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Transgender woman running for township supervisor in Sparta

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SPARTA, Mich. (AP) — A transgender woman is running for township supervisor in a rural community north of Grand Rapids.

Gidget Groendyk was the first person to get on the ballot for the township supervisor race in Sparta. The Grand Rapids Press reports that the ballot will note that Groendyk was formerly known as Scott Wade Langford.

Groendyk says she’s running because she wants the township to enact a non-discrimination ordinance with protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

State law doesn’t provide housing or employment protections for LGBT residents, but some municipalities have passed ordinances regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation.

April 19 is the deadline to get on the ballot for the August primary elections.

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    Groendyk says she’s running because she wants the township to enact a non-discrimination ordinance with protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.”

    Ok, but that is not the function of a township supervisor. The job is supervising the township.
    Is the candidate qualified for the accrual job requirements beyond activism.
    THAT is the question that matters.

  • The Voice of Reason

    This person is a man who is struggling with a mental condition called gender dysphoria. It is an identity disorder, and is listed as such in the DSM-V. This condition, simplistically put, causes the person who has it to essentially have the mind of one gender and the body of the other. While this condition does not in and of itself affect a person’s judgment such that it would interfere with normal day to day living, including serving in public office, the prolonged exposure to the associated social attitudes and stigma which accompany this condition are such that many people who have gender dysphoria experience severe identity-related personality disorders as well. These attending disorders can, and frequently do, exhibit symptoms which would negatively affect one’s ability to function normally in life as well as one’s judgment and perception of reality.

    I do not know this individual personally. I can not speak to his mental state beyond what I can derive from this article. What I do know is that this person is a male with a very challenging personal life which requires far more attention and care than a normal person’s life would require. Does that exclude him from being a legitimate candidate? Not necessarily. If he identified his gender as female on the application it would be election fraud, and that certainly would disqualify him. But ultimately it is the people of Sparta who are going to have to determine whether they think that Scott’s issues are such that they would interfere with the faithful execution of his duties. That is in many ways impossible to know ahead of time, but it has a lot to do with what kind of community Sparta is and what kind of political situation it is in right now. It may be that the position is currently in turmoil and would place an incredible psychological demand on the electee. It may be that the position is the opposite…one of relative calm and low demand. Again, the people of Sparta would certianly know this better than I. What is certain however is that to automatically disqualify Scott based on his having a recognized psychological disorder without understanding it and how it affects his ability to do the job is unfair.

  • Need someone else

    I hope we have more than just Mr. Langford/Groendyk and the current town clown. Sparta needs some real leadership in the Township Supervisory role. The town has suffered from a lack of leadership for years and so sad to watch people not care, or not realize how poorly run the township has been. I wish the people of the township would take a vested interested and find a real leader.

  • Shiloh's Mom

    Ugliest effin’ “woman” I’ve ever seen in my life. What a complete joke. REALLY????? REALLLY???? This is just man in drag, nothing more. Are we supposed to believe this is real or normal in any way??

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