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Mayor: It's about experience
In the contest for mayor of Poulsbo, Kathryn Quade brings more than 10 years of elected experience. Opponent Becky Erickson has less than two years on city council and four council committees (by her count), yet would like us to believe she is uniquely qualified to be the chief executive officer of a $20 million per year municipal corporation.
Erickson spends a great deal of time in campaign forums complaining about city hall — yet she voted for it. She says it's too big. News flash, Erickson, when you construct a municipal building that is to last 50 years, it should always too big initially.
Quade led the council to abide by the public vote on its location and rejected the ponzi-scheme proposal of Norm McLaughlin/Kitsap County Housing Authority. When interim funds were available, demolition and site-prep occurred at a very favorable price. When bond rates became the best in years, together with favorable construction pricing, work was finally started. This is prudent financial management.
Erickson said she'll promote economic development but doesn't say what she will do or how. Quade has made significant contacts within the medical community (beyond Harrison) as Poulsbo is ideally located to become the next medical hub. Other than clerk positions, medical jobs pay family living wages.
Quade's campaign signs are legal. Erickson has signs on utility poles, a violation of RCW 70.54.090. They've been there for weeks. For her to disavow any knowledge of them would be simply laughable. The nollroad.com signs are also illegal per campaign laws as they don't identify a candidate and are not permitted under the Poulsbo city code. As a councilmember, she should know the city laws. Candidates who feel they are above the laws and rules deserve no consideration.