Bud Blake is a no show. This realtor and builder-backed candidate for County Commissioner was invited to meet with a political study group. He stood us up on both Sept. 22 and 29. County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela met with us twice this year, answering our questions.
Blake also declined to participate in the League of Women Voters candidate forum. Apparently he did not want to answer the League’s questions either. Commissioner Valenzuela said she would make her schedule work to fit the League’s calendar.
Here’s a guy who registered to vote in Thurston County in May, 2013. He apparently moved from Florida. He seems to think he has what it takes to be a County Commissioner. Horsefeathers. Blake appears to recite the lines of the Freedom Foundation, the ultra-right group that wants to destroy public employee working conditions, compensation and health benefits that are the foundation of the Thurston County economy.
I’m supporting Karen Valenzuela for another term as commissioner. I don’t agree with everything she does, but her commitment to Thurston County, her 30-year involvement in our community and her willingness to show up and answer questions is the type of behavior we expect from elected officials.