Opinion

There are two types of candidates

It is after much thought that I write this letter. Before the last election, I do not believe that I had ever written to a paper to endorse one candidate over another. During the last Council election, I did write such a letter of support. Shortly after the election, a citizen told me that I had no right as mayor to state my opinions or to write such a letter. I respectfully disagree with that individual's disapproval. First off, I am a taxpaying citizen and did not give up my equal rights when I took an oath of office. Second, as mayor I am expected to go to meetings and represent the opinions, goals and objectives of the city. These views are those of the executive and legislative branches, as well as those of citizens that have participated in the process of government. This is called democracy. Based on these principles, I want to express what I believe is the right kind of leadership for the future of the city. I have had many conversations with various citizens, plus attending numerous meetings with, and observing how, the current candidates operate on the council, boards and commissions, or I have had discussions with the candidates. Based on these valuable experiences, I feel the following candidates would best serve the needs of the citizens and the city as a whole: Position 1 - Colleen Johnson; Position 3 - Frank Lonergan; and Position 5 - Jay Rodne.

It is time to include representatives from all parts of the city. However, I believe these candidates are obligated to represent the citizens and not to push a private or personal agenda.

There are two types of folks that want to serve in government. There are those that have opinions and use misrepresented facts and scare tactics to get folks to believe their way is the right way, thus putting forth what they personally and solely think is the only way to govern - mistakenly believing they are representing the greater number of residents. Then there is the individual that while they may have their own ideas and opinions, listens to the majority of the citizens and responds by voting or making decisions based on what the majority wants - these are delegates. We need councilmembers that will unite and do the best job possible in prioritizing the growing needs of our community. I believe that the candidates I listed above will better serve the community by working for the citizens and putting forth what the majority desires - despite what their personal opinions are.

On Nov. 6th I am asking for your support for candidates Rodne, Johnson and Lonergan because I feel they will do the best job for all our citizens and strengthen our community. Thank you for casting your vote.


R. Fuzzy Fletcher

Mayor, city of Snoqualmie

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