In less than three weeks Americans for Prosperity Coos County Chapter will meet in
Coos Bay for the first of three County Commissioner Forums. The venue will be
The ESD Building, 1350 Teakwood Avenue, off of Koos Bay Blvd. The
date, Wednesday, March 21. The Position 3 candidates are: Melissa
Cribbins, Don Gurney, Dale Pennie, Rickey Wiley, Mary Loiselle and Don Beebe.
The public is open to attend, as always. No charge.
Beebe, a former Coos County's road department foreman is the most recent of the six would-be commissioners to throw his hat in the
ring. After 30 years in the department, he left his position there and founded
"Encore Kids," a business reselling kids clothes and furniture, which closed
during the recession. He is a property manager at Oregon Coast Community
Loiselle was born and raised in North Bend and is a 1967 graduate of North Bend
High School. She studied and worked at United States International University
in San Diego, CA, class of 1990; She has an MA in Institutional
Administration and has been a college administrator and business owner. She
works at Southwestern Oregon Community College's Small Business
Wiley studied at Oregon Institute of Technology,
lives in North Bend, and is the owner of Rickey Wiley Construction.
Pennie, a Bandon resident since 1988 owns Pennie Electric Company.
Gurney is a U.S. Navy retired chief warrant officer who has lived in Coos County for 71
years. He owns Gurney Logging and a purebred cattle operation. He has also
served two terms on the Port of Coquille River Board.
Cribbins is an attorney for the Coquille Indian Tribe. She has a bachelor's degree in biology and biochemistry and is the vice chairwoman of the Coos Bay/North Bend Water
"Big Daddy" Noorlander will serve up his world famous pulled pork
and beef sandwiches and all the garnishments. Bring your store-bought potluck
entrees or home fixins' -- you decide. The meal will begin at 5:30PM with the
forum starting at 6:00PM.
It's always interesting to me when I hear negatives from people start to flow around election time about this person or that person and their desire to gain office. From our lofty quarters it's easy to criticize, condemn and complain. A well directed tribute should go to candidates who have the courage to step up when the prospect of holding an
office (the unglamorous chores of citizenship) come calling. As voters, it's
our duty to ask God to bless us with discernment, that our vote will count
toward putting him or her whose heart is in the right place to uphold the U.S.
Constitution. In addition, those candidates who would seek our vote, would do
so knowing the road ahead brings with it the opportunity to commit one's self
to serve for limited government and economic and personal freedom for the
See you at the forum.
Coos Co. AFP