Blackman need not wait to seek office

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I am amazed at the letter to the editor that appeared in the July 30 Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. The double standard for women in politics, or any industry, is alive and well in Walla Walla.

No, Chris Blackman should not wait until her husband retires. Why would any woman put her career on hold for her husband? That is a personal decision some families make, but in this case, it is totally antiquated and ridiculous.

There is simply no evidence to suggest that Chris' motives for running for county commissioner are anything more than she believes her background in education and public service is a better fit for the position. It has nothing to do with her husband working at the Sheriff's Office.

Yes, the commissioners do oversee Walla Walla's law and justice budget, but this position does not make any sole decisions for any of the different department's finances that it oversees.

Long before she met her husband, Chris worked hard to ensure that Walla Walla's children were safe, our families well and the offenders behind bars. Her belief in "public safety" comes from her background working with Child Protective Services, as a county designated mental health professional and therapist for victims of domestic violence and rape.

As an educator, she continues to see the effects crime and violence have on our society and she believes that her qualifications and experiences give her a unique perspective -- one that no other county commissioner or candidate has.

Don't be fooled by people who write letters about people they don't know. It appears her opponents may be grasping at straws. Chris is an independent thinker who will be open-minded and consider all sides of an issue before making a decision. Even on tough issues. There is nothing questionable about her. She is a highly effective and credible person.

I have lived in the Walla Walla Valley all of my life until last year. I understand the needs of the community. That is why I am actively supporting Chris' campaign by being her committee treasurer.

We have been friends for over 20 years and I do believe she is the best person for the job. I encourage you to vote for her for Walla Walla County Commissioner District 2.

Tammy Goff

Lee's Summit, Mo.

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