Police Association endorses Tolbert

  • Monday, October 24, 2011 3:12pm
  • Opinion

The Arlington Police Officer’s Association has voted to endorse Barb Tolbert’s candidacy for the position of mayor in the city of Arlington. Our association has never before endorsed a political candidate for a local city office. We have chosen to support Barb because our city needs the kind of forward-thinking, strong leadership that Barb uniquely brings to the table.

Barb has the business and community service experience that Arlington desperately needs in a mayor to guide the city through the economic challenges facing many cities around the state. Barb will bring a long-range vision to City Hall with new and creative ideas. Barb not only chairs the Arlington Fly-in, now the third largest event of its kind, she had served on the Arlington Economic Development Committee and recently chaired YES on EMS, a successful campaign to solidify emergency medical services in Arlington. She has been active in the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation.

Barb is the one mayoral candidate to truly investigate the issues facing Arlington, particularly in the Arlington Police Department. Barb has been a citizen rider with officers on duty and educated herself about what officers do and how they do it. Barb understands the city’s budget and how it works. She would bring a long-range vision to city hall. “Everything has changed,” because of the flat revenue picture, she said, and “a paradigm shift is needed.”

For these reasons and many others, Barb Tolbert has earned the endorsement of the Arlington Police Officer’s Association. We are looking forward to the new vision, fresh ideas and revived energy Barb will bring to the office of mayor.

Lisa Wojciechowicz
Patrol Officer
APOA Legislative Committee Co-Chair

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