Michigan voters will choose Nov. 2 between a nerd and the country's self-proclaimed "meanest mayor."
We're urging you consider the nerd.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder seems to possess the knowledge, compassion and leadership needed to help right our state and get the economy back on track again. For that reason, we urge readers to remember him when voting next week.
Neither Snyder nor Democrat Virg Bernero have a magic wand they can wave over the economy and make it better. If that were true, Gov. Jennifer Granholm would have done so years ago. And, whoever is elected to office Nov. 2 will face a state with a budget that is woefully in trouble with not enough revenue to cover all its expenses. It will be a daunting task.
We believe Snyder has the experience in private business, however, to bring an entrepreneurial vision, strong organizational skills and firm, yet compassionate management style to Lansing and start the long process of making our wonderful state again the industrial leader it once was.
We believe Snyder, an outsider with no previous political experience, best reflects the political mood and wind blowing across Michigan today. Bernero, despite his label of "meanest mayor," seems likeable and has worked hard for Lansing constituents, yet he has been a career politician most of his professional career. That isn't a criticism, but we don't believe that is what voters are looking for in candidates this year.
We also have trouble supporting a candidate who hasn't shown much interest in the region we call home. While Snyder has been up north numerous times this year, the same can't be said for Bernero. If that is all the interest we've been shown now, when a candidate needs our vote, what can we expect later if he ends up in office?
Our state needs some optimism and direction. We believe Snyder offers both to voters, and we think he should be the next governor of Michigan.