A candidate for the people

It seems this political season has cheers, fears, and anxiety in spades, but at the local level, things are looking up. We have a truly exceptional candidate running to represent us in the Washington state Senate — former Island County Commissioner Angie Homola.

I’ve followed her political aspirations for a decade and can assure you, she is the real deal. Angie’s a unique community leader willing to fight for “good” government. Her website name (angieforpeople.com) clearly indicates why’s she running.

Angie gives the attention to government that the rest of us give to our families, using meticulous research to reach informed decisions based on logic and facts, not questionable partisan objectives. The result is long-term public benefit, like education, fair and equal wages, middle class support, proactive response to climate change, not commercializing state parks and preserving our environmental assets.

As a county commissioner during the big recession, Angie’s diligence before making difficult decisions reduced general fund expenses by a whopping 20 percent while improving transparency and services, earning the county an AA bond rating.

Angie’s a candidate for the people. In contrast, incumbent Barbara Bailey has collected more than $1 million from partisan interest groups, such as the infamous Koch brothers. Small wonder my numerous pleas and comment to Bailey over the years have failed to elicit even a polite acknowledgement, let alone any noticeable action. Is this representation?

We deserve proven, passionate and energetic representation in our 10th legislative district. Let some sunshine in, check out that website above and join me in getting a tenacious fighter in our corner, working for people and place, not big corporations.

Dean Enell

South Whidbey Island

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