Doctors spend more time begging insurance companies for authorization to properly treat patients and negotiating care than they do treating patients. Medical care is being dictated by politicians in Lansing and from the Bench without physician input. Pain management and addiction medicine are being treated as legal problems rather than treatable conditions. Alternative medicine approved by the voters is being undermined for political and economic reasons, rather than supported as an alternate to the growing narcotic abuse epidemic. We need a physician’s input to keep healthcare centered on patients and a working physician’s insight into healthcare in Lansing.
Too often our citizens find themselves powerless when the government comes calling. We need a stronger public defender system with resources on par with the prosecution. We need better resources for families dealing with CPS. We need to revise many laws that are out dated. We need to restore concepts of equal justice to the the court system. We need to refocus the resources from the War on Drugs spent on incarceration to prevention and substance abuse treatment. We need to reverse the very concerning trend of bringing surplus military equipment and tactics into our communities.
We need to promote small businesses in manufacturing and construction to rebuild Michigan. We need to use our natural resources and skilled workers to attract industry to our state. We need to provide tax incentives and infrastructure assistance. Small Business needs tax assistance, start up financing, web support, and training to revitalize our economy. We also need to help business owners keep an eye on the bottom line by controlling taxes and regulatory burdens.
We are seeing college graduates with massive debt and few job prospects related to their degrees. Our skilled trade schools are underfunded and underutilized. We need to concentrate on preparing our students for life, not the next standardized test. Our small businesses need education- tax law, accounting, building business plans. Web design for business, marketing, and business writing. We currently have ‘college tracks’, ‘industrial arts tracks’, we need to develop ‘business skills tracks’.
Why Dr. Robert Townsend for District 97?
A Physician is trained in making important decisions
A physician builds their entire career based on their listening skills, assessments and ability to develop solutions based on the evidence, investigation and training. Being in the legislature involves the ability to make hard decisions. Few professions match medicine for difficult and potentially live altering decisions.
Experience with Legal System and Legislature
Dr. Townsend has testified as an expert in civil and criminal cases and before the House Judiciary Committee. He has been a litigant as both a plaintiff and a defendant. Many of his patients, friends and family members have been involved in court cases. He has a close and continuing relationship with a number of criminal defense attorneys who have shared with him their concerns about reforms. Dr. Townsend has extensive experience with Section 8 defenses of patients under the medical marijuana act and has seen first hand the disparities and inconsistencies of the enforcement of the act. Dr. Townsend has been wrongfully accused and acquitted by jury at trial.
Small Business Owner
Dr. Townsend has built a small business from one medical clinic to 10 clinics over 6 years. He has supervised employees, dealt with tax issues, and marketing. We employ our staff above minimum wage, created custom designed software related to our field, and developed protocols which were later incorporated into the standard of care for our field. The strength of his business was based, in part, on Dr. Townsend's ability to identify markets and respond to needs in the community.
A life long student and the father of students
Besides first hand experience in K-12, Dr. Townsend attended an additional 12 years of school and still participates in continuing education. As a father, Dr. Townsend not only helps with homework, but tries to instill a love of education and learning to his children. He is a strong proponent of critical thinking and problem solving over rote memorization.
