Letters to the Editor

Support Hansen for District 23 state rep

Drew Hansen has been incredibly effective his first term in the state Legislature. In one year, he’s helped veterans, increased engineering training at Olympic College, protected existing ferry service and supported public schools. Many people talk about “working across the aisle,” Drew Hansen does it.

Drew obtained broad bipartisan support for his jobs bills and his veterans education bill. His successful forest compensating tax bill will save Kitsap citizens money and support jobs, tourism and conservation. It passed 98-1. That is truly bipartisan support. That bill will make the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project (preserving Port Gamble area land and trails) more likely to be successful, and is already helping other Kitsap conservation projects. Our local land trust is readying to use it on a land donation, which without it simply wouldn’t have been possible.

Drew Hansen is incredibly well qualified. The combination of his education, professional success, community service and proven willingness to work hard are truly impressive. But what impressed me most when I met him is that despite the formidable credentials, Drew Hansen is just a genuinely humble, approachable and nice person.

I hope you’ll join me in voting for Drew Hansen for 23rd District representative.

Linda Berry-Maraist
(Editor’s note: Berry-Maraist is a member of the Poulsbo City Council)

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Within the July 27 North Kitsap Herald was an insert from James Olsen, who is running for the Legislature. However, the insert wasn’t about Olsen, it was supposedly about Drew Hansen.

In his lengthy screed, Olsen tried to dish dirt by calling Hansen names and painting him as a politician for sale, calling attention to his out-of-state donors.

In the Herald’s article about the race, Olsen — in a statement of stunning hypocrisy — said he doesn’t object to the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court.

All that was accomplished by his flier was to underscore opinions that I’ve heard from friends on Bainbridge Island: Olsen is an angry man with an ideological axe to grind who is used to barking orders and being obeyed.

Ad hominem attacks, indeed. I’m voting for Drew.

Thomas S. Loushe


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