Letters to the editor

August 5, 2011

By Contributor

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Gordon Bisset is the right choice

I returned from California to the good news that Gordon Bisset is running for the Newcastle City Council. I had urged him to do so, and I support his election.

Gordon is a long-time neighbor, a capable and active member (currently president) of our Hazelwood Community Association, who has served with distinction on Newcastle’s Planning Commission and City Council.

He’s been deeply involved in Newcastle since its founding, and is one of those rare civic-minded folks who attend council meetings year after year, maintain a deep knowledge of city issues and frequently speak out — about a wider range of issues than most of us can manage.

Gordon gets things done: he helped the Hazelwood Community Association make Donegal Park a reality, and he’s led the successful effort to raise funds for a memorial barbecue in the park. And he’s a realist who understands budgets; who wants a lean, efficient government that sticks to basics.

Given Newcastle’s dire financial situation, his voice is needed on the council.

Garry Kampen


Vote for Dr. Mary Heuschel for hospital commissioner

Dr. Mary Alice Heuschel’s leadership is a perfect fit for Valley Medical Commission

For Newcastle residents who are within Public Hospital District No. 1, I urge you to vote for Dr. Mary Alice Heuschel for hospital commissioner in the Aug. 16 primary election.

This election is important to the community, because the commission oversees Valley Medical Center and its clinics throughout South King County.

Heuschel currently serves as superintendent of the Renton School District, and will continue to serve as superintendent if elected to the hospital commission. Renton schools have greatly improved under Dr. Heuschel’s watch. For her outstanding leadership, in 2011 she was selected as the Washington State Superintendent of the Year and ranked in the top four school superintendents in the nation. I believe Dr. Heuschel will bring this same award-winning leadership to the role of hospital commissioner.

In addition to her love for education, Dr. Heuschel is passionate about health care and understands that a strong community begins with quality education and healthy families. The Valley Medical Commission needs a leader who will work tirelessly to provide quality healthcare to every member of our community. I believe that Dr. Heuschel is a gifted leader who will shine in her role as hospital commissioner. Simply put, she is the best candidate for the job.

Jean Garber



Career dictates campaign changes

I have long enjoyed my involvement with the city of Newcastle. It has been my wish to run for a seat on the City Council and I was poised to do so until recently. In June, I had the great fortune of receiving an employment offer, which represented a tremendous opportunity for me and my family. Upon starting the job, I’ve come to realize the demands of the position, particularly during this early period, make it very difficult to also lead an effective primary campaign.

Because of this, I have decided to end my campaign before it truly begins. It does not seem appropriate for me to solicit and receive any campaign contributions when I’m not able to give my maximum effort in this race.

For those of you who offered support, thank you very much. My withdrawal from the campaign leaves voters with two candidates fully worthy of consideration. I wish Frank Irigon and Gordon Bisset well in their efforts.

Andrew Shelton


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