I wasn’t surprised to learn the U-B’s endorsement of Jim Johnson, Perry Dozier and Maureen Walsh. After all, the U-B rarely endorses anyone other than the incumbent.
But I continue to be disappointed with the U-B’s lack of fairness or actual reporting of the candidates’ strengths. The U-B indicated that Walsh’s opponent, Mary Ruth Edwards, had “no public service,” yet she is a public school teacher and served this country as a Marine.
The U-B criticized Mark Spinks for wanting to micromanage the budget, yet couldn’t have the arrest of former Undersheriff Carole Lepiane been avoided had the commissioners spent a little more time examining the budget and noticed that money was disappearing right before their eyes?
The U-B then acknowledged it will be getting a “full-time” commissioner with Johnson and completely disregarded that it will be getting that with Spinks and Chris Blackman. Rather, they point out that Blackman’s claim against Dozier is “misleading and unfair.” No it’s not.
It’s absolutely true. Dozier spends more time at home and with his farm than he does as a county commissioner. Those who serve on committees know that to be a very true statement.
The U-B has misled the people of Walla Walla County. Maybe this is its way to encourage readership in this “hot” race.
Maybe it doesn’t want to lose business with Dozier in his spending of thousands of dollars on advertising.
Don’t be fooled. Be an informed voter and let your vote be heard.