Dear Island Neighbor,
I'm Gloria Sayler. I moved to Bainbridge just over 20 years ago because I love the Pacific Northwest and our island‘s bountiful share of what I treasure.
In recent years I’ve become a city watcher, observing those who volunteer or are elected to represent us at City Hall. I’ve written about it in a blog, most recently: “What makes a good Council member.”
A person’s conduct, integrity, and ability to objectively examine the issues at hand are crucial. These qualities can’t be judged in a campaign interview or advertisement alone. One has to look at the actual experience and behavior when a person is doing his/her work.
That’s why I am voting for Wayne Roth.
Letter writers -- and Wayne’s opponent, Arlene Buetow herself -- say that she values “fairness, equal treatment to all of those she serves”. However, when you look at her 4-year history on a City committee with a legal duty to advise the full Council on utility matters, there is evidence that she has acted divisively, politicized issues, and flouted City governance rules. This conduct has been well documented, for example, in an enlightening article.
In another article, you can read emails which Ms. Buetow, appointed to a trusted position to advise the whole Council, wrote secretly -- to personal, not City, email addresses -- about City issues to the three or four Council members who often supported her views, but excluded the other Council members.
Such emails are contrary to the City Council’s Governance Manual, which requires that all email correspondence on City issues should be conducted by Council Members on their official public City email accounts, not private email accounts hidden from view. That conduct is the subject of a pending lawsuit.
Ms. Buetow’s divisive behavior on that same City advisory committee is further documented in both a recent Review article and a first-hand account in a letter to the editor. The latter is written by three citizen volunteers who served with her on that committee for 1-3 years. [Disclosure: One of the authors of that letter is Randal Samstag, who is my husband and a member of our Quality Bainbridge Steering Committee.]
Looking at issues, Ms. Buetow’s top priority for 4 years on the UAC was pushing to give away (not sell) the City’s multi-million dollar water utility — an idea that failed to pass Council deliberations (even though 4 members initially favored it). She devoted far less priority to the urgent need to replace the Eagle Harbor beach sewer mains, which had burst in summer 2009 when she joined the UAC, and burst again in summer 2013 after her 4th year on the UAC and its chair since early 2012. She rarely voiced to the full Council the urgent need to repair and replace the mains.
This adds up to conduct and faulty priorities that will not serve our City well.
By contrast, our endorsed candidate, Wayne Roth, has served our community and the world of public radio in a thoughtful and collaborative manner. Wayne received the national Edward R Murrow award for his decades of public service as a leader on boards at KUOW, NPR and other public radio organizations.
Locally he is also admired for his service to our community on boards such as our Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association and our Arts and Humanities Council. When you listen to KUOW or visit our island’s Exclusion Memorial, you are experiencing the fruits of Wayne’s inclusive, intelligent and creative work.
The choice between Wayne Roth and Arlene Buetow is clear. Please join me in voting for Wayne Roth for City Council.
Sponsored by Quality Bainbridge (QB). No political candidate paid for this message. The QB Steering Committee members are John Ellis (Pres.), Gloria Sayler (VP), Kathy Dunn, Maradel Gale, Juliet LeDorze, Barry Peters and Randal Samstag.
All are local Bainbridge residents who want to preserve our island’s character and its shared values such as: a beautiful and conserved environment, safe neighborhoods and good schools for families, good and smart governance with local control, a thriving local economy (Shop Local!), maintenance of our roads and other infrastructure, and a good quality of life for all residents.
The 7 of us are self-funding QB expenses because our goal is to raise voter awareness, not to raise money. That differs from the big-money PAC organized by Gary Tripp (named Common Sense), which has raised nearly $28,000 to date to advertise his opposing slate. Quality Bainbridge disclosures are open to view.
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