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Editor,

An Open Letter to Island County Residents:

The ballots came out in the mail today, so primary election time is finally here.

I wish to make a comment and ask for support prior to you marking your choices on your ballot.

As it seems to be in any election cycle, there is always a great deal of misinformation put out about candidates, either by the media or opponents.

I want to ask that before you vote, you personally check the sources you are relying on to form an opinion.

What you read or hear is not always the entire truth.

A prime example is the “robo” call I received tonight from Anthony Wallace, Marc Hennemann’s campaign manager. He states I support tax increases and even backs up his claim by playing a recording of an answer I gave to a question at the Board of Island County Commissioners interviews.

The only problem with his claim, and the recording, is that it is not played in its entirety. The clip you hear is a partial answer, edited from my actual response to the question.

In the portion you hear played on the call, it appears I am advocating an increase in taxes. However, if you listen to the recording on the county’s website, you will hear me say that I would not support a tax increase unless all other avenues, including cuts elsewhere, were explored and exhausted, and then I would only support an increase if it were to be used for essential services.

So please, I urge you, vote responsibly. Do not take things at face value, as they are not always what they seem.

If you want to make a good decision in this primary election, check sources yourself, research who is whom and what their agendas truly are.

Then choose.

We only have one chance to get it right, so educate yourself.

I guess I could be deceitful myself in order to drum up votes.

However, my honor, self-respect, personal integrity and name are worth more to me than that.

I only ask that you make informed decisions, and we will see who comes out on top.

If you really look into backgrounds, personal qualifications and vested interest in the community, then I believe you will make the right choice and vote for Rick Hannold.

Rick Hannold

Republican candidate

Island County Commissioner District No. 3

Oak Harbor

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