To the editor:
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I support Bridget Bailey for Wasco County Commissioner. I have known her my entire life and she is an honest, hardworking and capable person.
Bridget has helped my orchard business negotiate complex rules surrounding farm worker regulation and food safety compliance issues. Without her assistance my farm would have faced real economic hardship. In my discussions with her about her candidacy for commissioner I have been impressed by her understanding of how decisions made by our county government affect businesses like mine.
For example I have spoken with Bridget about a matter critical to my business: county road maintenance. Roads are an important factor to my business’s bottom line because rough roads and potholes damage cherries during transport. Damaged fruit costs my business money because I must pay to have the damaged cherries removed from the quality fruit that is to be sold. Good roads ensure agricultural products produced in our county will be delivered to market timely and in good condition. Bridget will work to protect the investment we have in our county roads. Bridget has excellent planning, listening and organizing skills and will work with citizens, county staff and the City of The Dalles to ensure that our road funding issue is resolved with a feasible plan.
I know Bridget will make county-wide economic development a priority as Commissioner, yet at the same time prioritize critical services such as roads. Vote for Bridget Bailey for a Wasco County Commissioner.