LETTER TO THE EDITOR
David Lee, Newport
We all need to be informed voters and not just for someone because someone said they are a great person. Make sure you read the voter’s pamphlet and listen to the Mayoral forums on KNPT and KCUP podcasts before you vote for Mayor.
Both candidates are great folks and have the credentials to run for Mayor. One candidate does offer ideas, solutions, and objectives. If you read the voter’s pamphlet you will see a difference in the two candidates and the one that has the ideas, solutions, and objectives is Dean Sawyer. With thirty years in command positions in the local Police Department, eight years on the City Council, Council President, and Chairman of the Urban Renewal Agency Dean has the experienced leadership skills to be Mayor.
Dean is the only candidate that has consistently talked about issues and his ideas to solve them from affordable housing, homelessness, downtown blight, town hall meetings, reestablishing the county drug team, and undergrounding utilities. He has recommended placing porta-potties around town where the homeless frequent so they can have some dignity in using a restroom instead of a bush. He wants to work with the faith based groups in town and other groups that work to help the homeless such as Grace Winds and Jonah’s Whale to come up with achievable solutions.
Dean wants to make sure any new Vacation Rental regulations require a local manager, three complaints and the license is voided, with caps in Nye Beach and Agate Beach. He wants to work with Lincoln County and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital to bring back a detox facility. He wants to continue to work with Lincoln County, Lincoln City, Toledo and Proud Ground to get Work Force housing built here in Newport.
Dean wants to work to reduce the sewage outfall at Nye Beach and Agate Beach to low levels. To increase housing availability, he wants to encourage residential units over commercial buildings and allow commercial buildings to be used for housing for workers.
Dean knows this town well and knows the problems and issues that face its future. He wants to represent and be accountable to everyone in town. Please look at his webpage for further details: DeanSawyer4Mayor.com
Please educate yourself on the ideas that both candidates have put forth during the campaign and I believe that you will vote for Dean Sawyer as I have.