Time to change the tide and the council

I want to thank Jerry Cornfield for getting into print what is really going on in Snohomish County Council politics (Sunday’s Herald, “Wealth lopsided in county elections.”) Particularly telling was the quote from council member Jeff Sax who said, “The development community has prospered due to the effect of a lot of the actions of the council.” No kidding! The connection between the political campaign giving and the rate at which Sax, John Koster and Gary Nelson have changed many of the laws regarding permitting, land use and building that benefits no one other than their big-spending developer friends is appalling.

If Snohomish County voters really want to change the tide of this growth mess we’re in, they must get rid of Sax and Koster this election. It is imperative to stop this folly of people getting elected into office just to give one special interest everything it wants and ignore the rest of us who pay the elected officials’ outrageous wages.

Please vote for Dave Somers and Marian Harrison in the primary and again in the general election, and let’s bring back decency to our county government.

Bruce Barnbaum

Granite Falls

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