Saturday, July 26, 2008

The point is, you gotta get out there and hustle... Jason Gatties in his race for Board of Trustees at Lake Michigan College.

Jason managed to get both local radio and newspaper coverage for his race this week.

What's really interesting is that he got the South Bend Tribune to do for him what newspapers usually only do for Demopublican candidates: cover his press release almost verbatim as if it were real news:

ST. JOSEPH — Jason Gatties, of St. Joseph, is seeking a seat on the Lake Michigan College board of trustees. The nonpartisan election will take place on Nov. 4.

Gatties is a member of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, where he has served as Berrien County representative, vice chairman and chairman pro tem in the past. He is employed by Rover Security Guard Agency in Benton Harbor, where he serves as business manager.

"I'm 100 percent against the proposed millage increase," he said in a written statement. "We must find alternative means to help fund this institution without increasing the tax burden on the public.

"If elected, I would seek to privatize certain nonacademic services and encourage the private sector to become even more involved by donating their time and funds to help train our young people. We are a very charitable community and those who wish to contribute, I'm confident they will do so. However, we should not have to depend on tax increases to accomplish the goal of becoming fiscally responsible."

If elected, Gatties says he would also work to improve communication between board members, staff members, students and the general public. He is also in favor of term limits for the board of trustees.

"I was unable to attend a college or university when I graduated high school and I've had to work very hard to get to where I'm at today. As a trustee, I would fight to ensure anyone who wants to gain a higher education will have the opportunity to do so. In today's society, having a college education is a must and we should never deny anyone the opportunity to earn a college degree."

Go visit Jason's website and discover just how neatly he's pulled this one off.

Note to Libertarian candidates: this ain't rocket science. Your opponents have known how to do this for a long time.

Way to go, Jason.

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