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Karen Crowe a candidate of substance for Maple Valley | Letter

Boy, all the letters to the editor supporting Noel Gerken are interesting.

Never before has the deputy mayor (Letter to the Editor published in the Oct. 21 edition) taken such a direct action in supporting any candidate. Of course, she has groomed and supported candidates in opposition to sitting council members when they ran for re-election.

I can only suppose Karen Crowe is mounting a strong enough campaign that Gerken is very worried. I hope he is worried. At the candidate debate on Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber luncheon Gerken came across as pompous and completely out of touch with the community. He whined that he hasn’t attended any chamber luncheons these last two years because he didn’t feel very welcome.

Hello Mr. Gerken, maybe there is a reason you aren’t feeling the love. Maybe it has to do with the lack of support you are fostering with our business community. Do you really expect to be able to kick the Maple Valley businesses in the teeth and still have them love you? You bumbled through the questions and answers whereas Karen Crowe was clear, concise, and well spoken. She was the obvious winner. I hope our citizens will discount your campaign rhetoric significantly and not let you manipulate this election.

Maple Valley does not need candidates who can simply buy the election by outspending their opponent. We need substance in our candidates and Karen Crowe has substance. She is no ones puppet and will serve all the citizens. I believe it is time for a change and Karen Crowe would be a refreshing addition to the Maple Valley City Council.


Linda Johnson

Maple Valley City Council member

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