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ELECTION: Derek Kilmer understands average Americans

Letter by David Locey, Gig Harbor on Aug. 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm | 13 Comments »
August 15, 2012 2:21 pm

Many members of Congress are out of touch with the struggles of the average American during this time of economic hardship. Congressional leadership looks more like “non-leadership.”

Some of our current “leaders” openly state that their primary goal is to see that our current president becomes one-term president. That is not my idea of collaborative, democratic leadership or government by and for the people.

Derek Kilmer is an excellent congressional candidate because he is forthright, and he has exceptional leadership skills. He knows how to work both sides of the aisle to get things done. He understands the people from all walks of life.

Kilmer grew up in Port Angeles during a time of record unemployment. His parents were both schoolteachers. Those experiences led him to a career in economic development and helping put people back to work.

Kilmer attended college thanks to student loans. While working two jobs and paying off his student loans, he is raising two children. He and his wife Jennifer know the intricate dance of balancing the competing priorities in the daily lives of many adults: time with family, demanding careers and community engagement. He understands what life is like for the average American.

I believe Kilmer has the experience, judgment, character and work ethic to be a great congressman. He is a leader who will continue to make our state proud. That’s why Kilmer has my trust and my vote.


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