LaBarre vs. Montague
Christina Montague says she's been concentrating on national politics--she was state coordinator of Michiganders for Obama in 2008--but was drawn back to the local level after being invited to sit in on a county redistricting meeting.
"I got elected to the county commission in 1990, and I was elected five straight times until I was redistricted out of office in 2000," Montague says. "I ran two or three more times [in the primaries] after that because Barbara Bergman kept saying she'd retire. The last time was in 2006." Montague got 23 percent of the vote against Bergman that year.
Asked why she wants to return to the commission, Montague answers by quoting her press statement: "Today more than ever there is a need for experienced and committed community leaders focused on the community." Asked why voters should pick her, she replies, "There's a need for people with diverse thoughts and diverse experiences who know the community. I know the needs confronting families every day, and I bring that kind of vision, being a fiscal conservative and socially liberal, to the table."
[Originally published in August, 2012.]