I am writing this letter in support of Mike Fredrickson for re-election to the Port of Walla Walla.
I served with Mike on the Walla Walla County Planning Commission. I was impressed with his knowledge of the area and his concern for the citizens of this county.
When he addressed issues that came before the Planning Commission his comments showed he had carefully researched the item and his work experience provided invaluable insight for the Commission. His solutions reflected sound judgment and concern for those involved.
Mike's opponent subscribes to the need for change in the Port District and goes about it through public criticism. My experience has been that board members who are antagonistic and seek change through public criticism don't make good board members.
There are other ways to create change that don't involve disruption.
Since Mike has been a Commission member, the Port District has published minutes on its website for each meeting. Another change closer to our pocketbook has been a reduction in the Port's levy from $.44 per $1,000 to the current levy of $.375 per $1,000 of assessed. Meeting times include both day and evening meetings to better accommodate the public.
Meetings have been held at various locations in the county to accommodate people living in the different areas. Among many other activities, the Port has been actively involved in retention of the VA hospital, encouraged the changes to U.S. Highway 12, and is working to retain employment at the Washington State Penitentiary.
I would like to see the Port District continue work to insure that existing businesses stay in Walla Walla County and that potential new businesses consider Walla Walla County as a good place to conduct their activities. In these troubled economic times you can bet other communities are trying hard to encourage business development in their areas and we need to meet those challenges.
Our Port District has a big job ahead to retain and recruit good business and it needs a good commissioner to do that job. Mike Fredrickson fills those needs. I plan to vote for Mike in the upcoming election for these reasons.