As my campaign for re-election wraps up, I want to thank this great community for actively engaging with me to share your concerns and interests on vital issues that matter to all of us.
I enjoy serving this diverse community of individuals and stakeholder groups. Sometimes we have differing positions on issues. In these situations, my first duties are always to listen, to seek understanding, and to lead with balance and common-sense decisions that work today and tomorrow.
My family’s roots extend back at least three generations in this county and I have lived most of my life in Middlebury. Yet during these past eight years as your Commissioner, I have gained a new and ever-deepening understanding of the complex issues that impact our individual communities.
My interactions with mayors and involvement in activities such as the Community Foundation’s annual leadership retreat for not-for-profits, the annual Children’s Summit, Teen Court, interactions with elected officials and employees in our criminal justice system, contribute to this better understanding of the critical needs in our community and the services we provide to help meet those needs.
My economic development activities have consistently revealed an amazing economic diversity. We may be the RV capital of the world, but we are also much more than that. The economic diversity we desire and need is already here and ready to grow.
Good ideas and healthy nurturing don’t happen by accident. We have all the human resources and positive momentum needed to build towards a more prosperous, more recession-proof, more vibrant community. Everywhere we look there are signs of courage, innovation, and people working together for the common good.
I greatly appreciate this community’s trust, past support and encouragement. It will be a privilege and honor to continue working with you as your Commissioner.
Mike Yoder is running for re-election as District 2 Elkhart County Commissioner