The city of Oak Harbor is at a crossroads. The citizens of this city have a choice to make this November that will greatly change the direction of our city.
At stake in this election is control of the City Council. A majority of the council has decided to obstruct the new Mayor that was elected on a platform of change and openness by a wide majority of the citizens. For the last several years we have seen a great deal of contention between the Mayor and those that have the most control over the future of Oak Harbor, the City Council. When the citizens of Oak Harbor elected a new Mayor, Scott Dudley, by a 12.93% margin over his opponent and incumbent Mayor Jim Slowik they were hoping for change and a new way for our city to be managed. This change cannot happen with the current members of the City Council as they have chosen to be obstructive since the day the new Mayor was elected.
Since that election we have seen our City Council embroiled over attempts to stop the Mayor and any agenda or change that he may bring forward. This is no wonder, our City Council is comprised of the supporters of the previous Mayor. The current council wishes they could go back to the Mayor Slowik days where rules and laws were regularly broken and costly mistakes were made and there were no repercussions for the City Administration or Council. It it is the taxpayers that eventually pay for those mistakes made by those that lead our city.
Even though the previous Administration regularly and consistently gave Oak Harbor a black eye in the local and State news and made very costly mistakes the Council seems at all costs to want to return to those days. The previous Mayor even received a Shrammie award for his actions, Oak Harbor made the big city news but the news was not positive for Oak Harbor. It brought ridicule on our city.
We see this same attitude today in our present City Council. We have a Council member who made a nationwide fool of himself and our city attempting to ignore our State Laws in regards to the city firearm laws, another attempted to ban hats in the city council meetings and did so by demanding that we mere citizens owe him respect. All of these actions by our City Council members do not do Oak Harbor any favors. I doubt very seriously that the citizens of our community feel that these actions represent them well.
We have a choice in this upcoming election. Continue on the path of change by supporting the Mayor and those council candidates that will bring fresh ideas to our city or reject the new candidates and support those who have proven in the past to make poor decisions.
If the city were to elect 3 new council members and vote to keep the only incumbent that has respect for the Mayor’s position Jim Campbell, this will change the makeup of the council. This will stop the agenda of the current council by removing the majority powers that this obstructive block now holds.
Here is the lineup of the current council and the opponents along with recommendations:
Mike Piccone VS Danny Paggao incumbent
Danny Paggao has served the city for over 20 years, his service has been appreciated by all of us in Oak Harbor but it is time for a change, we need fresh blood to move the city on to a brighter future. Mike Piccone has more energy than any of the current council members, he is full of fresh ideas and has the energy and the motivation to make the right decisions for our city.
Our recommendation is a YES vote for Mike Piccone.
James M. Campbell incumbent VS Skip Pohtilla
Jim Campbell has been the council member that has always kept in contact with the people, his weekly meeting with the citizen’s show that he wants those citizens to be involved in their city and he has gone out of his way to open up lines of communication with those citizens. We need more politicians that emulate Jim Campbell.
Our recommend is a YES vote for Jim Campbell.
Bob Severns has given his support to the mindset of the previous administration and regularly votes with the pack against our new Mayor. Lucas Yonkman is a disabled veteran and from a good local family, he may bring fresh ideas to our city and make our city a better place for the citizens.
We recommend a YES vote for Lucas Yonkman.
Sandi Peterson is a breath of fresh air. She is bright and energetic and seems to have the best interest of Oak Harbor and its citizens in mind. Her opponent Joel Servatious has proven that he does not have what it takes to lead our city. His ban the hats debacle shows that he believes the citizens should place him on a pedestal as a council member and does not believe in the concept of our politicians being simple servants of the people. He demanded respect during the hat debacle and he does not understand that respect is earned not delivered by the actions of the City Council.
We recommendation a YES vote for Sandi Peterson.
Rick Almberg is not up for reelection this term
Beth Munns is not up for reelection this term
Tara Hizon is not up for reelection this term
We need leaders that understand that they are public servants serving the people of this city and taking actions in the best interest of the citizens they represent. I cannot imagine that the average Oak Harbor resident believes that a Councilmember who demands respect by forcing people to remove their hats during council meetings represents them accurately. Or by having a Councilman that stands up and walks out of a meeting when he finds out that an attendee of the meeting, a US Army disabled Veteran from a good local family is armed with a legally carried concealed handgun. This made National news, the youtube video was posted all over the internet and received several million views. Is this representative of YOU?
We have seen how the expensive this city Council is and what the costs are to the people of this city, a $14,000,000.00 liability from the one way street remodel and subsequent discovery of Native American graves that could have been avoided. The new planned Septic Treatment facility that costs almost twice as much as comparable facilities built in other cities. Most of the current members of the Council have proven they cannot respectful with the people’s funds and we the people of this city need change.