Journal

I want to thank in advance all of you who have written letters on my behalf, put yard signs up, shared time in their busy day to talk with me and gave me encouragement during this campaign; it has been very rewarding.

In the closing weeks before the election, if you have any questions regarding statements about me or other concerns, please contact me. I have an open mind and will listen to your concerns.

My platform is straightforward and transparent. I am running as an Independent candidate for county commission. I have no special interest group(s) that I am supporting or are supporting me. I have financed my campaign and did not accept any outside funds. I am a lifelong resident of Marquette with 39 years of law enforcement experience.

My position on the retire/rehire policy is clear: it should not exist. There are many unemployed individuals in this county who could fill these 25 positions that currently exist under this policy. If elected I fully intend to comply with the MERS and IRS regulations.

Other issues:

Determine the necessity of a second courthouse operation in Ishpeming;

Empower the county board to set salaries for all non-judicial elected officials;

Establish independent civil counsel and chief union negotiator for the county board;

Conduct a labor market survey to ascertain wage and staffing needs in all departments;

Investigate the possibility of term limits for county commissioners;

Provide adequate programs to care for veterans, senior citizens and our youth;

Continue the county land bank program to remove blighted properties in the county;

Encourage economic development and create meaningful employment.

I need your help to make a constructive change in our county government and the individuals representing our interests and tax dollars. Government is not a spectator sport - we need to get involved, and if nothing else, we need to get out and vote.

Whether you agree or not with my platform or ideals, it is vital that we encourage the number of registered voters to actually vote.

Michael P. Quayle




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