I believe one of the Port of Walla Walla's primary missions is to attract new investments to the Walla Walla Valley. Not an easy task. If you are a Port commissioner asking a business or individual to invest in the Walla Walla Valley, would you not expect that Port commissioner to have led by example and be directly invested in Walla Walla's future?
According to Port Commission candidate Barlow Corkrum in a recent radio interview, he has elected not to invest his money in Walla Walla. His exact quote was "I have no real estate responsibilities in Washington state. All my investments are in South Carolina." Apparently he has found South Carolina as a good place to invest his money.
By contrast, Port Commissioner Mike Fredrickson does not own any real estate in South Carolina. He does own several properties in the Walla Walla Valley, however.
Would it not make sense to re-elect a Port commissioner who owns real estate in the Walla Walla Valley than to elect someone who believes South Carolina is the best place for his investments.
The choice is clear, Mike Fredrickson is invested in Walla Walla's future. He is an owner of a local small business. He has been an effective Port commissioner.
During his term, substantial progress has been made in four-laning U.S. Highway 12. The Port is also helping small start-up businesses through the Port's wine incubator program. Mike has a positive track record involving himself in community volunteer activities in the Valley.
Please join me in voting for Mike Fredrickson for re-election to the Port of Walla Walla Commission. He in invested in Walla Walla's future, Mr. Corkrum has elected to invest in South Carolina.