Oct. 8, 2018

Sault Tribal Leader Payment Endorses Chatfield Challenger Galloway



Sault Ste Marie, MI —
 Chippewa Tribal leader Aaron Payment has endorsed state House candidate and U.P. farmer-businesswoman Joanne Galloway in her bid to upset GOP Rep. Lee Chatfield in November.

"My tribe does not do endorsements for anyone,” said Payment, chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewas Indians.

"But I can think of no one better than you, Joanne, to fill the shoes that” former 107th District Rep. Pat “Gags” "Gagliardi left years ago. 

"Not since Pat has anyone been so sincere, and knowledgable and willing to represent our issues for the Natives in your district.  We have attended several pow wows together, and I know your heart, mind and spirit are good, Payment said.  

"You have my support and personal endorsement. Your opponent has never once reached out to meet with me at the Tribe or represent our issues, including full funding for the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver.  Your opponent has done nothing to fill the annual shortfall to Lake State of about $500,000,  

"Former LSSU President Dr. (Thomas) Pleger spoke with Chatfeild several times to remedy this,” Payment said,   "but his words fell on deaf ears. I reminded Chatfeild of this at my friend's (Pleger’s) memorial service, but still no leadership from Chatfield, and no new funding to LSSU.

"If 107th District voters want to return to the kind of leadership we had with Gags, they'll vote for you,” Payment said.

Payment’s endorsement comes on the heels of an endorsement for Galloway by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and an updated endorsement by the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club. 

If re-elected, Chatfield — who was detained July 15 at a northern Michigan airport TSA checkpoint after a loaded firearm was found in his carry-on luggage — is possibly in line to be Michigan’s next House Speaker. A Galloway win would be a huge upset, observers say. 

Chatfield, 29, was fined $250 recently for having the unregistered handgun at Pellston Regional Airport, and faces up to $9,800 in additional fines by the TSA, according to a press reports. In an Facebook apology in August, Chatflied blamed a “hectic Sunday afternoon” at home, which included a daughter’s birthday party, for forgetting where he had put his loaded .380 caliber pistol. 

Galloway, 55, and her husband, Gary, own and operate Galloway’s Red Clay Ranch on 450 acres in Pickford, MI. She is a Pickford High School graduate and has a BS degree from Grand Valley State University in business marketing and public relations. Chatfield, 29, taught at his family’s K-12 church school in Burt Lake, MI. He holds an on-line master’s degree  in public policy from Liberty University.

October 1, 2018

U.S. Sen. Stabenow Endorses Joanne Galloway



St. IGNACE, MI. —  U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has endorsed Michigan state House candidate and U.P. farmer Joanne Galloway.

“Senator Stabenow has long been a tireless fighter for the people of Michigan,” Stabenow spokesman Jay Gage said in announcing the endorsement Saturday at a public Galloway event on Mackinac Island. “Joanne Galloway will also be such a fighter for Michiganders and for her neighbors in the 107th District."

“Both Sen. Stabenow and Joanne have shown they are able to work for consensus and bridge the gaps between people —  in this highly-partisan era — to find people with the talent and inspiration to get things done that benefit everyone." 

“I am honored to be endorsed by Sen. Stabenow,” Galloway said. “Everything Debbie stands for, I stand for. We are your voice in Michigan. We are the voice of our friends and neighbors."
Galloway, a businesswoman-farmer and community advocate, faces incumbent Rep. Lee Chatfield in November. The district includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Emmet, and parts of Cheboygan counties. 

If re-elected, Chatfield (R-Levering) — who was detained July 15 at a northern Michigan airport TSA checkpoint after a loaded, unregistered firearm was found in his carry-on luggage — is possibly in line to be Michigan’s next House Speaker. A Galloway win would be a huge upset, observers say. 

Galloway and Chatfield have two formal debates on the horizon: One is set for Thursday in Sault Ste. Marie and sponsored by the E. U.P. League of Women voters. Chatfield is reportedly skipping that event. The other is set for Oct. 10 in Petoskey at N. Central Michigan College. Galloway said she will be present at both events.
Chatfield, 29, was fined $250 in August for having the unregistered handgun at Pellston Regional Airport. He faces up to $9,800 in additional fines by the TSA, according to press reports. In an Facebook apology, Chatflied blamed a “hectic Sunday afternoon” at home, which included a daughter’s birthday party, for forgetting where he had put his loaded .380 caliber pistol. 

Galloway, 55, and her husband, Gary, own and operate Galloway’s Red Clay Ranch on 400 acres in Pickford, MI. She is a Pickford High School graduate and has a BS degree from Grand Valley State University in business marketing and public relations. Chatfield, 29, taught at his family’s K-12 church school in Burt Lake. He holds an on-line master’s degree in public policy from Liberty University.

