Bacon is a hard worker who loves Island County

Editor,

It’s important for me as a citizen of Island County that we elect commissioners with vision, experience, and integrity. Aug. 4 is the primary election, and District 1 voters are faced with a number of choices.

For me, there is no question. My vote goes to Melanie Bacon.

First of all, Melanie has relevant experience.

As director of human resources for Island County for the last 10 years, Melanie has been immersed in Island County issues on a personal level. She has been in the trenches with all groups affected by Island County government. Of all candidates, she has the most first-hand experience.

And her performance has earned her the endorsement of outgoing Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.

Second, Melanie understands people. From long years as a single Mom, raising her two boys while working two jobs, to her life on Whidbey, Melanie has experienced life at its most difficult. She can empathize with people who are struggling under the weight of economic hardship.

At the same time as an entrepreneur and someone experienced at corporate life, she can appreciate the concerns of business owners as they grapple with the uncertainties in today’s environment.

Melanie loves Island County, its people, its beauty, and she has stated her vision for our future, promoting all lifestyles, preserving our island way of life, and ensuring a place for everyone regardless their background or economic circumstances. I admire her courage to layout this vision, as certainly it won’t be an easy task.

But with clear leadership we will be way ahead.

Most importantly, I want Island County citizens to know that Melanie is an honest, intelligent, hard worker who loves our Island County. Her balance of experience professionally and personally, combine to provide us a wise and level candidate, that surely earns my highest recommendation and my vote for Island County commissioner.

Billie Risa-Draves

Langley

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