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Celski's family and leadership skills | Letters

This letter is written as an endorsement for Bob Celski as a Federal Way City Council member. I have known Bob for about 17 years and over this time, Bob has played many different roles in my life. He has been a teammate, a mentor and, most importantly, a friend.

I first met Bob through our mutual passion of speedskating. I believe I was only 11 years old at the time when Bob and his three sons Chris, David and J.R. joined the Pattison’s West speed skating team in Federal Way. All of them had an eagerness to learn, including now Olympic short track medalist J.R., who was only 5 years old at the time. With the support of Bob’s wife, Sue, who attended every single practice, the group of boys got pretty dang good at speedskating. In fact, Bob and J.R. actually won national championships in the same year in their age division, something to my knowledge has never been done by father and son in our sport.

Throughout the years, my relationship with the Celski family has grown to the point where I consider them extended family. Sue was always there to support me and give me a hug when needed, and Bob was always there to help guide me. I have had the pleasure of watching Bob and Sue raise three amazing young men whom I consider to be some of my best friends.

The primary reason for this letter is I feel there is no one better than Bob Celski to help assist in the decisions of our city. If you want proof on his leadership skills, look at his family. Bob has a successful marriage that is going on now for close to 30 years. His oldest son Chris was willing to sacrifice his early 20s to move to California to support the youngest, J.R., in achieving his Olympic dream, and the middle son David is a captain in the military. Now that Bob’s children are all young men, he is looking for more ways to contribute, and what better way than starting in the city you have lived in for 39 years.

Miguel Jose, Federal Way


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