I will be so glad when this election silly season is over, and the prevailing candidates can get back to doing the work of the people. After attending several candidate and issues forums (many conducted by the non-partisan League of Women Voters--Thank You!), visiting candidate websites, reading my Voters’ Guides (very helpful), and reading all the campaign literature mailed to me, I am ready to mark and mail my ballot.
As usual, it will be split between political parties. I urge ALL voters to do their due diligence, which goes well beyond looking for an R or a D and checking that box, regardless of candidate qualifications.
Apparently that happened in the county commissioner’s election two years ago, with less than beneficial results. We have three county commissioners, two of whom are up for re-election this year. Angie Homola and Helen Price-Johnson have both demonstrated competence, creativity and efficiency in managing our greatly dimished county budget during extremely challenging times, and have earned a vote of confidence to continue in office.
They are up to speed on all issues of county government, including budgets, state and county regulations, environmental issues, shorelines, water protection, and growth management.
In my opinion, removing either of them just for the sake of “change” could be extremely detrimental to the future functioning of our county.
My mailbox has been stuffed for months with “hit pieces” against Mary Margaret Haugen, funded by PACs from off-island and out of the 10th district.
I have not received any hit pieces against Ms Bailey. Instead, Sen. Haugen’s mailings have discussed her own Record in Olympia. Nothing in the Bailey literature has addressed her accomplishments during 10 years in the state Legislature. Perhaps because there aren’t any? I am aware of one. I think the bill passed...
Thanks to Barbara Bailey, coffee is now the official drink of the state of Washington. Thanks to Mary Margaret Haugen, we have, once again, functioning ferry service to Whidbey Island, provided on boats built substantially on Whidbey Island, by a Whidbey Island work force earning good, family-supporting wages.
Sen. Haugen will continue her practice of looking after the economic needs of her district, and the entire state. She has earned re-election.