Michigan's 101st Congressional District is takes up a big stretch of Lake Michigan Coastline. Stretching from the Mason County line at Bass Lake well south of Ludington through Manistee and Benzie Counties and on to Leelanau County, it's an impressive chunk of Michigan's Gold Coast. In addition to coastline and lakefront towns, cities and villages, the 101st also makes up a large portion of Michigan's prime orchard and vineyard lands.
This year, the 101st district is up for grabs, as Rep. Dave Palsrok of Manistee is term limited. In the running are four Republicans and one Democrat. All the candidates recently met in Manistee for a forum that was aired on and recorded by Interlochen Public Radio and sponsored by the Manistee League of Women Voters.
While I've been as engaged in this race than any other race in the past, I'm still undecided. A good blogger would take a stance here, but I just can't, and not because I'm scared to stick my neck out. I'm just not moved to jump on board with any of them. Am I becoming jaded?
It was interesting to hear a candidate mention a REALTORs specifically in one of his answers, and reassuring to know our message is being heard, and in this case repeated. It's that kind of issues based politics that I can get behind. Supporting causes and policies is so much more interesting that arguing ideology to me.