Shame on The Olympian for its back-handed endorsement of Commissioner Karen Valenzuela. It was a slap in the face. The tone of the editorial was downright bratty.
You say Commissioner Valenzuela has the knowledge and experience to do the job – and her opponent doesn’t. Then you attack her personality. You claim Valenzuela lacks the ability “to build constructive relationships within county government and with her constituents.” I worked with Valenzuela at the Department of Health, and I can attest that she was admired and respected by our staff.
You claim she “casually dismisses the recent $12 million verdict” against the county in the Maytown gravel pit case. I’ve heard Valenzuela speak about the verdict. I would describe her as confident that the county will win on appeal because the facts are on the county’s side, not dismissive of the jury’s findings.
You claim Valenzuela is high-handed. I find her to be quite likeable and a great listener. Let us all remember that commissioners are elected to do a job, not win congeniality contests. If you can’t endorse a candidate with reason and grace, then don’t endorse at all.
Katrina Wynkoop Simmons