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Excited Voters Meet Primary Candidates at the GOP Patriotic Picnic!

By, Michelle Hazekamp

July 24, 2022

Saturday, July 23rd, the Muskegon County GOP held their annual "Patriotic Picnic" at Ross Park in Norton Shores. There was a huge turn-out as many came to hear and meet the key candidate speakers, before finalizing their choice of candidates for the August 2nd Primary election.

Ryan Kelley and Ralph Rebandt were the key Governor candidate speakers and both made an impact on the crowd. Ryan Kelley introduced his pick for Lt. Governor, Jamie Swafford, who was elected Ethnic Vice Chair of the MIGOP in 2021. Both Ryan and Ralph spoke on freedoms and liberty and the tyrannical atrocities committed by Governor Whitmer during the pandemic. They also spoke on the economy and the destructive leadership of the Whitmer/ Biden administrations along with their plans to make Michigan great again. Both have plans to reform and secure our elections, along with health care and education reform. You can read Ryan Kelley's 100 Day Plan at, and Ralph Rebandt"s "Lighthouse Compact" at: to find out more about their values and goals as future Governor of Michigan.

Tom Norton, an Afghanistan War Veteran running for the 2nd Congressional District spoke boldly as an America 1st candidate how he will fight to defend our freedom's and liberty and uphold the U.S. Constitution. Tom is endorsed by General Michael Flynn. Find out more about Tom at

John Gibbs, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District spoke of his journey leading to this point in his life. He worked under Dr. Ben Carson for the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Trump administration and is endorsed by both. John will uphold the U.S. Constitution, fight for election reform and integrity and defend our freedoms. His opponent for the August primary, Peter Meijer has proven time and again that he is willing to compromise our 2nd Amendment rights, election integrity and traditional family values. Learn more about John Gibbs at

Mick Bricker is running for the 88th Michigan Representative District and is a strong conservative endorsed by President Trump who cares about election integrity, and the safety of our communities. Mick gave a great speech on how he will protect our rights and mentioned how his opponent, Greg VanWoerkom has twisted Mick's pro-life stance, because he is not endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan. Right to Life will not endorse an opposing candidate if an incumbent is currently endorsed, as Greg VanWoerkom is. However, Mick is very pro-life and an honorable candidate who will defend life! Learn more about Mick Bricker at

Andrew Sebolt for Michigans 102nd Representative District is an Army Veteran who spoke on taking back our freedoms and liberties, upholding the U.S. Constitution and defending traditional values. Andrew is endorsed by Muskegon County Republican Delegates, Patrick Colbeck and Michigan Health Choice Alliance. To find out more about Andrew Sebolt, visit

Senator Jon Bumstead, incumbent running for Michigan's 32nd State Senate district, closed the speeches after a prayer by encouraging everyone to vote in the August primary and then get behind and help those candidates to take the victory in the November General Election.

Also present, Al Swanson, judicial candidate for Muskegon County's 14th Circuit Court (new judgeship) and Luke Meerman, candidate for State House Representative for the 89th District.

Muskegon County Commissioner Candidates:

Each of the candidates who attended the Patriotic Picnic are true grass-roots, patriotic leaders. They all are Christians, pro-life and believe in the legacy of our Constitution which is to be upheld at all times. They are not establishment politicians, but everyday people who have stood up out of concern over the direction this nation is headed and the future for our children and grandchildren. They live by the Republican Party platform and believe our freedoms and liberties were given to us by God, not government. Each one has taken a stand and pledge to take our communities, state and country back to the traditional, Judeo Christian values this nation was founded on by our Founding Fathers, uphold the U.S. and Michigan Constitutions and stop the radical left's socialist agenda that is tearing us towards a global government through fear, corruption and indoctrination. The only way to stop the destruction of our country is to elect candidates that are true to the American First agenda.

As we are witnessing local news stations releasing early voter results, do not let this deter you from voting! It is vital that you get out and vote August 2nd! This is the most important election of our life time!

Romans 8:31;

If God is for us, then who can be against us?

Psalm 124:2;

“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us,


Michelle Hazekamp is a Muskegon County business owner and a candidate for Muskegon County Commissioner for district 3. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a bachelorette in Science and a minor in History.


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