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Why on earth would we replace Jan Angel?

The 26th District in the state of Washington is represented by several legislators — all Democrats with the exception being Jan Angel, a Republican.

Jan was born in Colorado and now makes her home with her family in Kitsap County

She has attended leadership institutes, public service institutes, Certified Public Official training at Washington State University, business administration classes at Colorado State University, and business administration/banking courses at the University of Alaska.

Her résumé includes business owner, commercial banker, real estate broker, Kitsap County commissioner, and state representative for the 26th District.

As a South Kitsap commissioner from 2000 to 2008 and in the House of Representatives from 2008 to the present, she fought has the growth habits of the county and property tax increases to name two things.

I would say that she stood up for the people every time additional burdens were placed onto the people in the county.

Often she came up with other ways to get things accomplished in a better way or without more taxes only to be overruled by the two Democrats that composed the rest of the commissioner board.

Jan Angel still champions the people in her district on issues like education spending, unjustified state pay raises, unjustified toll increases on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the suspension of voter-imposed tax cap levy (I-960), shoreline issues both in the House and as a commissioner, because of the poor economy.

The Democrats in Washington spent their way into the state deficit and Jan has fought hard against the Democrats taxing their way out of that deficit.

Now Jan is going to be challenged by a retired doctor, Sumner Schoenke, from Gig Harbor on the grounds that she has done nothing.

Having no experience in government at all, he believes he can do a better job than the incumbent.

In a personal conversation with Schoenke, he demonstrated that he had no knowledge of the spending habits of schools within the district that he wants to represent.

Additionally, he demonstrated that he had no knowledge of the tax habits of Kitsap County, much less the amount of lands that the land owners have been denied use of, land that they pay taxes on, to name a few things.

At this point we know very little about Schoenike. But we know a lot about Jan Angel, and it’s all good.

Why on earth would we even consider making a change?

LARRY L. MANN

Port Orchard

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