The following guest commentary was written by Carlin Smith, president, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce
If you're like most people, you can't wait until Nov. 6; not because you're eager to see the results of the election, but because you want the campaign advertising to cease. No one seems to like the negative tone, the misleading information, and the half-truths in the advertising. Yet the ads continue. Do you know why? Because they work.
Political strategists know what they're doing. They're taking advantage of an uninformed electorate in order to get their candidate elected or their proposal passed. The political parties, political action committees, politically charged organizations, and even the candidates themselves often present advertising that is deliberately misleading. It's often not about making their candidate or cause look good, but to make the opponent or opposing view look worse.
The best way to put a stop to this form of political advertising is to ignore it. Voters need to look past these messages and spend some time researching the candidates and researching the proposals. Then go vote with a firm understanding of the truths and a firm conviction of your personal choice.
Five partnering organizations are giving you a chance to learn about the 107th State House race and to meet many local candidates for office.
These organizations are hosting a candidate's meet and greet at North Central Michigan College on Tuesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. This will be followed at 7 p.m. by a forum featuring Republican incumbent Frank Foster and his Democratic challenger Suzanne Shumway. This event is designed to be an un-biased forum where voters can meet the candidates personally and then hear where they stand on key issues in Michigan.
Prior to the forum, candidates for the Petoskey City Council and the Emmet County Commission have been invited to participate in the meet and greet at 6 p.m. While no moderated forum is planned for these candidates, voters will have a chance to meet them and ask them their own questions in an informal, expo-style format.
The event is to be held in the building known as the student cafeteria on the North Central Michigan College campus. It is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.
The hosts for this forum are the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, North Central Michigan College, the Petoskey News-Review, the Northern Michigan Society for Human Resource Management, and the Northwest Michigan Industrial Association. Their goal is to present an un-biased, educational forum to help voters make wise choices on Nov. 6.
Please join us. If nothing else, you'll have an evening free of those annoying political ads.