Yes The World, there are differences between Coos County Commissioner candidates Don Gurney and John Sweet; starting with their Facebook page where Gurney labels himself a member of the “community” and Sweet labels himself a “politician”. That says much. Sweet and The World have convinced me to vote for Gurney. I voted for Sweet two years ago; relying, in part, on his promise not to run in 2014.
Sweet’s campaign literature states that “we need” “a vision for the future”; “a strategic plan”. Why do “we need” something that Sweet should have brought with him two years ago? Gurney has a vision and a plan. We are told that Sweet has “20 years combined experience in finance” as a Director of two long ago sold small Coos Bay banks. I’m certain that your bank branch manager would agree that sitting on a board of directors would not be considered “finance” experience.
Recently The World told us that Sweet has a “lengthy resume working for giants like Sause Bros., Weyerhaeuser and Georgia Pacific”. I would not consider a 400 person privately held company to be a giant. Nowhere, in campaign literature, in campaign filing papers, or elsewhere does Sweet suggest extensive and related transferable experience with Weyerhaeuser or Georgia Pacific.
Sweet as a leader of the SCCF / CEP effort to place hundreds of millions of your anticipated tax dollars under the control of unelected, unappointed, people who you do not control turns me off.
In a recent candidates debate Sweet told us that Bandon Dunes, Jordon Cove Energy, and Southport are in our community because of tax relief offered to them. Southport did get a sweetheart deal from the Port; a deal that came with penalties; a deal that caused the taxpayers to lay a rail spur to the factory and in part to buy the choo choo. Bandon Dunes and Jordan Cove have told us that they did not seek tax relief. Read Pulitzer Prize winning author David Cay Johnston’s book on the subject of Bandon Dunes’ tax relief.
The people of Bandon, including the mayor, should be furious. They voted for a natural gas pipeline to their community; they have been paying for that pipeline; they will continue to pay for that pipeline; but Sweet will avoid spending county money by not building that pipeline.
There is no doubt in my mind that, if defeated, Sweet will land on feet as one of the high paid self - appointed SCCF Directors.
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