County auditor: Gobel upfront about her politics

Growing up in a conservative family and being the only member who doesn’t fall in line with that party’s typical beliefs has left me the odd man out at most family gatherings.

But the one thing we all agree on is that Cindy Gobel should be our next Snohomish County Auditor.

We are well aware the position is nonpartisan, but that doesn’t mean the person holding office is. It’s important to my family that the person elected be one of honor and integrity. We asked both candidates: “What political party are you affiliated with?”

Gobel was honest and forth coming. Her opponent, Garth Fell, was not. I was disappointed by his response but given his track record in King County I’m not surprised.

Gobel’s an active member in the Democratic Party but explains that her 14 years of working in a nonpartisan office is how she conducts herself as a leader. Noting that while the position is nonpartisan, she herself is entitled to her own opinions outside of the office. Something I’m sure we can all agree on. But when in office a nonpartisan roll means to follow the law and implement it.

In her response to my question she included a podcast that highlights how to work in a nonpartisan office in a partisan world. Gobel was helpful and chock-full of information. Combine that with her education, law degree and all the years of experience; and my Republican heavy family is throwing our support behind Gobel.

Steven Albro


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