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Looking ahead, COVID-19 decisions are not the only important ones we face today. We have a primary election coming up on May 19, and a Curry County Commissioner position is up with three candidates on the ballot and a lot at stake regarding our future here at home.

Sue Gold deserves reelection. As a former school board president, port commissioner, school teacher, and local volunteer extraordinaire, she has demonstrated her leadership — known, steady and stable. Just what we need. Earning a master’s degree in math and investing decades of her life teaching high school to our kids no doubt helped in shaping her commitment to knowing the facts, to an orderly approach when confronted with problems, to thoughtful analysis of every issue, to decisive action, and fairness and transparency in the workings of government without undue influence of money. That’s all refreshing in the world of politics.

From attending Board of Commissioner meetings I’ve seen the care and unbiased fairness she gives to every item making its way to the commissioners’ agenda, and to every problem brought to her attention by any and every citizen of our county. She’s got a record we can see and believe in.

Commissioner elections are fortunately non-partisan. Let’s keep them that way. Sue Gold has strong — in fact, impeccable — conservative values and heritage in the best sense of those words, which can be polarizing but shouldn’t be. She’s open-minded, works hard to be informed, and always aims for what’s best for everyone. Special interests and outside-thecounty groups that push one way or another for their agendas are a danger to us but they will never decide what Commissioner Gold is going to do.

Our official Voters’ Pamphlet has already come in the mail. Go straight to page 49 and see Sue’s smiling face and impressive qualifications. She should be on page 1, highlighting trust, public service, and proven responsibility in government.

Ballots go out in the mail this week. Vote for Sue.

Tim Palmer

Port Orford

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