Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

April 28, 2012

Mike Yoder is the clear choice

I am pleased to share why I am supporting Commissioner Mike Yoder with my vote on May 8. Commissioner Yoder displays consistent leadership and down-to-earth common sense in handling complex issues facing Elkhart County. His many years of business and public policy experience have served us very well as we’ve navigated a severe recession. He has reduced the size of local government while also protecting all our services and maintaining key infrastructure improvements projects.

Any challenger can promise to do the same if elected, but Mike has already done all this.

Both Commissioner Yoder and his opponent  have political records we can examine and evaluate if they are made available to us. Yoder has served two full terms (eight years). He serves on a forward-thinking team that has completed several multi-million dollar projects on time and under budget. His valuable knowledge and bright ideas led the way toward saving almost $11 million in government spending in 2009 and 2010. He is a strong advocate for a new, collaborative approach to education opportunities that make sense. Mike’s plans will help lead our community into a more promising future that offers quality jobs in a growing and healthy manufacturing industry and a diverse, business-friendly climate.

Challenger Darryl Riegsecker also has a track record as an elected official. He has served a half term as a Goshen city councilman and a half term as a county councilman. ... What will he actually do if elected commissioner?

As we continue rebuilding after the recession, Elkhart County needs proven, balanced, effective leadership skill and strength in county government. Commissioner Mike Yoder is the clear choice.  

— Ken Pletcher

Bristol

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