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Gracious in defeat | Tim Jacobsen | Letters | Nov. 13
First of all, I would like to thank everyone who supported me in my campaign for Bainbridge Island city council. It was a very rewarding experience and I hope I added to the process. I am proud to be part of a community which always has some of the highest voter turnout in the state, if not the nation.
We have had very active citizen participation in both the change-form-of-government vote and the council vote. Now, what are we going to do with it?
Regardless of how we each feel about the outcome of either vote, the community has shown its desire to move our community forward. However, the community’s obligation is not done just because we all went to the polls.
We cannot expect the council to change the tone of the community without our help and support. We can choose to continue to look back and complain about all that has gone on and try to place blame, or we can look forward to see how we can work together to strengthen our community in all the ways that are truly important. We only have the right to demand that our council operate in a collaborative manner if our community operates in a collaborative manner. We can disagree and still work together.
Join me in supporting all council members and our city employees as they address our many, very material challenges. We can support them and still challenge them. I will not agree with their every decision, but I do not question their dedication to our community.
Bill Point Court