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Mark Koppang will listen and lead | Election letters

Voters, you have your ballot. It's your right and your duty to wisely choose leaders in this general election. Some of you ignore the information swirling about this time of year, others dabble at the table of details, and some relish the banquet of knowledge to be devoured.

We share a common faith in each other to make good choices, for ours is the system that trusts the people to decide to whom they will loan the power of governing them. The highest office is the citizen.

The day in and day out tasks of running our city are not glamorous. There are plenty of guidelines and codes, laws and ordinances to confine boundaries of governance. Then what is the mojo that makes an individual excel, and be the right choice for Federal Way City Council?

Here is what I see in city council candidate Mark Koppang that tells me he is a leader. The qualities I have witnessed are his uncommon ability to listen actively. Mark listens to people — to hear what is said, and unsaid. "When the best leader's work is done, the people say 'We did it ourselves.'" (Lao Tzu)

He is well grounded in intelligence, educational background, business, marketing and selling. His love of Federal Way's families, our businesses and natural beauty is "sold" to everyone he speaks with — with honest substance, and sizzle too.

Mark Koppang is effective. I have seen him lead meetings where everyone gives input and is heard. He has a gift of then unifying those thoughts, and translating ideas into action plans. Everyone leaving feeling enthusiastic.

Mark Koppang is passionate. Because he is approachable, and has a warm and optimistic outlook, people are drawn to him. His background offers a fine-tuned quality of strengthening the individual, noticing their talents and unleashing a "can do" attitude where ever he goes. He trusts people and their abilities, and inspires them to work together.

Mark's heart is in pulling the people of Federal Way together, and building a city where families and business prosper. Mark's mind is firmly set in pursuit of jobs, jobs, jobs and actively inviting new businesses to come and discover Federal Way.

Join me in voting for Mark Koppang for Federal Way City Council Position 2.

Maureen Bernardy, Federal Way


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