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Editorial: Palmer for Island County auditor
Oak Harbor City Councilman Jim Palmer took an unusual route to the general election ballot. Friends mounted a write-in campaign in the primary and he easily exceeded the required number of votes. That produced the oddity of two Republicans on the November ballot, as he is opposing appointed incumbent Sheilah Crider, herself a former Oak Harbor City Council member.
Crider had a rough start in her position, costing the public dollars when having to reprint two different publications on due to errors. Those problems seem to be behind her and she’s enthusiastic about the position. No doubt she could do an effective job if elected to a four-year term, but there’s a better choice.
Palmer is well known in the Oak Harbor business community from his early years with the advertising department of the Whidbey News-Times to his years as owner of two island Radio Shack stores, and eventual development into a certified business appraiser and consultant. He’s shown a life-long love of learning and improving himself and is well recognized as a business and budgeting authority. He has a keen eye for detail and deep regard for the value of a dollar, taxpayer or otherwise, and would be a terrific auditor. He would work hard in the position, rolling up his sleeves to help the staff as he takes charge. Combined with a pleasant, calming demeanor, Palmer would be a positive addition to Island County government.