The first criteria I have always used to help me determine who to vote for in a local election is the candidate's record of community service. In the Port Commission race between Mike Fredrickson and Barlow Corkrum there appears to be a stark contrast between candidates.
I noted that Mike Fredrickson has served several terms on the Walla Walla County Planning Commission, including several years as chairman. This is a thankless voluntary position, yet so important in helping plan for Walla Walla's future.
Mike is also a board member of the Walla Walla Sustainability Living Center. Mike believes in creating a more sustainable community and is a very active member.
He is also a leader on the Community Task Force working to retain jobs at the Washington State Penitentiary. Mike's record of community service was no doubt helpful when Gov. Chris Gregoire recently appointed him to serve on a statewide, blue ribbon transportation committee.
I have recently read Barlow Corkrum's campaign brochure and cannot find a single reference to his community service activities. If his campaign brochure is accurate, it certainly represents a missed opportunity to help lead us in the Walla Walla Valley.
In my view, the citizens of Walla Walla County are best served by candidates who have a solid record of community service and Commissioner Mike Fredrickson will be my choice Port commissioner.