Letters to the Editor

Clay offers needed skills

I’ve always liked and admired Bob Clay. He’s a great neighbor and caring community leader. Bob is a candidate for Coupeville Town Council, seeking another term.

One vital qualification for a council member is experience with finance and budgeting for an organization much more complex than a typical household or small business. Each councilor must be able to correlate Coupeville’s immediate and long-range needs with plans for paying for them, an insight that is developed through formal training and collaborative work with other councilors.

Another critical qualification is availability. In addition to participating in weekly council meetings, council members spend many hours on the town’s behalf, researching needs and opportunities, participating with other county, state, and federal groups to secure funds and support for Coupeville. In other words, being an effective councilor means being committed on a nearly full-time basis, often at some sacrifice.

Bob Clay’s professional background in the business community has given him a sound background in finance and budgeting, and he is a proven overseer of our town’s fiscal health. Bob devotes a lot of personal time to representing Coupeville on boards like Island Transit; in project planning and accomplishment, such as land use and recycling; and in attending workshops and training for local government officials. He is one of three county representatives serving on the special commission for ferry services. What a schedule he keeps for our town’s benefit!

Bob wants to continue on the council, to bring several major projects to fruition, including storm water drainage management and curbside recycling. To sum up, Bob Clay offers us the vital skills and qualities that have helped him lead our town and make it a wonderful place to live. He’s a proven performer. He is the better candidate for position 2.

Jill Usher

Coupeville

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