Anybody still out there?
I believe that you have to finish what you've started if it's possible.
I announced my candidacy for governor of Michigan this spring and anticipated being on the ballot along with DeVos. Although my name will not be printed next to a check box, there will be a place on the August 8Th ballot for my name; the write-in section on your ballot!
Please let everyone know that there is still a choice and that you can still make a difference. For those of you who still believe that this "splits the vote", re-visit my March 30Th posting. I will not be a candidate in the November election if I do not win the primary. August 8 is when the competition ends because the winner will represent the majority and that will be that.
If you are unfamiliar with the write-in option on the ballot, please do not hesitate to enlist help at the polls. The voting attendants can answer any questions you may have. If you experience any problems at the polls, please contact the Bureau of Elections immediately.
I look forward to seeing you at the polls August 8! Thank you.
Dr. Louis C. Boven
We regret to inform you that we will not be making the trip to Lansing today. It has been an interesting journey but our destination today will not be the Bureau of Elections as we had planned. We do not have the required signatures to secure a place on the ballot for the primary election on August 8.
First, let me thank the thousands and thousands of people who signed petitions for my nomination. We were so very close….and lost many signatures because of inaccuracies and recording issues on the nominating petitions. You should take solace however, in the fact that most politicians hire professional circulators to fulfill the petition requirements at the cost of 3.00 to 5.00 per signature; or enlist the help of volunteers from their party. We were not able to utilize either of those avenues but, in 11 weeks, collected almost 15,000 acceptable signatures! We are humbled to have received such support.
This campaign effort was about making a difference; about bringing virtue back to politics; and finally, about bringing people together who know they are the majority yet the far left or the far right does not represent them. We are sure that many changes will be forthcoming because of the consciousness of all the good people involved with the Boven for Governor Campaign. Like a pebble tossed in a pond; the ripple it causes touches everything in its path; and all the land and water it reaches feel the effects.
The movement has begun and anyone who wants change should help perpetuate it through active participation. Please do not become more apathetic. Stand up and voice how you feel and take the time to vote. We are grateful for those who already know they can make a difference by participating. Your contributions are in motion and there will be changes because of your actions. Remember, without effort there is never change.
As a final gesture of the intentions of this campaign, we will be posting some “food for thought” taken from our platform on our website. We are condensing it and it will be available in a few days. We hope that this will help make a difference because this was the reason our movement began.
We would also like to encourage those elected in November to take seriously their responsibilities. They need to listen to the soft voices that try to speak over the shouting of fanatics. As we traveled the state, we found many frustrated people unable to come to terms with how quickly we are losing our rights and they are dismayed. This attitude does not help fuel desires to succeed or to contribute.
Finally, to legislators, representatives, the governor and all those elected by the citizens of Michigan, this should be your wake up call. Represent the people, not the big money; answer to your conscience, not your cronies; and take the time to find out what the quiet, hardworking citizens think about your policies. They are the voices of reason, integrity and social justice.
Dr. Louis C. Boven &
The Boven for Governor Committee
We continue to try and motivate voters and potential voters all over Michigan. Most feel they are being poorly represented by the far right and the far left.
The majority of people are tired and apathetic. Fanatical agendas have alienated them. This type of thinking makes them feel like they are helpless to change things. The division between Democrats and Republicans, created and fueled by the shouting of both sides, is seperating friends, colleagues, neighbors and families.
I believe that we need some healing. There are fundamental differences between the parties but the fact is, the majority of our citizens have similar needs. Many of these needs can be found in the middle and can serve both sides.This campaign wants to deliver good and honest change to Michigan.
Together we can make a difference. Please speak up and make your voice heard!
We are winding up our drive for signatures and must receive all petitions that are being circulated no later than May 8. Those who still need petitions, let us know. (There's still time to collect a minimum of 15 signatures..it's only 1 a day!) If you have finished collecting signatures, don't wait until the absolute deadline, send them in now. Please send completed and signed petitions to; Louis Boven for Governor, P.O. Box 1216, Holland, MI 49422. Remember, it could take several days to receive your petitions so they should be postmarked no later than May 5. PLEASE TAKE A LITTLE TIME AND GET AS MANY SIGNATURES AS YOU CAN; EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS! Thank you for your help.
We continue to sign up volunteers for our signature drive but could always use more. Our goal is to submit the maximum amount of signatures required to be placed on the primary ballot in record time; just under ten weeks. This will show that, when all of us who want change band together, we have the power to win; even with unfavorable odds.
If you already hold a petition, please get it filled and returned A.S.A.P. to:
Louis Boven for Governor,
P.O. Box 1216,
We need to receive the petitions before the end of April so time is important! Remember; make sure the voters fill it out completely and correctly and that you sign it after completion. If you have any questions about the petition, please contact us. (In regards to signing more than one petition; the answer directly from the Bureau of Elections was do not sign more than one petition for governor. The key word on the top of the petition is elected; not running.)
Thanks to everyone who continues to collect signatures. We couldn't’t do this without you and the work you do is very much appreciated!
