To the editor:
There seem to be a lot of reasons that drive people to run for political office. Sadly these reasons often do not include any concern for the general well-being of Island County and its residents or, in some cases, any understanding of the responsibilities of the office for which they are running. Some candidates run so they can represent the interests of a few supporters who have a personal agenda they want implemented. Some candidates run because they like the attention. Some candidates run because they love creating chaos out of order.
Yet sometimes a candidate shows up who truly wishes to serve the best interests of Island County; A candidate who doesn’t have a personal agenda: A candidate who will review and analyze each issue and proposal to determine its value to all of Island County, not just a few special interests; a candidate who has proven herself a capable and conscientious manager and leader right here in Island County.
That candidate is Helen Price Johnson and she has been a truly dedicated and tireless public servant within the highest definition of the term. She worked many years on the South Whidbey School Board bringing reason and logic to an oft times difficult and adversarial environment. She has served Island County as a commissioner for the past four years, representing all the people not just some of the special interests. She has managed to reduce the county’s operating expenses within the current financial limitations and has made the tough decisions necessary to protect our critical water supplies. She has shown herself to be a leader in tough times and to be able to make the tough decisions. And like many of the rest of us, she also has raised a family, nurtured a marriage and managed a business, again, here in Island County. I urge all my neighbors and fellow community members to follow me in re-electing her to county commissioner, District 1. Island County needs people like Helen Price Johnson.