With just 62 days left before the August 3rd Michigan Primary elections, the 2nd District Congressional race is heating up.

Jay Riemersma is making an impressive showing, and recent polling indicates Riemersma is leading in most of the district’s 11 counties.

Jay aired the first television ad of the race a few weeks ago. The ad was well produced, catchy, and smart. In the ad, Jay reiterates his strong commitment to Conservative values, highlighting  his pro-life and pro-guns stance. You can see the video below:

Jay has also launched his “10,000 Doors in 2010” campaign. Riemersma plans to go door to door over the coming weeks, and spread his message to the people of the 2nd District. To date, Riemersma and his many volunteers have knocked on over 3,000 doors. Jay is averaging about 250 doors per day, and more on his “Super Saturdays.”

Jay Riemersma for Congress 2010

You can follow Jay's progress at http://www.votejr.com

I haven’t seen any other candidate in this race work so hard. If this kind of work ethic is indicative of how Jay will perform in Washington, then West Michigan will be well represented. It’s this kind of nose-to-the-grindstone spirit we need in Washington.

Riemersma’s success isn’t going unnoticed, either. Bill Huizenga is certainly feeling the pressure Jay has brought to the race, and the Huizenga Campaign’s low fundraising totals would seem to indicate that the Michigan legislator is losing ground to the former NFL football player. Other candidates, including Bill Cooper of Muskegon, have claimed that Jay’s career as a professional athlete does not qualify him to represent West Michigan in Congress.

Isn’t it odd, though, that they always fail to mention that Riemersma is a graduate of the University of Michigan? Last time I checked, that Big Ten school didn’t award degrees in football. Jay holds a BA in Communications from U of M, and communicating with the people of West Michigan is something he seems to be doing quite well.

And at the end of the day, that’s what a Congressman really needs to be. A communicator. It doesn’t do much good to have the greatest idea in the world if you can’t communicate that idea, make others understand it, and rally support behind the idea. Bill Cooper may be great at creating jobs, but can he convince other Congressmen to join up with him, garner support, and push that idea into law? Maybe, maybe not.

Jay Riemersma can. Jay has proven over the last several months that he is willing to do the hard work required to win. He’s proven throughout his professional career that he has the guts, discipline, and intestinal fortitude to see that the job gets done.

As a Marine, I know a bit about discipline, hard work, and¬†perseverance. I see these qualities in Jay Riemersma, and that’s why I want him as our next Congressman, representing West Michigan in Washington.

Register to Vote! AND DO IT!

February 22, 2010

OK, let’s take the blogging I’ve been doing to the next level. A good friend recently pointed out to me that if I’m going to encourage you to register to vote, I should make it easier for you to do so. Thanks to her advice, and the links she so kindly gathered for us, here we go!

First, to register you need to be turning 18 years old by election day to be eligible. Second, you have to know which voting district you live in. You can usually get this from your tax bill, if you don’t already know which district you live in. If you’re still not sure, call me with your address and I will find out for you!

Tim White makes Voter Registration Easy

So now you’re ready to register. Where do you go? Simple answer: NOWHERE! You can mail your registration application in and be registered without leaving your home. Too easy, right?

I’ll make it even easier. Here’s the link to get your Voter Registration Application:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIVoterRegistration_97046_7.pdf

You can mail this application in. The addresses are on the application found at the link above.

Next, find out who’s running in this election. I’ve covered my picks, but you can also see who else is running here:

http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/candlist/10PRI/10PRI_CL.HTM

That link will take you to the Michigan Secretary of State’s website. It has an unofficial list of who’s running, in what District, for what seat. Knowledge is power. Use it!

If you really want to step up and get involved, how about working at the polls this year?

“How?” you ask? Well, here’s the link to how:

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633_11619_38093-123989–,00.html#40

Failing all of this, if you really want to register to vote, and just can’t figure this high-falooting technology out, call me or email me. I’ll get you what you need. By working together, and exercising our Constitutional rights to be represented in government, we can change the course of events, and put Michigan back on the track to success.

Semper Fi.

90 Minutes with Jon Bumstead

February 17, 2010

The elections this year may just be the most important election of our lives. Michigan’s economy is in a deplorable state, unemployment is the worst in the nation, and Michigan needs jobs. Our current elected leaders just haven’t done what’s best for Michigan.

This November, there are several seats up for grabs in Lansing, and a Congressional seat in Washington. I’ve been spending a lot of time researching the candidates in each race, and have even interviewed or talked with those I favored.

What I’ve done is sought out candidates whose moral, spiritual, and economic beliefs fall in line with my own, and I evaluated their leadership ability and their willingness to serve the people.

Today I clinched my pick for the 100th District State Representative Seat.

Jon Bumstead for 100th District Michigan State Representative

Photo courtesy of http://www.jonbumstead.com

Jon Bumstead of Newaygo sat with me today for about 90 minutes in my office. We shared our stories with each other, and I asked Jon where he stands on some of the issues Michigan is struggling with.

Jon agrees that what we really need to do in Michigan is get control of our spending, and reform our tax code to make Michigan more attractive to prospective businesses. We need less government interference in business.

Jon is pro-life, and a member of Newaygo United Methodist Church. Jon is a family man, with three kids, four grandchildren, and has been married for 23 years. He respects the importance of family.

One thing I always look for in a candidate is candor and work ethic. Jon has both. He knows where he stands, and he’s not afraid to let you know it. Jon has been a homebuilder and a firefighter, so he knows the value of a hard day’s work. Having been self employed, he knows first hand the struggles a small business owner deals with.

I support Jon, and will be voting for him in the Primaries this August. As always, I encourage you to do your own research and make your own opinion. For what it’s worth, though, I recommend Jon, and I think he’ll do an outstanding job for us in Lansing.

You can visit Jon’s website at www.jonbumstead.com

You can also find Jon on Facebook .

Get involved. Your future, and the future of West Michigan is at stake this year. If you’re not registered to vote, get out today and register. Help us get Michigan back on track, because Michigan is worth saving!