Wentworth Campaign Fluff

Campaign Fluff vs Issues

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[…]

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Wentworth and Townsend the Gladwin Debate

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[…]

Trump Supporters

Make Michigan Great Again

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[…]

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Compare the Positions

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[…]

Democrat Votes Count

DeVos Candidate Mocks Democrats

“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[…]

Republican Lincoln

Why are Republicans Supporting Robert Townsend?

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[…]

The Kingmakers

Kingmakers- the DeVos Family

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[…]

Race for the 97th

The Race for the 97th- Should Money Make the Difference?

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[…]

Mudslinging

Dr. Robert Townsend- Still the Best Choice for the 97th

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[…]

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Dr. Robert Townsend- Pro Gun Democrat

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[…]

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The Republicans Destroyed Voter Initiatives Yesterday

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[…]

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Veterans Can Salute the Flag

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[…]

Amish Buggies

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[…]

Border Wall

Building Border Walls

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[…]

Capital, Lansing

Dr. Robert Townsend makes front page of MIRS News

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.[…]

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Gun Ownership is Part of America

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,[…]

Michigan Fudge

Politicians Like Michigan Fudge

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[…]

Who is Dr. Robert Townsend and Why Should We Choose Him?

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-[…]

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I could use some LOCAL CAMPAIGN HELP!

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[…]

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What Issues are Important to You?

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[…]

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Dr. Robert Townsend Forms Committee

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[…]