OUR VIEW: Ellis and Moolenaar for Congress

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:13 pm on Friday, August 01, 2014

Five Republicans are vying for two Congressional seats in two of the hottest races of Tuesday’s primary election.

Justin Amash of Cascade Township, the incumbent serving in the United States House of Representatives 3rd District, is being challenged by businessman Brian Ellis of Grand Rapids Township. The primary winner will go on to face Democrat Bob Goodrich of Kentwood in November’s general election.

Meanwhile, Rep. Dave Camp’s soon-to-be vacated 4th District seat is being contested by Peter Konetchy of Roscommon, Paul Mitchell of Saginaw County and John Moolenaar of Midland. The primary winner will go on to face Democrat Jeff Holmes of Alma in November’s general election.


3rd District

We think Amash is a solid politician who takes his responsibilities seriously. We appreciate his effort to be transparent and accessible to his constituents by posting how he votes on his Facebook page and by hosting regular townhall meetings.

However, we consider Ellis better suited to represent the entire district in the U.S. House.

We think Ellis’ background as a business owner gives him a unique understanding of how federal law impacts our ability to create jobs and maintain our economy. Although Ellis is challenging an incumbent, he has the endorsements of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Farm Bureau and other organizations focused on job creation in Michigan.

Ellis favors Common Core curriculum and the Keystone XL pipeline, which we think will be good for education and the economy.

Both candidates say they want to repeal Obamacare. We’re not sure whether the entire piece of legislation can be repealed at this point, but we support a major overhaul and reform of the health care law. We encourage whoever wins the 3rd District seat to do their best to help give us health care reform that deals with the real issues of cost and access.

Our support goes to Ellis for the Republican nomination for the 3rd District.


4th District

Mitchell did not return several attempts to contact him about his platform, so that narrows down our choices to Konetchy and Moolenaar.

We appreciate Konetchy’s small business background and his expressed dedication to the Constitution.

However, the 4th District is an enormous one, comprised of Montcalm County and 14 other counties. We need someone with experience who can represent a vast group of people over a major area of our state.

Moolenaar is currently the state senator for the 36th District and he has a background in working in the private sector. He previously worked with the Middle Michigan Development Corp. and MITECH+ to improve the state’s business climate and attract new jobs. He says if elected, his primary goal in Washington will be to make Michigan and the nation as a whole a better place to do business, expand operations and grow the workforce. He also has been successful in gaining bipartisan support for environmental legislation and has done extensive work on veterans issues.

Moolenaar’s focus on the economy gives him an important and needed edge. His established political experience gives him a current picture of how the actions — or inactions — of the federal government affect Michigan’s ability to maintain a strong jobs base and support the families who live here, work here and raise their children here.

Moolenaar has impressed us as a reasonable, thoughtful and approachable man, well suited to work in the Congressional environment. We believe he will use discernment after considering all sides of a situation.

Konetchy and Moolenaar have both expressed concerns about Obamacare. Again, we encourage whoever wins the 4th District seat to work to fix the issue.

We want to stress how crucial it is that our next 4th District representative remembers who he is representing, especially in this 15-county area. The 4th District has a lot of voices and a lot of needs. Our new U.S. Congressman won’t be able to make everyone happy, but we hope he will work to represent the majority of us and not fall into playing too many political games.

Our support goes to Moolenaar for the Republican nomination for 4th District state representative.


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

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