State Rep. Ken Borton introduced a memorial resolution Wednesday to honor the life and legacy of former State Rep. John Gernaat. Gernaat, who passed away at age 84 last fall, served in the Michigan House from 1991 to 1999, representing the 102nd District.
“John was well-loved by many people and sought out ways to help others,” said Borton during a House floor speech Wednesday. “Well-known for his cheerfulness and friendliness, others appreciated his kind and caring demeanor. Folks remember his winning smile, which never failed to brighten their day. His positivity was contagious.”
Gernaat and his wife Karen were lifetime residents of McBain, MI. He was a Davenport College graduate who went on to become an agricultural loan officer and vice president at Chemical Bank. There, he was responsible for agricultural lending across Michigan.
“Farming was always important to John,” Borton said. “Up until the very end, you could still find him working on the family dairy farm. He represented the agricultural community in various capacities over the years, including serving on the House Agriculture Committee during his tenure in the Legislature. He also was very active in his community and was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by Farm Bureau.”
Gernaat is survived by his wife of 62 years, their four children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“The governor is like that friend who wants to catch up over a pricey dinner but conveniently leaves right before the bill comes. The steak and potatoes look good on the menu, but the cost makes it a lot harder to swallow. I hope the public recognizes the governor won’t be sitting at the dinner table next to us when it comes time to pay for all her proposals.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”
“It’s great to see MDOT recognize both the poor condition of the I-75 interchange in Gaylord and the growing congestion motorists see during tourism seasons,” Borton said. “This project is a great investment in our community. I’m really looking forward to using the new interchange myself.”