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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Price Johnson represents positive change

To the editor:

I will be proud to cast my vote for Helen Price-Johnson for Island County Commissioner. I will be proud, because Helen is a passionate member of this community who, like me, grew up here and loves this place and its people more than anywhere else.

I moved to Whidbey Island with my family when I was in the third grade, and graduated high school nine years later having met friends who will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life. These are the people who make this place what it is, who make it such a strong and compassionate community.

Our eagerness to help our neighbors out with projects or tough times, wave at passers-by, and volunteer for our schools, churches and charities is something truly special. Over the years, we have time and time again been able to come together to do great things. And together with our strong leaders, we can use this mighty and unique resource, our community, to overcome the big challenges that affect us all.

Helen's collaborative leadership style will take this community strength and integrate it into our county's leadership. Not until everyone has a seat at the table will we be able to find the solutions that work. With her involvement in so many organizations, from the small business and builders community to the South Whidbey School Board to the Port of South Whidbey, Helen has many connections to our community and will be able to give everyone a voice.

It is not often that we're presented with an opportunity for such positive change in our county's approach to leadership. By voting for Helen, we'll be taking it.

We'll be putting our government behind our community strength, instead of against it.

We'll be taking a stand for responsible growth and the preservation of the natural beauty of the land we all love.

We'll be supporting our small businesses and farms, and electing a leader who knows what it's like to make payroll and pay taxes in tough times like these.

And we'll be electing someone who believes in transparency and consistency in leadership, who has demonstrated in her work on the South Whidbey School Board a willingness to ask the big questions and relentlessly find a way get positive results.

For me, this election isn't about taxes and promises that can't be kept. It's about this place we all love, and the people who make it. Growing up on Whidbey taught me how important it is to step up and give back to the community that made me, and it is this same philosophy that drives Helen in everything she does.

She will be an excellent county commissioner who will fight for our quality of life, manage reckless growth effectively, speak for our small-business owners and employees, and open the doors of county government to our community.

Helen is a leader we can all be proud of.

Bill Harper


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