While recently in Spokane, candidate for Governor, Jay Inslee, endorsed Democrat Andy Billig for the Washington State Senate. Andy Billig is currently in the State House, but decided to run for the Senate when Democrat Lisa Brown announced her retirement. Here is a paraphrasing of Jay Inslee’s comments about Billig.
I am a huge Andy Billig fan. This guy is a leader who knows how lead organization and how to move it toward progress. We need that in the Washington State Senate. Andy success on the phosphorus bill was so stunning for a new legislator . . . to come in and seize that problem by the horns and get the done in such a short period of time. This is something Spokane should be proud of, and I am proud to be his friend.
Pat O’Neill is a rare breed. He is one of only two Democratic County Commissioner’s in rural Eastern Washington. How does a Democrat get elected in a conservative part of the State of Washington?
Pat is the kind of guy that is capable of seeing a problem and then solving it by pulling people together regardless of political party. When Pat was elected in 2008, the county finances were a mess, budgets were not balanced, the county repeatedly failed to pass its audits with the state of Washington, and little hope for new tax revenue.
Progress made by Pat O’Neill
Now, nearly four years later, books are getting balanced, the county is passing its audits, a new wind farm is being built by FirstWind and other economic development is on the way. Of course, Pat did not do this alone. Pat O’Neil was able to build an good working relationship with Republican County Commissioner Greg Partch to push through some major reforms. The two make a good pair.
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