To the editor:
National party labels mean little in local elections. What does matter is the way local officials do their jobs. Are they open and above-board in their dealings with citizens? Do they listen carefully to what their citizens want? Do they plan ahead to shape a future their citizens want? Are they honest, resourceful, prudent and energetic in serving the public trust?
Don Keith, candidate for the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners from Grant and Eagle Harbor Townships, meets these important criteria. During 14 years of county and township service, Don has worked tirelessly to shape long-term plans with public input, to protect public access to our special outdoor places and trails, to build tourism, to improve electronic access throughout the county, to modernize county record keeping, and to meet regularly with other organizations supporting these goals.
And he has bravely opposed "good ol' boy" governance, such as the flagrant disregard by some officials for citizen opinions, expert advice and open meeting laws.
A vote for Don Keith is a vote for progress, for open government, and for effective management of Keweenaw County, one of the most beautiful places on earth that for far too long has endured uninspired governance.
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