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Dr. Robert Townsend in the News
The People Have Made Their Choice I ran a solid, well researched and issue based campaign. The people of the 97th have made their decision, and want to continue the party based, conservative representation they have had for the last 6 years. I’m ok with that, and I am sure Mr. Wentworth will deliver in[…]
Check Out our Facebook Page and Give Us a Like! Many of my position papers are on this website, but if you really want to see where I interact with the voters, post the latest news, and have discussions, check out the Campaign Facebook Page
Campaign Fluff vs Addressing the Issues One of my supporters sent me the latest of at least 15 mailers sent out by my opponent. As a service to the voters, I thought I’d break down the campaign fluff and compare it to the real issues affecting the 97th. While conventional campaign wisdom suggest a candidate[…]
Which Candidate is Ready to Represent the 97th? Click Play on the Video and Listen as you Read (Wentworth and Townsend start at 17:20)… In Lansing, Experience Counts My opponent, Jason Wentworth, has a very straightforward campaign. He is well financed and a Republican, and that is all he feels he needs[…]
So You Support Donald Trump… Many political candidates use databases to identify possible voters and guide them as they go door to door. My campaign- Robert Townsend for 97, does not use that strategy because I am running for all the district, not just members of one party. So I just start at one end[…]
Requiem for the American Dream I ran into an issue with a potential fundraiser the other day. We were going to show a movie free of charge to raise some funds, but ran into an issue getting permission to do so and had to cancel. As we were looking for a replacement, a friend suggested[…]
Comparing the Positions of the Candidates In a political race, it is helpful to compare positions of the candidates. In the race for the 97th, both candidates share some common positions, most notably Robert Townsend and Jason Wentworth both received the same favorable rating from the NRA. Both were in public safety, both served in[…]
“I want to share some “fun” facts with you. Republicans received an average of 74% of the total votes across the District! Leaving the Democrats with a lonely 26%.” Jason Wentworth, the DeVos sponsored Republican candidate for the 97th District has apparently returned from vacation and is back on the campaign trail. Rather than humbly[…]
I have a business in Au Gres. 85% of the people I vote for are Republican. Locally I vote more for the person than the party. From this article you sound more like a Republican than a Democrat. Think I need to know more about you. What do you plan on doing to help the 97th[…]
Now Come the KINGMAKERS According to the local papers, the main candidates for the 97th District are me, Robert Townsend for team Democrat, and Jason Wentworth for team Republican. Looking at the race, the Republicans have a slight edge in the district based on voter pool but it is nearly 50/50 (they had excellent turnout[…]
The Race for the 97th Enters the Final Phase by Dr. Robert Townsend The primaries are over and the race for the 97th is now a matter of two candidates and the general election. Coming off a resounding victory in the primary, I wanted to set the tone for the remainder of the campaign. The[…]
One Week to the Election and Desperation Sets In We are less than a week before the election. To date, I’ve run a solid and positive race. But I am learning about politics and got a hard lesson today. My opponent in the Democratic Primary has decided to start a smear campaign. Well good, it[…]
Electric Choice- Is Deregulation a Cheaper Alternative? One of the buzz words being used by Republicans in the race for the 97 is Electric Choice- Deregulation of the Electric Market to increase competition and reduce costs to consumers by letting the free market control the price of electricity. While the free market is a cornerstone[…]
Dr. Robert Townsend Receives A Positive Rating from the NRA Both Robert Townsend and his Republican Opponent received the same B- Rating for the NRA in the Primaries. Unlike his opponent, who worked behind the scenes to become the candidate the NRA wanted in exchange for an endorsement, Dr. Townsend has stood by his principles[…]
What is the Deal with Common Core? As I go around the district and give my introduction talk, one of the questions I am commonly asked is ‘Do you support the repeal of common core?’. While I am not a teacher (really the right person to ask about a teaching technique), I did take the[…]
Voter Initiatives Died Yesterday I started working on this article about a month ago. Rather than publish it, I held back in the spirit of a positive campaign. Yesterday the Republican House finished the work of the Republican Senate and destroyed voter initiatives in Michigan with party politics and dirty tricks. Civic minded lawmakers like[…]
Dr. Bob Townsend on the Meaning of Walls In my home I have a Grandfather Clock with a built in display case. I keep things on display that mean something to me and my journey in life- my first flight log, a native flute, a piece of copper from the UP. There is even an alligator[…]
