Farm Bureau is encouraging a full-court press effort in the final weeks of the 2018 campaign year. With AgriPac-endorsed Friends of Agriculture on the ballot statewide, now is the time for members and county Farm Bureaus to empty tanks and fill ballot boxes in support of farm-friendly office-seekers.
Attorney General Bill Schuette’s uphill bid to succeed Rick Snyder as Michigan’s governor ought to be on every farmer’s mind in the run-up to Election Day.
“Michigan agriculture has enjoyed unprecedented support over the eight years of Gov. Snyder’s administration,” said MFB Government Relations Specialist Matt Kapp. “If we want to see any kind of consistency for the next four or eight years, starting next January, it’s absolutely vital we elect Bill Schuette to succeed our friend Rick Snyder.”
To that end, and in key state Senate and House races, MFB has prepared a buffet of materials to help county Farm Bureaus and individual members maximize their efforts over the next seven weeks.
‘Farmers for Schuette’ kickoff Sept. 21
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend the “Farmers for Schuette” campaign kickoff event, 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 on the farm of MFB District 4 Director Jeff Sandborn, 10227 Keefer Highway, outside Portland in Ionia County.
Attendees will hear from Sandborn, MFB President Carl Bednarski, Schuette and his running mate, Lisa Posthumus Lyons. There will be an ample supply of take-home campaign merchandise available, including yard signs, shirts and hats.
The county Farm Bureau Election Handbook is full of ideas for county Farm Bureaus looking for ways to support their Friends of Agriculture and get them into office.
Printed handbooks were mailed earlier this summer to county Farm Bureau leaders, offices and candidate evaluation committee members.
Weekly conference calls
At 7 p.m. every Thursday evening from Sept. 13 to Nov. 1, MFB President Carl Bednarski will host a campaign-update conference call for county Farm Bureau presidents. County leaders are encouraged to join in the conversation and stay current on what they and their peers in other county Farm Bureaus are doing to back Schuette and other Friends of Agriculture.
MFB staff contact: Matt Kapp, 517-679-5338