Letter: Let down Lichatowich left
Two years ago I worked diligently to help Paulette Lichatowich be elected as a commissioner to the Port of St. Helens. I believed wholeheartedly in her ideas for an environmental future for Columbia County. I continue to agree with the ideas she set forth in that political race.
When Lichatowich declared her candidacy for Columbia County commissioner, I was thrilled. I contributed money to her campaign and offered to provide her with any support she needed.
Unfortunately, Lichatowich has withdrawn from this commissioner's race, blaming her decision on the harassment, lies and bullying techniques by Scappoose business owner, Brady Preheim.
Brady Preheim is my nephew. I most certainly do not agree with him on some issues and the methods he uses to make certain his beliefs become public knowledge. But, by god, he is not a liar.
He did not make false claims against Lichatowich. The complaints he made to the state ethics commission were legitimate. It appears the ethics commission decided against further action after Lichatowich appeared commission staff.
Columbia County Commissioner Henry Heimuller had at least five ethics complaints filed against him in his first election (also made by Brady Preheim) and instead of denying them, he corrected the errors — and he was elected.
And now, thanks to Lichatowich's resignation as a candidate, he will be again.
I feel totally let down that Lichatowich has made the decision not to run for Columbia County commissioner. I believe she would have been a great asset. Ironically, she and Preheim are in agreement on nearly everything in which she believes.
Lichatowich cannot blame Mr. Preheim for her resignation. That was entirely her decision. He boisterously defended what he believes is
right and she should have done the same.
I agree with Bill Eagle when he says Mr. Preheim is a whistleblower and is taking heat for what he believed was right. I agree with Mr. Eagle when he states that Preheim is a brave man and can take the heat.
At this point in his life, I have known Brady Preheim for longer than anyone — nearly 54 years. He is undoubtedly stubborn, but he also is the most intelligent and honest person I have ever known.
My love for him does not cloud my opinion. As I said, he and I disagree on some topics such as the fact that I most definitely would vote for Paulette Lichatowich if she were to get back in the race. She and Columbia County Commissioner Alex Tardif together could have made a big difference in our county.
I cannot help but believe that if the use of Facebook and the bypass of their own rules by the Democratic Party of Columbia County had not been involved, the outcome of this situation may have been completely different.
As I have said many times before, I don't do Facebook. I have a life.
Perhaps many of you should decide to do the same.