Letter: Bacon ideal candidate for diversity of Island County

Editor,

I support Melanie Bacon for Island County commissioner, District 1.

Melanie’s experience managing human resources for Island County and working closely with our county commissioners places her in an excellent position to evaluate, understand and administrate policy for Island County.

Our economy is as diverse as our population and demands a candidate equipped with experience in managing the needs of Island County.

Island County boasts a very diverse population. Melanie is running as a candidate embracing inclusiveness and will be inclusive to govern.

As director of human resources for Island County Melanie has created a much more diverse workforce and the county continues to attract women, people of color and other diverse community members.

Bacon’s county profile reads, “she creates opportunities to generate mutually supportive and collaborative relationships.” She is “an advocate for harmony, trust and fairness and encourages others accordingly.”

She will work cooperatively with all residents of Island County to maintain our well being. Problems facing Island County are echoed throughout the Pacific Northwest and the entire country: economic stress, environmental concerns, affordable housing, affordable healthcare, small business support and education of our young people in these trying times.

Candidates who think globally and act locally are needed and appreciated.

Melanie Bacon’s experience makes her an ideal candidate for the diversity of our unique county.

Her work experience includes Army intelligence officer, leader in the National Organization of Women, prison chaplain, founding member of an educational endowment foundation, board member for a domestic violence shelter and former chairperson of a planning commission and zoning board responsible for long-range planning in Island County.

As an immigrant brought to this country in the 1950s and receiving my citizenship a few years later, candidates without prejudice are particularly important for me.

I am also a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy.

I’ve lived all over the world, calling Whidbey Island my home for 20 years.

Melanie Bacon’s sense of fair play and openness to all people impresses me as the vision we need to keep Island County as special and open as it has always been.

Kay Parsons

Oak Harbor

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: What value is our freedom, citizenship, if unprotected?

Editor, Back in the 1970s, in a border state where party registration… Continue reading

Letter: Programs not socialism, won’t lead to serfdom

Editor, I read many letters warning about the dangers of socialism. It… Continue reading

Letter: Paris Accord is a dismal failure that gives false hope

Editor, I enjoyed reading Robert Boenish’s letter to the editor where Bob… Continue reading

Letter: Libaries are using funding wisely during difficult time

Editor, I will leave it to others to respond to Kurt Vieke… Continue reading

Letter: Electromagnetic radiation has hidden health hazards

Editor, Having tuned into the Langley City Council meeting on Nov. 16… Continue reading

Letter: Greenbank Farm needs your support for maintenance, open spaces

Editor, Our island is extremely fortunate to have the Greenbank Farm open… Continue reading

Letter: Updates to the state Growth Management Act needed

Editor, It’s the time of the year when we consider what we’re… Continue reading

Letter: Hold the criticism of Biden till he has had time to do job

Editor, All politicians have something in common — they like the spotlight… Continue reading

Letter: Biden should rehire fired director of Cybersecurity, Infrastructure

Editor, Add the name of Chris Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and… Continue reading

Most Read