LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Lauderdale served the nation
October 2, 2012 · Updated 2:25 PM
To the editor:
I am an independent. I am frankly appalled that a thinking American would vote solely based on a “R” or “D” after a name on a ballot. I approach voting like hiring an employee; read the resume, education, job experience, policies and past job performance.
This election I am supporting Jeff Lauderdale for county commissioner. I want to expand on Jeff’s military service which I think many wash over. Among the many things Jeff did in the Navy, he served as the executive officer on a ballistic missile submarine. He performed 17 patrols, each 70 to 90 days. That’s over four years underwater and out of touch. Operating a nuclear reactor deep under crushing water pressure and being responsible for more explosive power than mankind has released in our entire history. The Navy only gives this responsibility to the very best (thank God!).
Beyond his submarine experience, he also was the head the Trident Submarine Section under the Chief of Naval Operations where he coordinated planning, budget, dealt with budget shortfalls and was responsible for a $21 billion, six year program. This is the experience we need in Island County.
Jeff’s education, experiences, responsibilities, history of service for his country and broad experience far exceed his locally grown opposition. This is America, where I hope we look beyond race, creed, gender or political party and value the individual and his or her accomplishments and what they bring to the table to work for us. First, we are all Americans.