September 15, 2018

Joanne and Team on Lee Chatfield’s “Push Poll”

On September 8th Lee and his GOP buddies attempted to smear our campaign with what is known as a “Push Poll”. These surveys are really a sleazy attempt to sway our neighbors using loaded or manipulated questions. Most times candidates just take the abuse, NOT Joanne. She fought back by exposing the tactic and telling everybody. Lee seemed to forget that farmers don’t back down, EVER! See our comments below.

POLL: "Lee Chatfield understand college in not the only path to success as many Michigan kids are leaving college with debt they can’t pay and degrees they can’t use.  Chatfield help secure nearly  $100 million dollars for vocation training and will help make Michigan a national leader in vocational and tech training to ensure every student is career ready when they leave our public schools.”

RESEARCH COMMENT:  Chatfield merely voted with his party on legislation sponsored by others for more funding and looser credential requirements for vocational / technical instructors. HB 5141, HB 5142.   Under these bills a licensed electrician (for example) could serve as a teacher without any training in accepted educational practices.

POLL: “Michigan motorists are paying the highest auto insurance in American and Lee Chatfield is committed to solving the problem. As state representative Chatfield will fight to reform Michigan’s auto insurance laws; to provide Michigan families with lower auto insurance bills.”

RESEARCH COMMENT: “will fight to reform” is a vague statement, no specific legislation is cited.

POLL: “As State representative Chatfield voted to lower income taxes for Michigan families and provide senior citizens with more tax relief as many live on fixed incomes. Does this statement make you more or less likely to vote for him?”

RESEARCH COMMENT:  Chatfield sponsored HB 4001 to completely eliminate income tax, with no plan to replace state revenues.

POLL: “As state representative, Lee Chatfield is helping contribute to policies that lead Michigan unemployment to drop 4.3% and create 540,000 new jobs.”

RESEARCH COMMENT:  “Helping contribute to policies” is a vague statement. Michigan has benefited from economic recovery trends which began in 2009.

POLL: “Joanne Galloway has taken thousands of dollars from the same liberal special interest who support stricter gun control are pro abortion and are weak on issues like illegal immigration.”

RESEARCH COMMENT: Simply false – Joanne has not taken special interest money at all; the poll uses misleading and inflammatory language.

POLL: “Joanne Galloway is backed by a special interest that supports a complete government takeover of health care. This will put bureaucrats in charge of choosing your doctor and increase wait times and create government spending and hike taxes by $32 trillion dollars nationwide.”

RESEARCH COMMENT: Simply false and misleading.

C’mon Man!

September 12, 2018

Chatfield Opponent Galloway decries 'dirty
push-poll,' out-raises him in latest cycle


St. Ignace, MI —
  State House candidate Joanne Galloway is crying foul after learning her “friends and neighbors”  in the 107th District are "being called and told outrageous and dishonest information" about her and her campaign against incumbent Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering.

"It appears Lee and his campaign are dusting off the old GOP dirty tricks politics playbook and taking the low road,” said Galloway, a businesswoman farmer from Pickford in the Eastern U.P. “And it’s sad. It’s low-road behavior."

“They’ve fired up the sleaze machine with this one,” Galloway said, referring to the statements that were made by callers this week claiming they were doing a survey for a California company, Davis Research LLC. 

Galloway, 55, said she learned of the political calls on Saturday (Aug. 8).

“You have to be kidding me,” said Galloway, who’s waging a grassroots, David v Goliath campaign against Chatfield. "The election is two months away, my opponent has raised gazillions of dollars — compared to what I’ve raised — and he’s OK with going negative and telling lies about me? Seriously?  
Who’s getting PAC money?

“They say this is just dirty politics, and that everyone does it. Well, I don’t. My goal has always been to reach out,  bring people together and get stuff done.”

The questions, combined with statements — which Galloway’s campaign office recorded and some of which claim to be statements of fact --  allege Galloway:

"Has taken thousands of dollars from the same liberal, special interest groups that support strict gun control, are pro abortion and are weak on issues such as illegal immigration.” 

“Is backed by special interests that support a complete government takeover of health care. This would put bureaucrats in charge of choosing your doctor. … and hike taxes by $32 trillion nationwide.” 

The "political phone call shenanigans,” Galloway said, come on the heels of reports that 30 of her campaign yard signs were stolen from supporters’ property and dumped at the Emmet County Transfer station recently. Galloway said her campaign is waiting to see what camera footage shows. Sheriff’s office called? Thefts reported?

The Davis Research LLC survey "gives a false impression as to what the candidate — Joanne Galloway — is doing and what she stands for,” said Galloway supporter Carolyn Bourland. 

