Monday, March 4, 2024

Letters to the Editor

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Supporting Jeff Johnson

On November 7th, an important Cashmere City Council position is up for grabs. One candidate, Jeff Johnson, is exceptional and worth considering. Jeff has his Master’s in Business Administration from EWU. He’s employed at the Douglas County PUD as a supervisor for the power planning department. He forecasts district loads and surplus power, helps with budgeting and analysis, and writes contracts. Jeff served on the Planning Commission in East Wenatchee until he relocated to Cashmere with his family.

Public servants are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that justifies the confidence placed in them by the people, maintaining integrity and discharging the high responsibilities of public service ethically.

Jeff’s opponent, Councilor Pratt, has demonstrated inappropriate, condescending, and threatening behavior toward individuals who are civically engaged. I attended a crowded City Council public hearing on 03/13/2023. During the public comment period, Councilor Pratt rudely interrupted the public speaker and was confrontational and aggressive. Mayor Fletcher admonished him, saying that his behavior did not belong in the City chambers. The outburst was witnessed by attendees, and his unprofessional behavior reflected poorly on ALL the Councilors.

A vote for Jeff Johnson sends the message that decorum in public office does matter. Jeff embodies the qualities of a City Council member. Unlike his opponent, Jeff has good interpersonal skills, is a good listener, is ethical, and has an approachable demeanor. I urge you to vote for a better Cashmere. Vote for Jeff Johnson for Cashmere City Council!

Gina Quinn, Cashmere

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