The expression “he’s splitting the vote” is fueling a lot of frustration for some Republicans. Look, if having a healthy competition for winning a nomination to an office by the party is going to ruffle feathers, we should just stop the process of elections now. Let’s just let the party chairperson choose the party’s candidate because they would obviously know who was best for the people. I mean, why not take the gamble out of it and keep the people from being burdened in making a choice? Can you imagine the money we could all save? We could put it to good use…give it to charities and to people in real need. There’s only one flaw in this great plan. What happened to the democratic process? Remember, there is the democratic process within the party, the primary, and a democratic process between parties, the general election.
The negative comments are beginning in regards to political campaigns. Starting political advertisements so early cause anxiety in our lives. Even so, we try to find some good in the process with hopeful anticipation. Then it begins. Continuous negative ads wear people down with silly "he said, she said, they all said" campaign strategies until most voters are reduced to a pre-election mummy-like state in which their auto-pilot vote goes off. They show up, wait in line, see the names and try and remember a slogan or a name and presto, a vote is cast. If only our forefathers could see us now! Wouldn't they be amazed at it all? I know it sounds idealistic, which is usually political suicide, but I hope as you get to know me that you actually see merit in my plans and actually remember what I stand for as well as my name. I believe that if you take the time to form your own opinion about where I stand on all the issues, no matter what your political background, we can make real changes in Lansing!
Yesterday an article was published about the campaign in the Grand Rapids Press. I want to make some things clear about the article. It's true...I am competitive and I love to win but I have to let you know that the Hope College rope pull was a draw! I don’t remember the outcome of the pull being discussed during the interview but I do remember explaining what the pull was all about. The improper conclusion of the outcome was no one’s fault, just a missing link in the conversation. I know that to most of you this means nothing but to the others involved in that year’s pull, it’s very important and honor dictates that I correct it. I would like to point out however, that the pull was supposed to be a quick win for the other side and turned out to be one of the longest in Hope's history. I love staying in the trenches until the final outcome.. no matter what it is!
The second note I’d like to make is that the Republican party representatives may have misunderstood what was said. Their comment seemed to imply that I was condemning DeVos for being wealthy and heavily supported. That is not the case. I was asked to point out what I felt might be a potential weakness in his campaign. I simply stated that his most obvious weakness would probably be his rearing as heir to the Amway fortune. I went on to say that it wasn't his fault but it's hard to have lived with that much money and be able to really address the needs of the common laborer, the common businessman. If the tables were turned, I'm sure others would be happy to point out several of my weak points, a lack of wealth and no party support! Please read the article and let me know what you think. If you didn’t pick up the paper and would like to read it, email me and I’ll send you a copy. Moving on....
We are in the second phase of signature collections and are again asking for volunteers. The secret of why our volunteers so happily ask for signatures, no matter what their party affiliation, is founded on the following belief:
“It’s American democracy at work. People should have the right to run for a public office and money should not always be a motivator. It doesn’t matter which party you choose, the petition is a freedom we should all cherish and preserve through active participation!” If you feel about our freedoms the way that I do, then you’re a perfect candidate yourself, a candidate for our signature collection team! Contact me by emailing to email@example.com .We’d like to know when you can give just 3-4 hours of your time to help in our grassroots endeavor. Better yet, pick a friend and take each other along for moral support. After all, two is two times better than one! I look forward to your support. THANK YOU
If you feel about our freedoms the way that I do, then you’re a perfect candidate yourself, a candidate for our signature collection team! Contact me by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org .We’d like to know when you can give just 3-4 hours of your time to help in our grassroots endeavor. Better yet, pick a friend and take each other along for moral support. After all, two is two times better than one!
I look forward to your support. THANK YOU
Welcome to The Political Network. This site was created in an effort to share with others my political views and plans for change. It will be a venue too, for voters to air their concerns and observations about what's happening in Michigan. I look forward to many lively discussions and creative outcomes as a result of this forum.
My name is Louis C. Boven and I am running for governor against Dick DeVos. We are both Republicans and will face each other on the August 8th primary ballot. DeVos is a very high profile candidate and of course this is of concern to the voters. They don't want to lose the race to the incumbent and DeVos appears to be their best chance. It is already circulating that my candidacy will split the vote. Let me lay to rest that rumor.
The primary race is between DeVos and myself. The voters will decide in that election which Republican will face Jennifer Granholm in the general election on November 7th. There will be no vote splitting because only one Republican will be running against the current governor. In other words, voters are not being forced to vote for DeVos because he is the only one chosen, rather they are being given a chance in choosing only one!
This is part of the democratic process. A person, such as myself, who desires to serve the people and help lead in a creative and pace changing capacity, is able to do so because this is a democratic process. A process by which the people, not money, are allowed to decide the outcome of an election.
This idea may be somewhat old fashioned, in fact, as old as our founding fathers. Their humble ideals were the foundation of this country and their plans for the future were shining examples of effective networking. Out of respect to our past and with dreams for our future, I am here to share with the people this new "sight"...The Political Network.