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Letter to the Editor


Gerald D. Lostracco (Ret.), Owosso and James R. Clatterbaugh (Ret.), Owosso

2:06 pm

Independent Editor,

Leslie Russell Dietrich is a candidate for District 4 County Commissioner and needs your vote in the upcoming GOP primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Her long record of volunteering her time, talents and enthusiasm to advance the betterment of her community demonstrates the compassion and commitment she will bring to this important position in county governance.

Leslie has been an honest and successful small business owner in Durand for 24 years, while being a devoted wife and mother of two children. One is a University of Michigan alumnus and one a junior at Grand Valley State University. Leslie Dietrich is the one candidate (for District 4) who is both mature and humble. District 4 residents deserve to be represented by an individual who possesses those qualities.

Freedom of Information (FOIA) figures, including for 2017, demonstrate that our present board, as well as other departments, continue to waste thousands of taxpayer dollars by seeking legal advice from outside legal counsel, a Lansing law firm. If there had been proper oversight by the then chairman of the board, Jeremy Root, in 2017, and its Finance Chairman, Brandon Marks, in 2017, this type of unnecessary spending should not have occurred. In many of those instances (to the tune of $175 per hour) those requests for legal advice were not even needed. They did not have to be outsourced. In Shiawassee County, the prosecuting attorney is also (statutorily) corporation counsel. That individual, and very capable staff attorneys, are by law and compensation obligated to render legal counsel to the board of commissioners, and various other elected county officials.

A vote for Leslie Dietrich on Aug. 7 is a vote for good government. It will give the District 4 voters and the entire county a much-needed strong voice, advocate and leader on the board of commissioners.

Gerald D. Lostracco (Ret.), Owosso

James R. Clatterbaugh (Ret.), Owosso

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