The race is on, the ballots are out, and it is heating up in the contest for port commissioner of Bandon.
It is a simple clear-cut choice. The voters can pick between two, tax and spend, big-government progressives or two, limited government, fiscal conservatives.
The two incumbents have a record of wasting money on government boondoggles. During their terms, they used a half a million in tax dollars to buy and restore a perfectly functional private business and turn it into a government flee market, which is a reference to the blue building that is now the green building.
The port was derelict for not having an economic strategic plan in place for several years. The error caught the commissioners off guard and unprepared. Now the governor is forcing his own plan on the port, which contains stipulations for the cooperation between the port and the US Fish & Wildlife Service, among other federal agencies. It is these types of mistakes eroding public confidence. The strategic plan will bring in a considerable amount of money from state and federal grants. The port will use this money for government economic development projects on the port and it would benefit the taxpayer to have someone with self-control over monetaryissues.
When the USFWS sent a letter to the port of Bandon concerning the purchase of port property to use for the Bandon Marsh expansion, not one of the incumbents wrote a letter to the editor to inform their constituents. None of the commissioners held a public meeting to inform the people about this federal land grab. No radio appearances, no ads in the papers, not one TV spot, not one word from the commissioners about this federal invasion. It took the actions of private citizens to force the port to take a vote on a resolution against the planned expansion. The incumbents were MIA, missing in action, until recently, when someone challenged their positions on the port. Now, the port commissioners are palling around with Jon Barton and Sandra Messerle from the South Coast Development Council. Even Bill Bradbury is making an appearance to endorse his fellow
Democrats. Too bad, they did not do this for the people they represent.
Jill Halliburton is running for position #1 on the port of Bandon and Don Chance is running for position #3. Both of these candidates have proven their leadership skills with their actions to prevent the restoration of the Coquille Valley as well as their own personal achievements.
Mrs. Halliburton has been successful in building a thriving local business and has actually created jobs in the county, without one dollar in urban renewal money. Currently, she is serving on the port’s Economic Development Committee were she has worked to curtail government spending. She was the first person to write a letter alerting the people to the plans of The Service to use our tax dollars to steal the Coquille Valley. Moreover, she is a founder of the non-profit group, Coos County Today. She is a graduate of OSU and raised her three successful children in the heart of the valley.
Don Chance is a true outdoorsman with a genuine concern for the people who live in southern Oregon. He has worked on private restoration projects, but has fought admirably against the creation of government wetlands. Don believes in free market solutions to environmental problems. He was instrumental in the development of Heritage Place and served as the first Chief Administrator of this facility, which was a complex project requiring cooperation with many, diverse regulatory agencies and local stakeholders..
Mr. Chance moved to the southern coast of Oregon after serving for six years in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman, primarily with the US Marine Corps, and then he worked for a number of years in the long-term care
On May 21, you will have the chance to vote for two bold and fresh people for the port of Bandon and replace the stagnation. If you are happy with the status-quo then vote for the same old, same old incumbents, but do not complain when the port is stuck with the same results. Try something new and vote for Don Chance for position #3 and Jill Halliburton for position #1.
Public Meetings on Agenda 21
NO on Measure 6-148 The Bandon Lighting Ordinance
City of Bandon---Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Measure 6-148
Bandon: The City of Ordinances
Keep the Lights ON in Bandon
Public Law 107-40
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013
The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
The US Forest Service Is Involved With Another Land Grab in Coos County
My choices for the Ballot in the General Election of November 2012
The Voice of the Voters
Matt Rowe for Mayor Rally
“Coos County Today”
Silent victory over Urban Renewal in Coos County
There was an incident at the Fair.
The Realm of Business
A Meeting About Nothing....