Chasing presidential dreams

The presidential election will be taking center stage this November, and the battle for the oval office is being fought right here in Ottawa County.
Alex Doty
Oct 21, 2012


Ottawa County Republican Party Executive Director Faith Steketee said that her office is busier now than it has been in previous election cycles, and she thinks that voters are concerned about the direction in which the country is headed.

"I think there is a big difference between the two candidates," Steketee said.

The GOP group has also hosted those who are involved with the presidential election.

"We had Ann Romney in Ottawa County," Steketee said .

She said that with only 24 hours notice, more than 600 people showed up to support her appearance.

In addition to spreading the word about Mitt Romney, the GOP party also puts together a voter information booklet each election season to let voters of all parties know about the issues.

"I like to think we have a lot of well-educated voters here," she said.

There is also a contingency of people in Ottawa County who are supporting President Barack Obama.

Doug Zylstra of the Ottawa County Democrats said that the group recently conducted a voter registration drive.

“I think there’s a lot of focus on letting people know that we’re here for their candidate,” he said.

He noted that they’ve been spreading the word about all of the Democratic candidates, including Obama.

"I think we've been doing a very good job," Zylstra said. "A lot of it is making sure we get materials out to folks.”

Zylstra said that although Ottawa County is often considered a strongly Republican-leaning county, there has been plenty of support for Democratic candidates.

“In 2008, the president got (about) 40 percent of the vote in Ottawa County,” Zylstra said. “I think we will do more of the same, if not better.”

According to historic results from Ottawa County, in the 2008 election, just over 37 percent of voters voted for Obama, while about 61 percent voted for John McCain.

Zylstra also noted that U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has spent a lot of time in Ottawa County campaigning for herself and for the president.

“The senator has done a good job of campaigning here and making stops,” Zylstra said. “That’s something we may not have seen eight years ago.”



I don't intend to chase down every untruth, half-truth, and misleading statement you have cobbled together from Think Progress, the Huffington Post, and other left wing sources. (1) My time is better spent in worthwhile endeavors, (2) most people know that Obama is not running against Ronald Reagan, George Bush, FDR, or Teddy Roosevelt - he is running against Mitt Romney, and he has to run on his own record, and his plans for a second term (he has articulated none). Every rational citizen knows exactly what Obama has done for the economy, for foreign policy, for an American energy policy, for the military, and to the middle class. No matter the amount of smoke you and your friends try to shovel, it cannot conceal that Obama has been a dismal failure. Obamacare is actually opposed by a large majority of the citizenry, so good luck running on that - and if it such an important question to you that you ask " Why tear something down entirely when a few changes would keep it solvent for many more years" regarding Social Security and Medicare, why not ask yourself the same question about the American health care system. At any rate, no matter how desperate Obama's left wing supporters (and moderate Republicans like you and Ronald Reagan) become throwing around bogus statistics and inanities (Big Bird and Romnesia), in a few short weeks we will know whether their lies and attempt to buy votes through increasing dependency have worked.


Just supposing they gave an election and nobody came. Would that send a message to Washington or what? The message being we as American citizens are simply fed up. Are we really free? Ask yourself that. Yes we are free. Free to be told what to do.....or else. Food for thought.


The story goes that as Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a woman asked him, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”.

Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

So if you don’t want government to tell us what we can and cannot do, and if the people who have been elected to represent our voices in the highest governmental bodies in the land don’t do that the way that we think they should, we have a Constitutional right to invite them to spend more time with their families while someone else gets a chance to represent the will of the people. Read more at


Lanivan I'm impressed with your ability to take a debating whipping from Wing & TC Realist, but I'm confused at your inability to not know when to move on to the next post. Why would you continue a war of words with these two heavy weights when we all can see you're completely unarmed? I'm about ready to run over to Ken's place on Comstock Dr. and swipe one of his hanging chairs so, you can sit down and rest before you end up hurting yourself.


Nice attempt to stifle a voice of reason, dyankee. Did your online buddies ask you to come to their aid? Either way, I won't stop until the election.....sorry for the annoyance you are experiencing....but it's that serious. I am especially buoyed after a meeting I had earlier today with 9 staunch Republicans who 2 months ago when we met said they were voting for Romney. Today, after following these posts and doing some independent research, 8 told me they were voting Obama, and the 9th one is leaning in that direction, Thanks for your concern about my "hurting myself" but I think I can handle it. By the way, haven't heard from you much lately....?


My guess is Lan, your friends told you they would vote for Obama, just to get you to stop yammering on about Obama. Something tells me you won't stop once the election is here. Let's hope your sense of humor returns then. Hey, maybe you can help Obama with his memoirs!


--Time will tell! Trust me - you won't hear a peep out of me after the election. As for the folks in the meeting - they are the ones who ask me about Obama ....I do not start conversations regarding politics or religion with business associates - ever. But if they ask, knowing I spend a significant amount of time keeping current in politics, I will share with them what I know or observe. Other than that, being responsible adults, they make up their own minds without undue persuasion on my part. And they do not have any reason to tell me who they are voting for in a business setting - I'm not going to walk out of a meeting because I don't like their politics!!! You guys sure are getting silly! Let's stay on-track and quit with the personal attacks, shall we?


Lol, (personal attacks) that is sure funny coming from you Lan. So now, how are you ever going to respond?? I will remind you of this post!


Oh c'mon Wing - I complimented you yesterday....didn't you read it?


Now your just setting me up!


I am dead serious. Look under Rev Idema's piece. I would not set you up, Wing - although I admit it has crossed my mind...


Yes, I believe you. Now another quote from a founding father. "It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard M. Johnson, 1808


Lol on the hanging chair comment. Finally, I can agree with ole Laninvain, good to see your voice back dyankee.



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