Deets displays fresh and solid thinking | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

When Joe Deets shared he was planning to run for Bainbridge Island City Council, I was on board immediately.

Like most candidates for city council, Joe supports policies that protect the environment, address affordability and transportation, and recognize the deterioration in public trust in government.

What makes Joe stand out for me is his willingness to spend time investigating an issue and coming up with solutions to these challenges that are practical, economically sound, positive and ethical.

I’ve experienced Joe’s approach first hand, as I’ve happily collaborated with him on successful community energy efficiency and solar projects over the years. Recently we ran into each other at the T&C where he was just coming off the end of a multiple-day hike with his family. He took the time to stop and share what he’s been learning by knocking on doors, wanted to know what I thought, and shared some ideas that proved to me once again that Joe will be addressing deeply rooted problems with fresh, solid thinking.

I’m not sure, but though I’ve lived here since nearly the inception of city government — my husband and I moved to Bainbridge in 1992 — this may be the first letter I’ve ever written to the editor to support a candidate for council. That should tell you a lot.

Joe is modest about his achievements, passionate about his commitment, all while maintaining a high level of professionalism and financial practicality. When you vote this Nov. 7, I encourage you to support Joe Deets.

KATHLEEN O’BRIEN

Bainbridge Island

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