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Campaign portrait of Bruce Moore, candidate for Grand Traverse County District 6

What do you want the business community to know about your candidacy?

I will not undermine efforts to recruit full-year businesses to the area and will work to make it easier to recruit employees to the area. At the commencement ceremony where I received my Doctor of Engineering hood, there were twelve candidates receiving doctoral degrees in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Two of us spoke English as a first language; the other English speaker was black. At professional society meetings in Operations Research and related fields, a very large number of women wear a hijab.

If my classmates and colleagues were to research a job opening in Traverse City, they would find out about the dis-invitation of an Imam for his role in a choral concert, the anti-Muslim statements of the Kalkaska Village President, the racist statements of the Leelanau Road Commissioner, and the invitation of Proud Boys from outside the county to bring forward and ultimately pass the firearm sanctuary resolution.

My classmates would see the Proud Boys and the firearm sanctuary resolution as a green light for armed protests in front of their place of worship—not an expression of liberty as the Proud Boys see it. They would certainly think twice about interviewing for the job; high tech businesses know that they will have a tough time recruiting employees to move to this area under these conditions.

The net present value of the negative publicity from that resolution probably negated the entire advertising budget for Traverse Connect this year, even though it only made the local news. The tail from that event will easily last a decade.

I will not undermine efforts to recruit full-year business to the area and will work to make it easier to recruit employees to the area.