Who knew that Charter Review was a hobby so many people enjoyed?
Here we are on the last day for filing, and people are still signing up for the Charter Review Commission. One of them is Derek Medina, an attorney here in Port Angeles. He's involved with the local Democratic Party - and has been ever since he was recruited by Matthew Randazzo, if I recall correctly.
Also signing up today is former Port Angeles mayor Glenn Wiggins - who is also (of course) a Republican PCO. He's also yet another retired timber guy.
It's amazing how many of these old, old, old guys with their old, old, old ways still really seem to think they're the future. Here's a quote from Glenn circa 2002 (but I'll bet he still stands by it): "As Americans and leaders of the world, we must become smart very soon. If we allow extreme environmentalism to decide our prosperity or lack thereof as we have in timber, I am pessimistic about the outcome." That's from an editorial Glenn wrote for the far right website Citizen Review Online, in which he waxes poetic about an undervalued piece of logging equipment, while not seeming to care if forests get clearcut, species go extinct, etc. Marvelous. While mayor, I believe he also wanted to log the Fine Arts Center.
But on the lighter side...Here's a link to a video of Glenn singing a Frank Sinatra song. No, really. I'm as surprised as you are.
Update: Here's the rest of the crew who signed up to run for the Charter Review Commission...
Bryon Gunnerson, of Sequim...Seems to have made a ton of money in telecom-type businesses. Gave $7500 to Obama in 2012. He's the co-owner of Lamb Farm, which grows organic grains and garlic.
Sean Ryan, of Port Angeles...Ran for Director of Community Development at the County in 2010, and came in fifth out of five. Also ran for Fire District Commissioner (No. 3) last year and lost. But what you need to know is that he's been officially endorsed by Dick Pilling, our local whacko GOP leader.
Selinda Barkhuis, of Port Angeles, is the current Clallam County Treasurer. Selinda comes across as nice enough, but several of her co-workers have found out that, if you upset her, she will spread lies about you - like formally complaining that you've been inappropriately "talking politics" during an election cycle. So watch yourselves, folks - and yourself, Selinda.
Diane Haffner, of Port Angeles...The wife of Hugh Haffner from the PUD. If you like Hugh's lack of vision and leadership, well then, you'd probably like his wife, too.
Susan Shotthafer, of Port Angeles...Is, like so many others signing up, involved with the Republican Women of Clallam County. She donated money to Michele Bachman's congressional campaign, which tells me all I need to know.
Joe McGimpsey, of Neah Bay, is a Makah tribal member, and is involved with the Democratic Party. A couple of years ago he got screwed out of a seat on a state committee by Matthew Randazzo - who then failed to show up for a single meeting of said committee. Go, Joe!
Cheryl Williams, of Port Angeles...Is another employee of Clallam County, in the Health & Human Services department. Not a lot of information out there about her, other than that people seem to genuinely like her.
Rod Fleck, of Forks...Serves as that city's attorney and planner, and by all accounts, does neither job very well. He's also the 2nd VP of the EDC, which is probably not a good sign, either. I don't know if he's so much a GOP person as a GOB (Good Ol' Boy).
Ronald Bell, of Sequim, is an attorney and former member of the Clallam County Planning Commission. He was involved in a "big" controversy at the Sequim Chamber of Commerce in 2008 involving questionable memberships and Walt Schubert (who is pretty much always questionable). How many old white guy attorneys and/or timber industry representatives do we need on this thing?
Ken Hays, of Sequim, is the former mayor of that city, and is currently the VP for the EDC (see comments above). Though Ken's a thoughtful enough guy, I also have to wonder how many elected officials we need on this thing? Don't they have their say enough already?
Timothy Bruce, of Sequim...Yet another County employee, working as the Health & Human Services Planner. Those I've spoken to about this are shocked he's thrown his hat in for this, because they all describe him as being meek, retiring, etc. So that's interesting.
Marcia Farrell, of Port Angeles...For a change of pace, is a Democratic PCO. I found one article about her online that said she gave $400,000 to Obama in 2008. If that's true, she's obviously a very generous woman.
And Robert (Rob) Robertson, of Port Angeles...Has a name made to be confusing when seeking information about him. I did find one connection he seems to have to a Robertson Logging company, but that's a little shaky, and I welcome any information that anyone else has on him.
Of course, I welcome any information anyone has on any of these candidates. Is it too much to hope for that someone will host a public forum/debate that features ALL the candidates for the Charter Review Commission?