OUR VIEW: Camp for 4th District, Petska for 3rd District

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:37 pm on Saturday, October 27, 2012

Voters have several candidates to choose from in the races for the 3rd District and 4th District of the Michigan Congress on Nov. 6.

 4th District

Five candidates are vying for the 4th District seat —Republican Dave Camp of Midland, Democrat Debra Freidell Wirth of Eagle, Green Party candidate Pat Timmons of Traverse City, Libertarian John Gelineau of Lowell and U.S. Taxpayers candidate George Zimmer of Byron.

The 4th District encompasses Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Wexford counties.

Mr. Camp has a proven track record of bipartisanship, having worked with President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, as well as other Democrats on a variety of issues. Mr. Camp’s main concerns for the 4th District are creating jobs by advancing legislation in five areas — reducing federal spending, pursuing tax reform, increasing trade and better enforcing trade laws, reducing federal regulations and expanding energy production.

Ms. Freidell Wirth was the only 4th District candidate to attend Tuesday’s candidate forum in Greenville, which we appreciate. We also respect the fact that Mr. Camp was unable to attend due to doctor’s orders.

Ms. Freidell Wirth’s main concerns for the 4th District are pulling the country back from a fiscal cliff and recession, balancing the budget without sacrificing Medicare and keeping lawmakers from infringing on women’s rights.

Mr. Timmons’ main concern for the 4th District is debt. He believes he is qualified to be elected as he has never taken money from PACs, lobbyists, special interest groups, corporations or unions.

Mr. Zimmer’s main concerns for the 4th District are permanent employment, lowering business taxes and restricting certain imports.

Mr. Gelineau did not return a questionnaire seeking comment from The Daily News.

Mr. Camp has long been a reliable representative for the 4th District. We feel he has established a record of trust and communication among his constituents and gives an equal amount of attention to a variety of issues, whether they affect one community or the entire 4th District. We see no reason to change a good thing.

Mr. Camp has our endorsement for the 4th District.

 3rd District

Three candidates are vying for the 3rd District seat — Republican Justin Amash of Grand Rapids, Democrat Steve Petska of Ada and Libertarian Bill Gelineau of Lowell.

The 3rd District encompasses all of Barry, Calhoun and Ionia counties, most of Kent County and a portion of the southwest corner of Montcalm County.

Neither Mr. Amash nor Mr. Petska participated in Tuesday’s candidate forum in Greenville. Mr. Gelineau was present, which we appreciate.

Neither Mr. Amash nor Mr. Gelineau returned a questionnaire seeking comment to The Daily News.

In his questionnaire, Mr. Petska says his background gives him a unique skill set in this race. He has worked in his family’s small business for more than 30 years and has legislative and judicial experience as a legislator and a judge.

Mr. Petska says he is focused on representing the people — not on a rigid ideology. He wants to help restore and diversify the economic vitality of West Michigan and end “the political polarization that is paralyzing our government.”

We wish him luck.

Mr. Petska has our endorsement for the 3rd District.

 Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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