By Matt Kapp
Carrying out candidate evaluation activities in the middle of a global pandemic presented many challenges, and some county Farm Bureaus rightfully doubting the work could get done — but the doubters were proven wrong!
Candidate evaluation committees had to improvise and do some things differently, like using remote conferencing technology for interviews, but that didn’t keep them from their work. The vast majority of county Farm Bureaus engaged with the process, with 60 of 65 county Farm Bureaus submitting endorsement recommendations to the Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPac Committee.
AgriPac’s committee and MFB’s elections staff want to thank all participating candidate evaluation committees for their diligence in the midst of the pandemic. Farm Bureau is an amazing grassroots organization when member involvement is firing on all cylinders, and this year we saw a great deal of that kind of engagement in the process.
After the Aug. 4 primary, the AgriPac Committee will ask candidate evaluation committees to reconvene and submit recommendations in legislative races where our primary endorsed candidate lost or where AgriPac didn’t endorse in the primary. Those general-election recommendations will be due Aug. 27, with the AgriPac Committee meeting again Sept. 9.
Thank you again for your hard work, persistence and adaptability — great farmer qualities!
The product of a Washtenaw County dairy farm, Matt Kapp serves Farm Bureau members as MFB’s government relations specialist.