As the election draws near, Oak Harbor is once again inundated with a forest of yard signs.
Hoping to influence voters with a slogan or catchy phrase, candidates have covered our city with the usual political graffiti.
I was particularly struck by the number of signs in support of council candidates Crawford/Mack.
Since there is clearly a good deal of funding involved, I thought it might be useful to discover its source.
As a result of campaign disclosure laws in Washington state, this is easily done, with financial information readily available at the website of the Public Disclosure Commission.
I was concerned to discover that the number one contributor to both the Crawford and Mack campaigns is Nevada-based Tri-son Investment Corp., the real estate development firm run by Scott Thompson (Wright’s Crossing).
While there is nothing untoward about these political contributions, they do raise a number of questions.
First, do we really want an out-of-state investment firm buying influence of our local city council?
Secondly, do we want Las Vegas-style development blighting our fair city?
I know my answer to both of these questions.
Dr. Bernd Fischer