Niemi: Vote Magruder and Garrett for county commissioners
While a lot of candidates talk about providing local jobs and improving the livability of our county, both Casey Garrett and Margaret Magruder have a proven track record of doing both.
When Margaret was coordinator of the Lower Columbia River Watershed Council, she fought to give us a chance at designing some of the first salmon habitat improvement projects that we worked on. As a result, we have grown our business and recently started up a new ecological division of our company. This has allowed us the ability to not only provide more full-time family wage jobs within the county, but also good paying jobs for 10 local college and high school students for this upcoming summer. These are projects that directly bring local tax revenue back to our community while improving local infrastructure and also our recreational opportunities.
Similarly, we've worked with Casey on projects that have included building local industrial facilities and also improving our local public parks and trails. I have first-hand experience watching Casey improve the efficiency in which our county facilities are managed. This is not easy to do in today's complex world. He is always looking for ways to get more done with the limited money available.
It would be a shame to lose these well-rounded individuals as public servants.
Andrew Niemi, St. Helens
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