Former Washington Senator Warren G. Magnuson said there are two types of politicians: work horses and show horses. The work horse spends time working hard on solving problems and building consensus. A work horse produces results. A show horse spends its time seeking the spotlight, prancing around looking for glory and publicity.
In this year’s county commission races, we have prime examples. Cathy Wolfe and Sandra Romero spend their time seeking solutions. The Legislature mandates that each county update its critical areas ordinance. They held meetings, attended work sessions, met with groups, studied other counties’ ordinances and passed an updated CAO.
Cathy and Sandra led the way in ensuring Thurston has one of the most stable county budgets in the state; they did the homework and made the tough decisions. As a result, the county has cash reserves.
They work endless hours reviewing the county’s problems and needs — they do the work. And their office doors are always open to their constituents. Their opponents, not so much. They criticize and seek the spotlight while offering no real solutions to improve our county.
Let’s keep Sandra Romero and Cathy Wolfe working for Thurston County. Senator Magnuson was right. There is a big difference between work horses and show horses.