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Friday, October 05 2012

Sherlynn Everly

Dear Editor:

Before we reach the deadline for political correspondence at The Holly Express, I want to share my position on an issue that has divided Holly and caused unnecessary turmoil in our town.  I am running against incumbent County Commissioner Bob Hoffman, and I would do things differently.

Due to your reporting, your readers know:
1.     The Smith family of Holly Township lost 10 of their 20 acres to foreclosure after 24 years
2.     Holly Township obtained ownership of the land and evicted the Smiths
3.     The dispute is now working its way through the Michigan Court of Appeals
4.     Mr. Smith is in poor health. He and his wife and two children are/were living in a camper trailer in a marsh with no running water, septic or safe electricity

My opponent, Mr. Hoffman, chose to help the Smiths by publicly castigating Holly Township officials, Clerk Karin Winchester in particular. He called Flint TV stations to cover his attacks at two Holly Township Board meetings and sent blistering letters to editors accusing our township officials of “abuse of power” and “willful violation of local ordinances, state and federal statutes, and the constitution that they have sworn to uphold”.  Whew!  

If I was Commissioner and the Smiths came to me, I would be more concerned about their health, welfare and future. I’d help them find safe, affordable housing with fresh water and a toilet that flushes. I’d make sure the kids are in school. I’d find programs and professionals to help them make a new plan for their lives. Even if they get a legal split on the ten acres they still own, this family still has many difficult issues to deal with.

What I would NOT do as Commissioner is use the plight of the Smiths, or anyone else, to advance my own career. I would want the light of publicity to focus on finding solutions for all the Smith families of our community, not on my own blustering and grandstanding.

My campaign information is:  

Sherlynn Everly for Oakland County Commissioner, District 2
www.everlyforcommissioner.com
www.facebook.com/everlyforcommissioner
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sherlynn Everly
314 Hadley Street
Holly, MI  48442

Comments  

 
-13 #1 hollyshopper Friday, October 05 2012 10:05pm
I read these articles too, and nowhere did I read that the Smith family was seeking to "make a new plan for their lives." Rather, I read that they took issue with their local government procuring from a bank ten acres of a twenty acre parcel for which they are the other landowners. Only a Democrat would look at this land division dilemma and determine that the solution is to push the residents onto government social programs. The Smiths are fighting to be independent, and Ms. Everly would have them dependent on the taxpayers, and completely ignore the larger issue of why the township would seek to obtain part of a property owned by a resident and a bank.
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+5 #2 Sophia Monday, October 08 2012 10:07pm
Amen, Sherylynn. and to Holly Shopper, putting a person's well being first is not pushing them into social programs. Social programs can be beneficial for a short period of time.
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+4 #3 Ann Tuesday, October 09 2012 12:55am
We usually lean toward the republican party in our home but this time I'm glad to have another choice for Oakland County Commissioner no matter what the party! Best to you in the election Sherlynn Everly!
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-7 #4 hollyshopper Tuesday, October 09 2012 10:45am
I agree that social programs can be beneficial for a short time. But nowhere did I read that the Smiths asked for that kind of help. Is it still "putting a person's well being first" if that is not the kind of help they asked for? As I read it, the help they wanted was to stay on the land they've owned for 24 years. They own 10 acres of it outright. They lost the portion the house is on to the bank. Holly Township grabbed the foreclosed 10 acres from the bank. The land can't be split. Ms. Everly's solution might help some people, but it doesn't address the Smith's problem at all.
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-3 #5 PatriotDaddy Tuesday, October 16 2012 9:18am
And I quote:
If I was Commissioner and the Smiths came to me, I would be more concerned about their health, welfare and future. I’d help them find safe, affordable housing with fresh water and a toilet that flushes. I’d make sure the kids are in school. I’d find programs and professionals to help them make a new plan for their lives. Even if they get a legal split on the ten acres they still own, this family still has many difficult issues to deal with.

Bob Hoffman decided to help them because he took the time to see how many different ways that the actions of the township,have damaged the Smiths. He has tried to help them in good faith and to see you attempt to re-frame this as for your advantage - against the need to see justice done here, is disheartening. What a sad time it is, in America, when the fifth amendment is laughed at by politicians and the establishment. If the Smiths lose this fight, it will be because of the complexity of the case and local political pressures, to take this land from them. The people in this township had better educate themselves as to how this happened. Your position ignores the deliberate attempt to steal this nonexistent parcel, and the direct harms to family, CAUSED BY THE ACTIONS OF HOLLY Twp! It's unjust and WRONG. No one should have a problem with the Smiths position. If they leave the property, the township will have further damaged this weakened family, by deliberate intent. Holly residents should be angry.
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