The following letter was sent to Royal Oak Patch by former Royal Oak City Commissioner Ilene Lanfear:
I believe the right choice for Judge of the 44th District Court in the November election is Derek Meinecke.
As a 50 year resident of the City of Royal Oak and former City Commissioner, I have had the opportunity to know many fine people who have served our City and our community well. Certainly one of the finest I have had the chance to meet and work with is Derek Meinecke. Among his many involvements and accomplishments is his work with The Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County. Derek and I serve on the Board of Trustees and I know Derek to be a strong contributor to the success of the Club’s activities. But that is only one facet of Derek’s community service. Among other things, he coaches our young boys in football, always giving freely of his time in the interests of our youth.
Derek is a person of experience, integrity, diligence and dedication. His supporters are from all walks of life, including community leaders, judges, attorneys, police and fire unions, and the many, many Royal Oak citizens he has met going door-to-door over the last several months to spread his message. His many accolades and awards are a testament to his dedication to helping the most vulnerable in our community.
Judge Daniel Sawicki is retiring after 30 years on the bench. He, too, has endorsed Derek’s candidacy.
Over the years, Royal Oak has developed an outstanding reputation for having a strong court because we have made the right choice when faced with the question of whom to choose to serve as Judge. You now have a chance to continue that legacy in this election. Derek Meinecke is uniquely qualified to be our next 44th District Court Judge and I urge you to join me in voting for him on Nov. 6.