Michigan LCV Endorses Republicans Rolls, Ponstein and Hirsch for Kent County Commission

Kent County is ground zero in the fight to preserve farmland and agricultural open spaces.

Grand Rapids --- The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) has issued endorsements for three Republican incumbents - Gary Rolls, Stan Ponstein and Bill Hirsch - for the Kent County Commission. All three candidates are strong supporters of retaining the traditional rural character of Kent County and promoting its agricultural sector by preserving farmland through its Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program.

“Growing up in West Michigan, I know well that farmland conservation through PDR is vital not only to supporting our agricultural community and the traditional beauty of our region, but also to enhancing the vibrant and growing urban core of Grand Rapids,” said Michigan LCV Executive Director Lisa Wozniak.

Purchase of Development Rights programs allow agricultural economies the certainty to invest, grow and thrive, while avoiding the economic pressures that too often force farmland to be commercially developed, in spite of smart land use policies.

“Gary Rolls, Stan Ponstein and Bill Hirsch are strong Republicans who know the cultural and economic value that farmland provides to Kent County. Michigan LCV is proud to endorse them in their bids to continue their exemplary service on the Kent County Commission,” said Michigan LCV Political Director Ryan Werder.

It is the policy of Michigan LCV to issue limited endorsements in each electoral cycle, with each endorsement backed up with significant resources and the means by which to make a deep impact in the race.

Michigan LCV is the political voice for protecting Michigan’s Great Lakes, lands, air, and waters. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(4) organization with offices in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Royal Oak.