Military Salute I remember saluting the flag while in the Army. While in uniform I rendered the military hand salute, but in civilian clothing I lost that honor. Apparently, the law has changed (2008) and as veterans, we now have the honor of continuing the military salute in respect to our prior service. While this[…]
Michigan Amongst Highest Cost for No Fault- Why? Michigan leads the nation in No Fault Insurance Premiums. The national average is $1325 per year, Michigan comes in at $2738 and our nearest competitor for the ‘most expensive’ title is Montana at nearly $500 a year less. We extensively researched this issue and I spoke with[…]
DPS Currently Pays $1,100 per Student for Debt In an era where education consumes 31% of the State’s Budget, the already struggling Detroit Public Schools are being forced to divert over $1,100 per student simply to pay their outstanding operating debt. The Legislature recently had to pass an emergency funding bill of nearly $50 Million[…]
Drug Overdose Deaths Increase 14% According to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press deaths due to Drug Overdoses in Michigan have increased by 14%, with most of these deaths due to heroin and prescription pain killers. The report goes on to talk about the findings of the of the Michigan Drug and Opiate Abuse[…]
10 Commandments, 750 Criminal Offenses The headlines are full of stories about private prisons, prison overcrowding, and the high percentage of Michiganders that are incarcerated. Before we expand our prison system, let’s make sure that our jails are for actual criminals. We should also have a hard look at what constitutes a ‘Crime’. One thing[…]
War on Drugs Figures Released The Michigan State Police have released arrest statistics, county by county, for 2014. Specifically, we are going to look at the numbers for marijuana. While we imagine the War on Drugs being fought against heroin, meth, and prescription drug abuse, the numbers tell a very different story: In Arenac County,[…]
Amish Buggy v Car Accidents The 97th District contains a significant Amish population. Amish buggies on the road are a common sight and part of what gives our communities their ambience and rural character. Unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in Car v Amish Buggy accidents, and Facebook is full of conversation about what can[…]
We Have an Opportunity! I am going to take a short break from the Campaign to Represent the 97th District to talk about Trade and Technical Education in our District. We have an opportunity to make a difference on May 3- at a cost of about $50 per household, per year. I encourage you to[…]
Let’s Build a Border Wall Time and again on my Facebook page, people from the District are asking me about illegal immigration and walls. Although that is a federal issue, and the states have no say in immigration to the US, I’ll address the issue. The most common solutions you hear seem to involve banning[…]
97th Democrat Running As Doc That ‘Believes In Alternative Medicine’ Robert TOWNSEND says Lansing needs a doctor. And according to him, he is just the one to write Michigan’s prescription. Townsend, a practicing physician and owner of a number of medical clinics throughout the state, is running for the state house in the 97th district.[…]
We have a Second Amendment Right to Responsibly Own Guns I grew up with guns. They were tools to me. Like many in the 97th District we hunted in my family- mostly pheasant, deer and later dove when I lived down South. My personal interest is long distance shooting. I’m a member of the NRA,[…]
Why have I been called the ‘Un-Politician’ Most politicians running for office tend to make generic statements to attract the most voters while saying the least and giving the fewest ‘Benchmarks’ against which their performance can be judged. I’ve decided against this approach. It may cost me some votes, but I’m going to be real[…]
The Michigan Board of Education has proposed rules to address gender identification. I am in agreement with the vast majority of that document but this section is causing controversy… My concern is that this will detract from the positive aspects of the proposal by creating a ‘reason’ to oppose it that affects all our students[…]
Who is Robert Townsend? After much consideration I’ve decided to seek election as your Representative for the 97th District. Many of you know me from my medical practice, others have never heard of me. Most of you, even those that have met me, don’t know much about my background or what I stand for politically-[…]
The Campaign for the 97th District The 97th District is very large, parts of 4 entire counties and nearly 90,000 residents. To succeed in this Campaign, I need to get my message of Healthcare, Justice Reform, the Michigan Economy and Education out to the voters. They tell me it can cost a lot of money[…]
What are the Important Issues to YOU? I’ve put up a few of the issues that are important to me- Healthcare, Reform of the Criminal Justice System, the Economy, and Education. Obviously, these are not the only issues that I am looking over and forming opinions about. But a more important question is ‘What are[…]
Democratic Candidate 97th District After much discussion with family and close friends, I’ve decided to form a committee to explore the possibility of running as a Democrat for the 97th District of the Michigan House of Representatives. This decision is not taken lightly. The needs of my patients and practice are of the upmost importance[…]