Dear Citizens of Eastsound and Orcas Island: I have heard that there are those who have been critical of my tenure as mayor. Many have suggested that I am a “do nothing mayor,” that I have no “agenda,” that I have nothing to show for my year in office. These comments have been hurtful and are, of course, inaccurate.
First, let me point out that those politicians who are my role models, reside in Washington, D.C. and since they have done very little for the welfare of our nation, how can you expect me to follow a different path? Furthermore, there were some successes during my administration, i.e. we put into law that dog biting will no longer be allowed on the island, and although I campaigned long and hard to get universal health care for all quadripeds on Orcas Island, my attempts were defeated by those nefarious bipeds. And, although not confirmed, there was talk of a lobby supported by veterinarians who opposed such healthcare coverage because their reimbursement would be diminished. Where is their social conscience?
Well, for those who have not supported me and the hard work I’ve done, now is the time for you to take action. The opportunity now exists for you to support one (or more!) of the candidates for mayor. The campaign has begun, so please vote. Look for voting boxes at many of our local businesses or at the Farmers’ Market on the Village Green, or online at www.OICH.org. You can even use Pay-Pal. And remember to vote often and for as many candidates as you wish. Your votes not only will elect a new mayor, but will raise funds for Children’s House, a preschool early learning center. And finally, for those interested in my retirement, I will be writing a book about my experiences as mayor, and the value of early learning that provides the foundation for our children as they begin their life’s journey. Thank you.