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We deserve better city government

Sunnyside Councilwoman Theresa Hancock was for cutting police officers, before she was against it. She sat by quietly on Sept. 16, 2008 while her hand-picked city manager briefed her and the rest of the Council about cuts he was making to the police force in Sunnyside.

Not once, did she voice a concern about this. In fact, at the meeting, she seemed more upset about the loss of code enforcement officers, than the fact that public safety was being compromised by laying off police.

Hancock was also in favor of the much maligned storm water tax. Not only did she vote for it, she complimented the city staff on what a good job they did, further saying that other communities would follow the Sunnyside model as well!

Now, she is running scared, and says she was leading the charge to have the bad tax scheme repealed. Another case of being for it, before she was against it.

In the case of the City Hall leadership implosion, Hancock was at the center of it all. She was part of the Council that forced out Bob Stockwell. After that, she and the rest of the Council had the freedom to recruit a new city manager, that would not have any ties to preceding Council members. After conducting a search, and getting their number one choice, they sold him out in only 11 months. Eric Swansen was fired by Theresa Hancock, and three other Council members, in a divided vote this past June.

All of Sunnyside's problems were being pinned on this new scapegoat by Theresa Hancock. She was for Eric Swansen being city manager, before she was against him. Ms. Hancock always has someone to blame, while never looking in the mirror.

We deserve better government.

/s/ Jason Raines, Sunnyside

(Editor's note: Mr. Raines is Mrs. Hancock's opponent in this fall's General Election.)

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