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Red flags before forum

November 3, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Sally Santeford's letter to the editor of Oct. 27.

Why we didn't attend the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country Portage Township Candidate Forum of Oct. 22:

1. We first heard of the forum from our opponent candidates three days prior to receiving the invitation from the League which threw up a red flag and the questions of how they knew about this forum prior to us receiving an invitation and whose idea was it to have this forum in the first place.

We felt that the information that we provided in reference to our background and answers to questions regarding current issues and vision for the future of Portage Township for the League's Voter Guide was sufficient for the voters of Portage Township to make an informed decision.

2. The invitation we received included a page on which was stated that the forum was being sponsored by the League and the Concerned Citizens of Portage Township. We asked the League who the CCPT were and we were told that they would find out and respond to this question. We never received a response back from the League - another red flag.

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3. We responded to the League by thanking them for the invitation and informing them that unfortunately, we would not be able to attend the forum and listed the reasons why. Our letter was received by the League on Oct. 18. They called each one of us to confirm that we would not be attending the forum and we all stated that we would not be attending the forum and stated that we felt that the way it was questionably handled to date was certainly a concern to us at which point we received numerous apologies from the caller.

The comment in the Oct. 27 letter that our campaign signs are in noncompliance with state campaign law is totally untrue. All of our signs completely comply with the law.

Mike Wilmers




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