I strongly disagree with The Herald’s endorsement of Marysville City Council candidate Cindy Gobel.
A Herald article of Oct. 30, 2019 quoted then-Auditor Carolyn Weikel as saying Gobel had made dubious claims about her experience in the Auditor’s Department, and that she had not demonstrated leadership temperament. A letter of Nov. 2, 2019 from Chief Deputy Auditor Connie Barndt strongly refuted Ms. Gobel’s claims.
At a pre-primary candidate forum, Gobel expressed “shock” at 300-plus homeless kids in the Marysville School District, saying social services in the city needed to be strengthened. Gobel says she is an Marysville School district advisory committee member since 2019; strange she had no prior knowledge of such problems. If Marysville taxpayers could not afford much-needed pre-covid school capital improvements, then they certainly cannot now afford more taxes for any purpose.
Our seven council members, including incumbent Jeffrey Vaughan, have common exemplary values; they work well together under the leadership of Council President Kamille Norton; they find ways and means to get things done without increasing taxation; they are dedicated public servants, quietly taking care of matters without self-promotion.