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Letter to the Editor

TIME FOR A CHANGE

It is the responsibility of the electorate to hire the best candidate for political office. Joe Hitselberger offers the citizens of Lincoln County proven leadership, program management, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. He is not a one issue candidate.

The County Commission does not have a stellar track record. The layoffs at the health department, cost overruns paid to a private consultant to design a conference center at The Commons, and, more recently, construction of a new animal shelter failure, are examples.

Commercial fishing, forestry and tourism are the economic lifeblood of the Central Oregon Coast. Joe’s job experiences working for the Alaska Department Fish and Game, and the Oregon Department of Forestry are unique qualifications. He would bring a scientific perspective to the Commission.

Natural resources preservation and protection are critical to the Central Oregon Coast economy. Ocean acidification, dead zones, and micro plastics in shellfish are serious problems that need to be on the radar of our elected officials. In addition, watershed protections need to be on the radar of our elected officials. Joe has the skill sets needed to assist the other commissioners and government agencies in developing affordable and commonsense short and long protocols to protect our natural resources.

In addition to his academic and science background, Joe is a successful small business owner and employs 7 full-time workers and seasonal workers during the summer months. His company closed its doors in accordance with the governors “stay in place” edict, but kept his regular employees on the payroll. His employees are currently receiving a full-time salary, benefits, and paid time off.

Time for a change.

I encourage the voters to compare the resumes of the six candidates and join me by casting your vote for Joe Hitselberger for Lincoln County Commissioner.

Terry Obteshka
Newport

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