Leader Backus has my vote

We are being presented with two very different candidates for mayor. Which one we elect will make a difference.

Both candidates canvassed in my neighborhood, and I spoke with each one.

One told me what was wrong and placed blame. The Other asked me about my interests, shared ideas, spoke of accomplishments of the team and acknowledged areas where we need to do better, wanted my input and took notes.

One let me know that she is a Ruler. She knows. She tells. You obey or will be demeaned.

The Other’s actions and attitude told me she is a Leader. She listens, seeks input, builds alliances and seeks compromise so we can take action on the tough issues. She is not threatened by an idea different from her own. She embraces all of us.

The Ruler puzzles me. She knows that one of the primary duties of the City Council is the enactment of the City’s annual budget. Council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending be it for streets or travel or whatever. During her almost six years on City Council, she has voted to approve every budget, every expenditure, every fee, every tax increase. And now she is complaining about the very things she has repeatedly approved. What does she really stand for?

The Leader has the support of important groups, like the police and fire departments, community leaders, local businesses, realtors, unions and so many diverse residents in our community. People want to work with and for her. She is the one who will advance Auburn in a positive way.

Please join me in voting for the Leader – vote for Nancy Backus.

– Marie Lyndemere

More in Letters to the Editor

Does loading the nation with guns make it safer?

I find it telling that Mr. Malinski’s May 24 letter (“Stricter gun… Continue reading

A costly effort

Green New Deal, right. Nothing “green” about it – a massive wind… Continue reading

Trump doing all he can to make America great again

Impeach. Impeach. Impeach. Since day one when President Trump was officially elected… Continue reading

Time is now to embrace Green New Deal

Climate change is happening here and now – recently with record fires… Continue reading

Trump watch: investigate, don’t impeach him

I believe in investigating Trump. Congress must do this, but I don’t… Continue reading

Leadership and homelessness

The KOMO special “Seattle is Dying” validates the homeless crisis. … ”Whether… Continue reading

Senator’s sorry remarks reflect divided Olympia

Sen. Maureen Walsh’s comment about nurses spending their day playing cards after… Continue reading

Budget needs to be prioritized

I agree with Councilmember Largo Wales concerning city budgeting (“Financial situation not… Continue reading

Really above the law?

Really above the law? Bob Roegner’s article (“Are sheriffs above the law?”… Continue reading

There are bigger issues than plastic bags

I am glad to hear from last week’s paper that Sen. Mona… Continue reading

A thank you to Reichert, Schrier for supporting causes

Great to see former Congressman Reichert honored for his hard and often… Continue reading

Let’s stay on standard time

Daylight saving time should not be year-round in Washington state as proposed… Continue reading