LETTER: ‘It is not my intent to encourage readers to vote one way or the other’

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Seeing so many “Letters to The Editor” concerning the Burien City Council elections, I was inspired to write as well.

It is not my intent to encourage readers to vote one way or the other here.

Neither will I take issue with PACs which are advocating for various candidates, as I believe all third party ads are crafted to either present their preferred candidate(s) in a good light or to slam the other candidate(s).

Rather, I would point out that two of the candidates are current council members and their records, opinions, and any evolution in their positions are a matter of public record. Therefore, voters should have a clear idea of how those two will perform if re-elected.

As for the other 4 candidates, I would suggest careful review of their statements made at several public debates, in addition to the campaign positions stated in the candidate’s own publications. If possible, try to actually meet the candidates, or watch their ability to handle public forums.

Unfortunately, campaign ads and public statements alone will not help us decide which people will have the time, energy, and motivations to best represent the people of Burien when setting City policy. While longer term residents of Burien may have a deeper history of how we got here, newer residents are no less likely to work to make our city a better place for us all.

Again, third party (PAC) ads, statements, or social media posts are NOT the candidates speaking, and PACs are not required to present the facts in an unbiased manner.

Here’s to our city electing a council that will set policies to help all members of our city thrive.

– Douglas Sykes

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