Letters to the Editor

Please retain Dean | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

In your article, “Big differences in commissioner race” (South Whidbey Record, Oct. 6), both candidates speak clearly to why every registered voter in Island County should vote for John Dean.

Regarding public health and quality-of-life: Following a detailed discussion of scientific evidence indicating pollution, Mr. Dean says we cannot “ignore the very real problems with our water quality and availability. I’m willing to put my political career on the line over it.”

His opponent reportedly says she simply doesn’t believe the county’s data about water pollution.

As for the county’s current budget crisis and plans for our financial future: Commissioner Dean is deeply involved in public budget discussions, studying alternatives and developing workable solutions.

His opponent reportedly admits she hasn’t studied the budget and has no proposals of her own that would help with the financial crisis. “I’m not being paid to do that yet,” she said.

At a time like this, we should choose a leader who is actually fully aware of the facts, and prepared to offer real solutions now — whether they’re “being paid to do that” or not.

We have a choice between John Dean, a dedicated leader who has known Island County and served our community for three decades, or a Tea Party activist who has made relatively little contribution to our county’s future in the three years she’s lived here.

Compare the alternatives. Re-elect John Dean.

Hal Seligson

Langley

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