Better choices for Island County Commissioner than Lauderdale
July 27, 2012 · Updated 3:38 PM
At the commissioners’ debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters in Freeland, there was an unstated presence of an Island County commissioner who is not running for re-election, Kelly Emerson. She has been asked to leave office. She hasn’t and probably will not. Still let’s hope that she will be a one-term Island County commissioner.
However, her counselor, Jeff Lauderdale, is running for Island County commissioner, District 1. He states that he is his own person. Listening to his response to questions asked, he and Kelly Emerson appear to be of the same mindset. Lauderdale does not even need to be a one-term commissioner. We should be considering Ed Jenkins, Curt Gordon, Helen Price Johnson and Wayne N. Morrison to be the top two in the 2012 general election.
My vote will be for Helen Price Johnson. Her efforts to meet the needs of Island County have been in the right direction and that has not been easy. Her return to the office of commissioner, District 1 is to the advantage of Island County. We may be a county divided geographically but let’s not let it be divisive in meeting the needs of Island County.