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Reasons to elect Galland to fire board | Letters

I am writing this letter to implore voters to vote for Jerry Galland for South King Fire and Rescue commissioner position 5.

There are many reasons for this. One reason is that last year he led the effort against Proposition 1 which, if passed, would have raised the property taxes of Federal Way residents by millions of dollars. This effort against Proposition 1 shows that one of Galland’s major concerns is the cost to Federal Way citizens when any recommendation or policy change by the board of fire commissioners has been considered. He also has attended the SKFR meetings on a regular basis, showing that he has dedicated himself to learning the way SKFR has been conducting business at the public expense.

In addition, he has been successful in making these meetings more open to the public, proving that he wants to bring more accountability to the board and the position he is seeking.

He is not a career public servant, whereas his opponent has been the incumbent for almost 18 years. Another reason to vote for Galland is that he is transparent in what he plans to do for the district if elected as fire commissioner. Anyone can go to his website at elect-jerry.net and read what his ideas are, which is not the case with his opponent, Jim Fossos.

In fact, after doing a Google search, I was unable to bring up a webpage of his opponent; you have to go directly to the SKFR website to get information of his opponent, which provides only biographical information at best and not what he plans to do if elected again.

Lastly, Galland will allow more public input at the board meetings, which shows he cares about the concerns of citizens more so than his opponent, whose only concern right now is getting re-elected for a fourth term.

In conclusion, Jerry Galland represents the change that is needed and will bring accountable government to the SKFR Board of Fire Commissioners.

Daniel Miller, Federal Way

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