Letters to the Editor

Partridge committed to safety, future of Auburn

For many reasons, I have chosen to commute on foot to my chiropractic office in Auburn for the past 26 years.

For 15 years, that commute has taken me along 105th on Lea Hill. It's a treacherous route, with poor visibility and narrow shoulders that are often covered by storm debris for extended periods. Many motorists routinely drive on these narrow shoulders.

Concerned about this dangerous situation, I have called the City, seeking a solution many times over the years. Each time I've been told," we'll look into it," with no results. I've even written, suggesting low-cost solutions and requesting a written response and gotten none.

Priorities do have consequences. There are measures that have been proven to save pedestrian's lives when implemented; however, all require some investment. When priorities dictate that the available resources are spent elsewhere, these measures are not implemented.

John Partridge runs the routes that I walk and is concerned about this and other safety issues. As past chaplain of the Auburn Fire Department, and with his work with the King County Regional Law and Safety Committee, he is committed to public safety. He is dedicated to resetting the priorities of City government and, to shaking up the "standard operating procedures" of city government, making City government responsive to its citizens.

Our priorities and our choices often have unintended consequences. Being concerned about pedestrian and public safety is important, as I'm sure both candidates for mayor are. However, it takes more than concern about serious issues to make significant change.

John Partridge shares these concerns and he is committed to making the necessary changes in the City's priorities and the ways it functions, necessary to make these changes. Please join me in electing John Partridge mayor of Auburn.

– Phillip Thompson, DC

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