If you’re running a business or selling a house, the value is in location, location, location.

If you’re a county commissioner, the value lies in experience, experience, experience. And that’s what we have in Island County Commissioner Angie Homola.

Four tough years of developing a deep understanding of what it takes to run a county, developing its budget in the face of severely declining revenues, balancing the hard decisions among operating levels for all county services in a responsible way, developing transparency in county operations in a way never before accomplished and being fully accountable for the outcomes is what we need in our county commissioners. Commissioner Homola brings this and more hard-earned and demonstrated experience to her job.

Being an effective commissioner is not a nine-to-five job either. It’s a 24/7/365 job and requires all the experience and hard work that Angie brings to it. It’s also not a place for on-the-job training. There is simply no substitute for spending the time it takes to build the experience necessary to do the job right, and we have that with Angie.

These are the characteristics I want in my county commissioners. While the economy is slowly beginning its recovery, the next few years are going to continue to be difficult when balancing revenues and revenue restraints against the services expected by all of us. Living with these constraints while continuing to provide balanced services will require all of the experience that can be brought to bear. Angie has that hard-won experience, and we need to keep her on the job.

Please join me in voting for Angie Homola for Island County commissioner, District 2. She has the experience to get the job done right.

Bill Thorn

Camano Island

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