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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Challenger’s letter was inaccurate, unfair
I feel a recent letter to the editor by my opponent in the South Whidbey Record distorts the truth for personal political gain rather than telling the whole story.
My opponent chose to pick a period in which there was a loss in the investment portfolio for Island County. While there was a fair market value loss, it was not for the amount she stated, which was exaggerated. Her statements were clearly a spin and not the whole truth. Investment values increase and decrease based on market conditions. It is the nature of investing. Knowledgeable investors are aware that when you purchase an investment, there are inherent risks involved, interest rate risk being but one.
The whole truth is that all investments I make meet the guidelines of the Island County investment policy. This policy sets the parameters under which funds are to be invested. All investments were and are suitable for the portfolio and earn a marketable rate of interest. Furthermore, the Island County commissioners trust, and rightly so, that every purchase made meets policy guidelines.
I was cautioned that this campaign could get “ugly.” My opponent not only chooses to get “ugly” but also to resort to half truths and innuendoes to sway voters. That appears to be her way.
The most important issue to me is trust. You can trust that your treasurer is telling you the whole truth. I have always been committed to that value. I did not choose to seek another term to toot my own horn. That is not who I am or who I choose to be. I seek another term because I know I have provided an environment wherein my staff and I have increased productivity via efficiencies created, decreased costs, provide exceptional customer service and are good stewards of Island County funds entrusted to us.
I love this job and I want to continue to serve this community. I humbly ask for your vote.
ANA MARÍA D NUÑEZ
Editor’s note: Ana María Nuñez is the incumbent Island County Treasurer.