Bourland, a Petoskey resident who said she was called by a person employed by Davis Survey LLC, emailed (last week, Friday Sept. 8) the company, saying:, "Your company should take honest assessments of the candidate and not give false information to the people your surveyors call … This type of disreputable political campaigns should be illegal.”

Galloway donations double Chatfield’s

Meanwhile, Michigan Secretary of State records show Galloway took in nearly $14,000 in donations in during the latest filing period from 143 donors, and has raised nearly $30,000 to date. None of the money she has raised comes from PACS of any kind.
Chatfield raised an even $7,500 during the most-recent reporting cycle, according to SOS records, that money coming from only 13 donors, most of them PACS. However, Chatfield’s campaign has raised nearly $270,000 to date, SOS records show. A lot of that money comes from corporate PACS.

That Davis LLC “survey?” Who’s behind the calls?  And is the Davis Research operation a survey? Or a political propaganda effort? One person who answered the phone at Davis on Saturday (Aug. 8) referred to the phone call operation as the “Michigan Project” and said Davis employee Jason Kern was in charge of it. On Monday (Sept 11), when reached by phone, Kern said.  “I’m not going to answer any questions” about the project and who had paid for it. He said it wasn’t a push-poll project, however, saying it was a “survey that was asking for information.”

Wikipedia defines a push poll as an interactive marketing technique, most commonly employed during political campaigning, in which an individual or organization attempts to manipulate or alter prospective voters' views/beliefs under the guise of conducting an opinion poll.

September 10, 2018

Joanne Galloway Endorses Voting Rights Ballot Initiatives


Saint Ignace,  MI. —
  State House candidate and Upper Peninsula farmer  and businesswoman Joanne Galloway "has long supported -- and is proud to endorse — two key, historic grassroots efforts" that she hopes will bear fruit in Michigan as ballot issues on Election Day. 

These are: the (1) Promote The Vote, and (2) Voters Not Politicians initiatives which seek to update and modernize the state’s voting laws (PTV), and to end rigged (gerrymandered) congressional redistricting in Michigan (VNP).

Your right to vote is everyone’s right to vote: It is one of the most cherished rights of all Americans,” said Galloway. 

 "The right to vote --  and protecting that right --  is not a partisan issue, which is why we support these efforts,” Galloway said."As your voice in Lansing, I will work to make sure these rights are protected and guaranteed.” 

 Galloway, 55, and her husband, Gary, own and operate Galloway’s Red Clay Ranch on 400 acres in Pickford, MI. She is a Pickford High School graduate and has a BS degree from Grand Valley State University in business marketing and public relations. 

Her opponent, GOP Rep. Lee Chatfield, Levering, taught at his family’s small K-12 church school in Burt Lake, MI. Only 30, he holds an on-line master’s degree in public policy from Liberty University, a school in Virginia.

If re-elected, Chatfield, 30, is possibly in line to be Michigan’s next House Speaker. A Galloway win would be a huge upset, observers say. 

August 30, 2018

Joanne Issues a Statement on the Environment

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I am a farmer: I work in the soil and with the soil. I depend on clean soil and clean water and clean air to run my business and support my family.

We are all in this together. The water and the air and the soil do not care what party is in office. The earth and all that is in it, is clean and safe only if we make it that way and keep it that way.

News reports on August 29 told us that the Detroit Public School system is shutting off drinking water in its school buildings because so many buildings tested as unsafe.

In Flint, criminal cases are proceeding against people whose job it was to make sure drinking water is safe.

The State of Michigan is about to spend $60,000 of taxpayer money just to check the soil at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda.

Line 5 has been down in the water of the Straits of Mackinac since 1953, stressing back and forth as the water currents shift. It is only a matter of time before someday, perhaps some winter day under the ice, that line springs a leak.

We are all in this together. This world around us, this environment, is a gift from our parents, held in trust for our children. I inherited my farm from my Dad. I hope to pass it on someday to our children and grandchildren.

We can have a clean environment, clean for our families, our businesses, our tourist-industry guests. But we can have all this only if Lansing works with local communities to make it so. As your Legislator, I will work every day, just as hard as I work on the farm, to keep a clean world for us all.

August 18, 2018

Lee Chatfield’s Hazy Line 5 Position

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Michigan citizens increasingly have grown more worried about the possibility of a major pipeline leak at the Straits of Mackinac. The news earlier this year that an anchor had scraped against one of Enbridge’s two pipelines caused plenty of alarm, although inspections later indicated only minor damage was inflicted. Even so, Enbridge’s assurances have not calmed the anxiety of those living in the Straits region. Many have mobilized into citizen action groups, demanding that something be done about the pipeline threat once and for all.

