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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Price Johnson will represent us all

To the editor:

Helen Price Johnson is the best candidate to be the next county commissioner from the South Whidbey district. She will be the first woman commissioner in our county’s history.

We have a clear choice, and we need change in Coupeville. Ms. Price Johnson brings with her extensive, outstanding public service.

Unlike Mr. Bakke, Ms. Price Johnson actively engages constituents in making decisions. She brings a passion to protect and preserve our natural treasures and our sense of community. Her experiences and perspectives as a successful small business owner inform her actions. She earned more than 70 percent support from her local precincts in the primary election; those who know her record best strongly support her. She has earned community respect through her intelligent, transparent leadership of the South Whidbey School Board. Since entering the commissioner race, she has turned up at public meetings throughout the county. She does her homework, listens, and has a genuine interest in the issues important to our county’s future.

Mr. Bakke has failed to put the interests of the community above the interests of a few. This does not show leadership or sound judgment.

For example, Mr. Bakke demonstrates close ties to his mentor, Commissioner McDowell. When Mr. Bakke was the planning director, Commissioner McDowell and he wasted precious tax dollars on attorneys such as Keith Dearborn to fight state law and avoid doing the right thing to protect our beautiful islands. Additional tax dollars were spent on county attorneys to pursue these same battles.

Did these costly legal fights benefit our community? Instead, these resources could have been better used in our local economy to comply with state and federal laws and protect our islands. Mr. Bakke does not deserve our vote for another term (nor does Mr. McDowell).

Helen Price Johnson offers us a clear choice. She believes in responsive and transparent government and would seek to encourage greater citizen participation in decision-making. She will work on behalf of small businesses and farmers to keep their livelihoods viable.

And, on behalf of us all, she is committed to responsible growth and fiscal accountability without sacrificing the natural beauty of our islands.

We need change. We need commissioners who will foster reasonable growth while protecting our environment. We need commissioners who will use our resources wisely and who will enforce laws uniformly. We need commissioners who will represent the needs of the community. We need Helen Price Johnson, the clear choice of the South Whidbey community, as our commissioner. She will bring a fresh and effective voice to our county’s government.

Linda Ade Ridder


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