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Fossos, Thompson for South King Fire commissioner | Editorial
For South King Fire and Rescue commissioner, The Mirror endorses Mark Thompson for position 4 and James Fossos for position 5. In regards to experience, knowledge of the fire department, and the ability to understand the issues facing the men and women in the trenches, Fossos and Thompson are hands down the better candidates.
However, it is worth questioning whether the South King Fire commissioners bring enough objectivity to balance their advocacy for firefighters and the community they serve.
Commissioners have a duty to provide the public with the best emergency response services possible. However, with 97 percent of South King Fire’s calls being non-fire emergencies, the public deserves more scrutiny of fire district expenditures in these tight economic times.
Fossos’ challenger, Jerry Galland, is among the few community activists willing to challenge this sacred cow. Admittedly, Galland walks the line between instigator and problem solver. At the very least, Galland raises the issue of whether the board needs candidates who bring more objectivity, especially with taxpayer dollars at stake. That is truly in the public’s best interest. If Galland wants to bring more checks and balances, he will be more effective as a private citizen outside the board — rather than joining a clique that treats him like a goldfish in a shark tank.
Fossos and Thompson deserve applause for their lifelong dedication to fighting fires and saving lives. Their passion is unmatched, and they are solid choices in this election.
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