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We can do better in the mayor's office | Election letters

The dictionary describes the word judgment as "the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion."

Is it good judgement for the mayor of our city to have a fit of frustration with a member of the city council, all because he was upset that the deputy mayor decided to run for his position?

Jim Ferrell is the one who spearheaded getting the office of the mayor on the ballot. Skip Priest said he wasn't in his "Cary Grant mode" he normally is in with his staff; I was not aware that a council member was his staff.

Is it good judgement for the mayor of our city to basically break into a city facility in the late hours of the evening to retrieve property that was confiscated because it was not being displayed by a standard that was passed at the same table that he sits at?

Well Federal Way, that is what our current Mayor Skip Priest has done twice this past year. The mayor is not above the law or the policies his city has passed as ordinances. Whether these were lapses in judgment, they are very troubling. What else has our mayor done that has been kept out of our attention and the media's attention?

We need someone in the mayor's office who can make good judgment. Someone who is there to serve the people of the community and not a select few or major corporations that have run off Federal Way's small business base.

The recent announcement of the low-income community proposed on the site of the old school district bus barn is an example. Look at the first donation on the mayor's own PDC page — the very group that is behind such a project. I am surprised that past donor Walmart hasn't given any money yet. I guess they don't need another store in Federal Way.

Jim Ferrell has demonstrated that he uses good judgment. The current Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) project is the best example. He has been withholding a vote for the PACC until he has solid numbers as to what it will cost after it is built. He does not want Federal Way to venture into the unknowns that could gut our city's ability to move forward. We don't need anther vacant building.

Jim's campaign is centered on four words: "We Can Do Better." We can do better by promoting Jim at the ballot to the mayor's office. Federal Way currently lacks a defined direction going forward. Jim will change that. Jim will hire an executive to run a city economic development office.

Skip Priest has had time to lead us into the future and it feels like we have only moved an inch.

Jim has served King County as a prosecutor for 18 years. He has earned the respect of law enforcement and fellow prosecutors alike. Jim has earned the endorsement of the Federal Way Police Officers Guild. I think that says it all when the police don't support their current mayor.

So in two weeks, we will once again receive or ballots in the mail. Judgment will be the deciding factor in our community's future. Will you choose Skip Priest and risk another lapse in judgment and Federal Way being embarrassed in the media? Or will you decide to that it is time to change direction?

My choice is on "We Can Do Better."

Randall Smith, Federal Way

 

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