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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[…]

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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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Criminal Charges

Reduce Prison Population by Reducing Criminals

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[…]

The War on Drugs

The Cost of the War on Drugs in the 97th District

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 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,[…]

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[…]