Grand Traverse County Pension Debt Problems

This video on the pension debt problem was posted to Facebook.

You may have heard about the “pension problem” and “MERS” that have consumed several County Commission meetings. The problem is that for more than 25 years, the Republicans on the Commission have effectively borrowed money from the pension by under funding it. The County now needs to play catch-up, and this will be a drag on the budget for about the next 15 years.

The discussion about moving away from MERS is a smokescreen to try to blame the pension fund problem for the Republican’s poor money management. If you want to blame someone, blame Rep. Inman and State Senator Schmidt. They could have fixed this a long time a go and didn’t.

I’m Bruce Moore. Please vote for me for County Commission District 6 on November 3rd.





The Grand Traverse County Commission Has a Transparency Problem

This is a video on the transparency problems at the County Commission.

The Grand Traverse County Commission has a transparency problem. At every township, the monthly meeting begins with trustees announcing whatever conflicts of interest they may potentially have with agenda items.

Our County Commission conspicuously does not do this despite the fact that some commissioners have significant conflicts of interest. Our county needs an ethics policy that addresses the conflicts of elected officials—not just employees.

I’m Bruce Moore. Please vote for me for County Commission District 6 on November 3rd.





Don't Kill Our Healthcare Workers--Wear a Mask

This is a video posted to Facebook.

Last spring the shortage was toilet paper, beans, flour, and hand sanitizer. Next year, the shortage will be physicians and healthcare workers. Worldwide, many will die due to occupational exposure to COVID 19. In rural areas, it is hard to hire doctors and other healthcare workers because they can make much more money in a big city.

We can’t kill our doctors, nurses and other workers, because we won’t be able to replace them. Some of our County Commissioners think that it is OK to have a hospital packed with COVID patients. I don’t. We can’t do that. Wear a mask when you are around others, and keep our healthcare workers safe.

I’m Bruce Moore. Please vote for me for County Commission District 6 on November 3rd.





We Need to Plan for Housing That People Can Afford

This is a video on climate change and planning that I posted to Facebook.

I love the forests, rivers, streams and lakes, and I think everyone in Grand Traverse County does too. So many people love it here that housing you can afford is hard to find.

As people start to understand the reality of climate change, I think the outward migration from Michigan will reverse, and the housing problems will get worse—unless we plan. We must protect the water, air and night sky now, and plan for growth that will inevitably occur so that our kids will enjoy the same life that we enjoy.

I’m Bruce Moore. Please vote for me for County Commission District 6 on November 3rd.





League of Women Voters of Grand Traverse Area--County Commission Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters is holding forums for all of the contested State and County races on the ballot. The forum for Grand Traverse County Commission was held on Monday, October 5th, and was streamed live on Facebook and Traverse Area Community Media. The LWV forum was much more extensive than the Traverse Connect Forum and no questions were known by the candidates in advance. That said, I was prepared for all of them, as I attended almost all of the Commission meetings for the last two years. The forum was moderated by Jeanine Easterday, Past President of LWVGTA. Questions were submitted by voters through the LWVGTA web site and selected by the LWVGTA. The questions were much more diverse than the questions for the Traverse Connect Forum

League of Women Voters of Grand Traverse County Forum for County Commission

Questions and Time Offsets in the Video

The LWV rules prohibit creating excerpts from the forum, so I will call you attention to the approximate time offsets of the questions, which I've abbreviated as topics.There are clear differences.

  • 3:00–Opening statements.
  • 8:15‐Tell us about the geographic area and characteristics of your district.
  • 13:10–What are your top three priorities? Our answers on this are a clear difference.
  • 18:20–Senior Center.
  • 23:20–Ethics Policy
  • 28:15–Jail Oversight
  • 33:07–Do you support a resolution promoting racial equality...? Our answers to this question are a clear difference
  • 38:20–Bridge over Boardman River. Our answers on this are a clear difference.
  • 43:35–Do you believe in the science of climate change? Our answers are a clear difference.
  • 48:40–Broadband access. Our answers are a clear difference.
  • 53:40–Collaborative working relationship between County Commissioners. This is a clear difference.
  • 58:36–Prayer and time of meeting. This is a clear difference.
  • 1:03:43–Line 5 Tunnel and Gun Sanctuary County Resolutions. This is a clear difference.
  • 1:09:40–County role in water quality. This is a clear difference.
  • 1:15:25–MERS Pension Debt.
  • 1:20:50–Planning Department. This is a clear difference.
  • 1:25:50–Closing statements.

Democrats Participating

  • Candidate, District 3Melissa Hogan
  • Candidate, District 4Brace Kern
  • Candidate, District 6Bruce Moore

Republicans Participating

  • Candidate, District 6Darryl V. Nelson