by Cliff and Nancy Hill Last Thursday afternoon, June 24, Rockford’s Frenz Coffee House hosted a “Meet and Greet” for Michigan House of Representative hopeful, Peter MacGregor. MacGregor, a Republican who is currently serving as Cannon Township Supervisor, is running for the term-limited 73rd District seat of Rep. Tom Pearce. The first hurdle in what will be an arduous campaign is that of being chosen by voters in the August 3 Primary Election. MacGregor is but one of nine vying to be the Republican candidate on the ballot in the important November 2 General Election. With so many hats in the ring, this primary will be very contentious and result in an extremely splintered vote. Every vote counts. Your single vote might well be the one that puts your choice over the top. At the Frenz gathering, with wife Chrissie at his side, MacGregor met with friends, supporters and others who just wanted to get a feel for the man and just what he stands for. Many in attendance that afternoon were members of the Friends of the White Pine Trail. MacGregor, it seems, is no stranger to the trail, having lost 57 pounds in the past year and a half by regularly jogging the Rockford section of the White Pine Trail (WPT). Fit and trim this afternoon he was joined by Rep. Tom Pearce along with Chairman Dave Heyboer and Kerry Kilpatrick from the “Friends.” Pearce had previously given his election endorsement to MacGregor and was present in a strong show of support for his friend. In addition to numerous endorsements from many quarters, MacGregor was pleased to announce that that very day he had received the endorsements of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce PAC and the Michigan Farm Bureau. For the better part of two hours, questions were given to and answered by MacGregor. Judging from the smiles on the faces of those in attendance at the close of the meeting, all were pleased by what they had heard. For more information visit www.ElectPeterMacGregor.com.
State Rep. Tom Pearce
State Rep. Tom Pearce and Sen. Mark C. Jansen welcomed the 2009 state champion Rockford Rams men’s water polo team to Lansing on Tuesday, March 16, and honored them with a luncheon and special recognition on the Senate floor. “These young men have repeatedly proven themselves winners and excellent student athletes,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “The water polo program’s winning tradition makes our community proud, and we look forward to more success.” The state title is Rockford’s sixth in the last seven years, and the 17th year in a row they have captured at least a share of the OK Red conference title. “Congratulations to the Rockford water polo team. Following the leadership of their coaches, they have worked extremely hard as students and athletes,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “The team’s success embodies the work ethic and positive family, school and community spirit in Rockford. We’re pleased to welcome them to the state Capitol and honor their extraordinary achievement.”
Pearce eligible to attend national leadership conference State Rep. Tom Pearce is one of 40 state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program on Sept. 12-17, sponsored by the Council of State Governments. The annual week-long seminar helps develop leaders from all three branches of state government by offering programs focusing on trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes. “I was honored to be nominated by House leadership to represent Michigan at this conference and was pleased to be selected by the national committee.” Pearce said. “Attending the leadership conference gives me an opportunity to dialog with leaders from a multitude of other states and hear first-hand the solutions they are attempting for the challenges we all face.” Pearce was nominated by House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer, with endorsements from House Speaker Andy Dillon and Republican Floor Leader Dave Hildenbrand. He was selected by a committee of state-elected and state-appointed officials from a pool of outstanding applicants representing all three branches from 40 states and two U.S. territories. Before election to serve the residents of the 73rd House District in November 2004, Pearce served as the executive director of the North Kent Service Center. He has continued his focus on the family while a legislator by serving on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ committees on Human Services and Welfare, and Education; and on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s task forces on Education, and Health and Human Services. A Cornerstone University graduate, as a lawmaker Pearce has completed the 2004 Michigan State University Legislative Leadership Program, a 2006 fellowship with the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, and was elected by his peers to be Caucus Dean for this term. The Council of State Governments advocates multi-state problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness and promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills.
Pearce invites ‘Spirit’ recipient Courtney Fedeson to Lansing State Rep. Tom Pearce welcomed to the Michigan Capitol today Courtney Fedeson of Belmont, one of two top youth volunteers to receive the 14th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Fedeson, a 12-year-old seventh grader at North Rockford Middle School, was recognized during today’s Legislative session by the full House chamber for her accomplishment and was presented a House of Representatives’ resolution of congratulations. “I congratulate Courtney on her accomplishment and for becoming a role model for other youths who want to make a difference in their communities,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “I was especially impressed with her maturity and graciousness during our visit to make sure it was understood her Girl Scout troop and other volunteers deserve recognition too. This is a tremendous example of how our entire community embra- ces volunteerism.” Fedeson helped lead her Girl Scout troop to beautify the front entrance of her school. The project included designing, raising funds and installing new landscaping, concrete sidewalks and a brick sculpture base. Fedeson and her parents Brian and Jodi Fedeson also had lunch with Pearce while in Lansing. As a state honoree, Fedeson received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and she will travel to Washington D.C. in May for national recognition events with all other states’ honorees and the naming of America’s top youth volunteers for 2009. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to emphasize the importance of service to others and contributing to communities.