Students from Hart and Pentwater Public Schools were invited to be part of the joint 2012 Lake and Oceana County Republicans bus trip to Lansing. Students were able to witness and experience firsthand the rights of the 1st Amendment in practice as their first sight upon reaching the capital building were of the hundreds of Union and Association members protesting. The students also were afforded the opportunity to meet with State Rep. Jon Bumstead (R) 100th District. Bumstead invited the students to the floor of the House of Representatives where he gave a short history on the building and gave the opportunity for students to have photos taken with him. Lunch was later provided by Bunstead, Sen. Darwin Booher (R), and Sen. Goeff Hansen (R), 34th District, in the Farnum Building. Hansen gave a speech on current issues facing Michigan and allowed students to ask him questions ranging from current budget issues to education topics.

The Lansing trip was limited to 60 students on a first come, first serve basis with teachers reporting that many more students wished they could have attended. However, for those that made the trip, it proved to be well worth the four-hour ride to the capital.

“The students were so well behaved and had such exciting questions,” said Joan Runnels, Chair of the Lake County Republicans, “they truly represent what is best in district and counties.”

The Oceana County Republicans meet the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. at Walker’s Fine Dining, 217 E. Main Street in Hart. The Lake County Republicans meet third Monday of the month.