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As I doorbell voters in Mason County, it’s heartening to find many who’ve “done their homework” and know the negative record of Mason County Commissioner Lynda Ring-Erickson, a candidate for 35th State Representative.

Voters in Kitsap County now need to become aware.

On Fe. 4, 2011, Ring-Erickson testified before a Washington House Committee and presented misleading information promoting a bill that would undermine the public’s ability to keep tabs on local government.

Then there was the recent no-bid contract extension for hauling garbage in Mason County. A seven-year, $15-million contract extension awarded without going to bid. Ring-Erickson abstained from voting. Coincidentally,  Allied Waste, who received the contract, also donated to her campaign. As county commission chair, she did not recommend seeking bids. A lawsuit has been filed against Mason County over the award.

This March, Ring-Erickson attempted, unsuccessfully, to get a $10,000 per year raise for a particular county employee. Neither of her fellow commissioners would vote with her. She became visibly upset when another employee suggested the money be divided among several lower level workers whose pay had been frozen for some time.

Recently, the Mason County Sheriff expressed concerns about inadequate funding and safety for the county jail and Ring-Erickson, a former cop, suggested the jail should come under direct control of the commissioners –- bypassing the sheriff.

Please consider all candidates before voting Aug. 7. We cannot afford to send Lynda Ring-Erickson and her record of missteps to the Legislature.

Diana Harmon,

Your neighbor to the south

 

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