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Jacobsen, Lester have right qualities | Letters | Aug. 28

We strongly support Tim Jacobsen (South Ward) and Debbi Lester (Central Ward) for Bainbridge Island City Council.

Both candidates value Bainbridge Island and have demonstrated the ability to listen to all points of view, review and analyze relevant information, and make reasoned decisions that reflect the majority of islanders.

Neither of these candidates engage in emotional hyperbole that inhibits good governance. The island needs leaders such as this.

During our 15 years here, we have seen Debbi Lester in all sorts of venues – including volunteering at Helpline, organizing charitable events for local nonprofit agencies, as well as actively engaged in thorny island political issues.

She has consistently been supportive of broad community initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for islanders, resolve significant health or safety concerns, and preserve the environment.

She is always thoughtful and offers sound solutions for resolving problems. She has been a participant in many of the opportunities for citizen involvement on the island and has attained a comprehensive knowledge of the island.

She is committed to Bainbridge Island and its citizens and she listens to all points of view quietly before asserting her own very well considered views.

While we have less personal knowledge of Tim Jacobsen, we strongly support him based on the recommendations from others who do know him.

He comes with two critical strengths, not shared by his opponent. It is mandatory for our city to build on a solid financial basis and make prioritized decisions based on our financial health. He has the expertise and the analytical skill to guide the city in this area.

Secondly, and even more important to us, he comes to the office without strong outspoken opinions based on emotion and insufficient information.

He, like Debbi Lester, has shown the ability to listen quietly to all citizens, weigh the alternatives and make reasoned judgments.

Our city government has been undermined in recent years by too many officials with personal, not community agendas, and decisions based on the loudest voices, rather than based on balanced community input and facts.

Donna, George McKinney

Wood Avenue

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