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Fossos is worth re-electing to fire board | Letters

I have known Jim Fossos for many years and regard his knowledge and skills to be exceptional as a South King Fire and Rescue fire commissioner. He has served our fire district very well. Having worked as a firefighter for 31 years, he understands the fire business. Jim has served our country as a Marine and has dedicated years of time and energy to civic boards and commissions, and he’s been an advocate for the citizens of South King as fire commissioner for over 17 years.

Maybe that’s why he was asked to serve on the board of the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union where he has served as chair and secretary. Usually organizations go after capable people who bring qualities that strengthen their organization. And that’s Jim. He has a vast array of talent.

So, when you need to decide on the right candidate to ensure the well-being of your fire department that it is run with the strongest leadership and best strategies, you can count on Jim Fossos.

Jim is someone who represents the home owners and businesses in Des Moines and Federal Way. That’s why it’s important to know who you are voting for.

Here’s what I found out about his opponent. Jerry Galland has had no public service. He ran for precinct committee officer in 2008 and was not elected. He ran for the state Legislature in 2010 and lost in the primary. He then applied for an open seat on the Lakehaven Utility District board of commissioners and was not seated. By the way, when he ran for the state Legislature, he received the lowest rating possible by the Municipal League of King County. They said he was not qualified.  Their definition of not qualified is “Doesn’t appear engaged, has a record that casts doubt on ability to be productive, hasn’t demonstrated ability to deal with responsibilities of office, has narrow focus, inflexible attitude or is otherwise troubling.” Wow! Whether you agree with the Municipal League or not, it sure makes you wonder about the qualifications of this guy.

Now, Galland wants to be a fire commissioner. We certainly don’t need someone with that track record in this important position. These are not the times to put inexperienced people in office. Tough times require experience and strong leadership.

I have confidence in Jim Fossos and trust him to make the right decisions regarding our emergency services. We can all rest assured he will be looking out for the best interests of this community.

Please join me in re-electing Jim Fossos.

David Myers, Federal Way



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