During the primary, I challenged controversially appointed incumbent Nate Nehring. As a Republican, I now endorse Democrat Ray Miller. The reason is simple: Everyone agrees the opioid epidemic is out of control and we need meaningful leadership now. In fact, both Councilman Nehring and challenger Ray Miller stated at the Marysville Rotary Club the opioid epidemic is their top priority. Clearly, they chose the drug epidemic as the defining issue in this election. I am convinced they’re right.
They encourage us to ask: Which candidate is best suited to lead our county to triumph over the drug epidemic? If incumbent Nehring answered honestly, he would answer Ray Miller. Councilman Nehring mentioned his concern regarding the extensive overall societal cost of the opioid epidemic, but openly expressed being stumped by addicts who do not want or accept treatment, and who are unwilling to change.
Alternatively, as a clinical therapist and chemical dependency counselor, Ray Miller understands no drug addict wants their addiction and knows denying treatment is the first step to accepting treatment. While Nate is concerned about the epidemic’s cost and symbolic legislation, Ray has a record transitioning those costs into law-abiding, healthy and taxpaying citizens — literally saving lives from drug addiction and restoring addicts to contributing members of society.
Snohomish County needs to reverse this crisis while we still have time, and Ray Miller has the exact skills we need. Save Snohomish County. Vote Ray Miller.