Jason Gatties, a regular on LFV (and former contributor) is running for a nonpartisan seat on the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees. I hereby offer my wholehearted endorsement.
Jason ‘s platform stresses the importance of personal responsibility, which is of course a basic libertarian ideal. With regard to fiscal responsibility, he wants the college to run better and more efficiently, but without an increase in taxes or tuition. Instead, he wants to work within the financial structure as it presently exists, privatizing certain non-academic positions, and limiting the size and growth of administrative postitions.
Jason also wants to give the students the best college experience possible, including social experiences. He wants to expand the clubs which students can create and join, by allowing citizens to be volunteer advisors so the students will not be forced to give up a club due to not having a faculty member to advise them. Alternatively, he argues that since the students are legally adults, they should not need to have an advisor for their clubs at all.
Jason even did a small poll, wherein he tried to find out how much LMC students knew about the Board of Trustees. He was quite surprised to learn that they were completely unfamiliar with every Board member, with the sole exception of a local radio personality. He also discovered that there is no contact information for any Trustee on the college website. Jason wants to change that, and to that end, he plans to be far more communicative, and far more responsive. In fact, he plans to have a “virtual office” which will allow concerned citizens (including students) easy contact with him.
Clearly, Jason has put a lot of thought into the position he seeks, and he intends to use that position in the way it was intended: as a true public servant and steward of the citizens’ taxes. My experience with Jason has shown that he is passionate about the issues, and that he always tries to do the right thing, even if it causes him personal discomfort. As such, I can think of no better person for the elected position he seeks, and I strongly encourage voters in Berrien County, Covert Township, and the South Haven Public School District to support him in his efforts.