Lee Chatfield responded to the news about the tugboat anchor with a lengthy Facebook post on April 22. He expressed his concerns about the situation and called for holding all pipeline companies accountable, not just Enbridge, for proper maintenance and inspection of their facilities. He added that he was going to introduce legislation later (which he did) to increase monitoring, require detailed plans for oversight and emergencies, impose strict regulations on ships travelling near the pipeline, ban anchor use in the pipeline’s vicinity, etc.

He writes: “While the transportation of oil and natural gas liquids is essential to our daily lives, it’s important that we continue to seek the safest methods of transportation. When pipelines are properly maintained and inspected, they remain the safest approach. But, let’s make sure that we are holding accountable the corporations that are transporting oil through our state – whether it Enbridge or anyone else.”

He also said that we should be open to alternatives and new ideas to ensure the safest possible operation of the pipeline. But he never once mentioned that he would look at shutting down or decommissioning Line 5. He apparently considers the pipeline too valuable.

Given Enbridge’s history of shabby compliance with government regulations not only in the United States, but also in Canada, why would Mr. Chatfield believe that his legislation requiring detailed plans would lead to Enbridge fully meeting all of its responsibilities? If a spillage does occur, the current law calls for a maximum $35,500 penalty fee per day for those responsible and if gross negligence or willful misconduct is involved, there’s an additional penalty fee of $150,000 (see pages 24-25) . But what is that compared to Enbridge’s billions? Better yet, how does that compare to the cost of a major clean-up estimated to be in the billions?

And what if a leak occurs and no one is at fault through either negligence or willful misconduct? The pipeline just breaks due to natural forces? Who will be paying for all the devastation? Cost estimates run in the billions, but we all know that no matter how much money is poured on the cleanup, what was lost will never be fully restored.

One last thing regarding the spillage prevention plan and the contingency plan for spillage containment and cleanup: Mr. Chatfield’s legislation excludes these two plans from FOIA (see pages 14 and 20). Why? Certainly the public has a right to know what Enbridge plans on doing to prevent its pipeline from leaking and its contingency plan to contain and clean up any spills. Chatfield appears more concerned about protecting Enbridge than his own district. A lot of questions here deserve answers.

August 14, 2018

Joanne Galloway issues statement on firearm safety

 Joanne Galloway - Farmer and Small Businesswoman from Pickford, Michigan

Joanne Galloway - Farmer and Small Businesswoman from Pickford, Michigan


Emmet County Prosecuting Attorney James Linderman has valid legal reasons for not filing criminal charges against Mr. Chatfield under Michigan law. In a similar previous case, he contacted the Michigan Attorney General concerning the defect in state law that now prevents him from filing charges, and the Legislature has failed to address the problem.

We are waiting to see the outcome of the civil infraction concerning the possession of an unregistered firearm and the potential for fines to be imposed on Mr. Chatfield by the TSA.

When I am elected to the State House of Representatives, I will sponsor the needed amendment to Michigan law to keep air travel safe for everyone, and to give prosecutors clear legal standing to bring criminal charges when needed.


August 13, 2018

Joanne Galloway Discusses Health Issues in Brimley

Bay Mills Health Center in Brimley invited our candidate to help kick off community health center week. Joanne got to sit down and really listen to the concerns of the people who work to keep us healthy and is ready to take their message to Lansing

August 11, 2018

Galloway Participates in the IIW Festival

International Iron Worker Festival Ironworkers Local 25 invited our candidate to participate in their festival on Saturday. She agreed to walk the beam, but draw the line on being hoisted up the tower in a harness. Recent legislation from Lansing ends the fair wage that will make it difficult on these neighbors.

August 8, 2018

Former State Representative Endorses Joanne Galloway

Gary McDowell represented district 107 for three, two-year terms in the Michigan House of Representatives and served from January 1, 2005, until January 1, 2011. Prior to serving in the Michigan House of Representatives, McDowell was a member of the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners for 22 years. He also served on the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors from 1987 until 2004.

August 7, 2018

Chatfield, Galloway win nods as 107th District House candidates

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Incumbent state Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Democrat Joanne Galloway will advance to November's general election as candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives' 107th District seat, according to the Associated Press.

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August 5, 2018

Primary ballot includes several state, federal races

In Tuesday's primary election, Northern Michigan voters will decide which of the candidates for several state- and federal-level offices they would like to see advance to November's general election ballot.

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AUGUST 1, 2018

Chatfield's airport incident stirs mix of reactions

Reaction has been mixed in political circles to news that a Northern Michigan lawmaker was detained at a Northern Emmet County airport after carrying a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag.

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JULY 30, 2018

Where they stand: Legislative candidates talk roads, infrastructure

Many in Michigan see a need to improve on roads and other infrastructure around the state.

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