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CONGRESS: Flemming’s experience is needed

Letter by Mary Jean Hrbacek, Shelton on June 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm | 12 Comments »
June 20, 2012 2:33 pm

Stan Flemming, candidate for the 10th Congressional District, has maintained a medical practice as a family physician and served Medicare and Medicaid patients, a critical perspective in evaluating the effects of “Obamacare” or other changes in the health care delivery and payment systems.

As an Army Reservist, he was called to active duty, leaving family and private practice to serve in Kosovo and the Persian Gulf. He was awarded the Bronze Star and retired as a brigadier general. Few politicians have served in the military; they lack the background of training and mobilization experiences.

A member of a citizen’s group incorporating University Place and its first mayor, his team established the city organization from hiring to municipal funding. He was elected a state representative from the 28th District and currently serves on the Pierce County Council.

Flemming was a trustee on the board of directors of The Evergreen State College. He worked on a team that started and achieved accreditation for Pacific NorthWest University of Health Sciences in Yakima.

His experience in team building with the military, in health care and with the City of University Place shows he efficiently coordinates groups leading to successful conclusions. His leadership and problem-solving abilities are desperately needed in the U.S. Congress.

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