For the last 8 years, I have been a constant fixture at city council meetings. As such, I have an institutional knowledge that my opponent does not possess. I have been the chair of the Planning Advisory Board, and worked closely with city staff in that position. I spent 3 years as the volunteer Information Technology Manager for the city, upgrading and maintaining the city’s technology infrastructure, and continue to do so when requested. I have spent the last three years as a contributing member of the Island County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, where we have worked to identify the problems in our community, and learned what actions our law enforcement teams and our treatment teams are undertaking to attempt to eradicate this disease from our community.
My opponent does not have this level of experience, and we need council members who know what is going on in the city, have good relationships with the city staff, and show a willingness to reach out to other civic leaders to address issues.