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PIERCE COUNTY: TNT cheers on the political machine

When Dale Washam was elected and thought to clean up the assessor-treasurer’s office, Kanly was immediately declared by the Pierce County political machine, of which The News Tribune is a willing participant.

Washam’s deputy, Albert Ugas, is now suing Pierce County, claiming conspiracy. The TNT article (11-29) left the meat of Ugas’ lawsuit unclear, opting to attack Washam and Ugas rather than engage any hard news. As a longtime voice for the established machine, this is not surprising.

What always seems to get sugarcoated is that the officers in the assessor-treasurer’s office weren’t doing physical assessments as required by

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ELECTION: O’Brien has stayed above the fray

I would like to comment on a letter assessor-treasurer candidate Mike Lonergan recently sent to several people, including some who are currently working in the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s Office. In it Lonergan expresses concern about the fact that Billie O’Brien is being supported by current and former employees of the office and by the Teamsters Union.

He expresses concern that, if elected, O’Brien may show undue favoritism to these support groups. I also feel that he is implying that she would not properly represent the taxpayers who elected her.

Lonergan’s concerns are certainly not valid. I have know O’Brien for

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ELECTION: Billie O’Brien a common-sense leader

Please support Billie O’Brien for Pierce County assessor-treasurer.

O’Brien has been my manager for about 10 years at the Assessor-Treasurer’s Office. She is highly qualified and experienced. She has been managing the office for several years now on both the appraisal and the administrative sides. She is well respected in the office and works professionally with customers, county officials and other government offices. She has high standards which she practices herself and can count on it from her employees.

O’Brien is a genuine person and public servant. She has demonstrated this consistently by helping long lines of customers. At tax

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ELECTION: O’Brien has valuable experience

You wouldn’t elect a sheriff who doesn’t have law enforcement experience. You can’t elect a county prosecutor who isn’t a lawyer. So why would you elect someone to run the largest appraisal shop in the county who has no experience in mass appraisal?

In the race for Pierce County assessor-treasurer there are two choices: Mike Lonergan, who doesn’t have any experience managing a mass appraisal organization, and Billie O’Brien, a seasoned property tax professional.

For 22 years, O’Brien has been an appraiser, segregation technician, supervisor, manager and acting chief deputy. She has successfully led the office while coordinating the valuation

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ELECTION: Vote O’Brien for experience over politics

During campaigns, I read many letters recommending that we “vote out the politicians.” Voters have that opportunity in this election. Electing Billie O’Brien as Pierce County assessor/treasurer will accomplish that.

O’Brien is not a politician. She is a dedicated public servant. With 10 years experience on both the assessment side and the treasurer side, she is the most qualified candidate in this race.

Her opponent states at forums that he is running because he had a calling. Did he also have a calling four years ago when he ran for county executive? Or is he just a politician?

O’Brien can

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ELECTION: Tim Farrell best for assessor-treasurer

Like many other seniors my age (I am in my 80s), it is my sole wish to stay in my home and not be forced to move due to rising taxes. This is one of the main reasons I am voting for Tim Farrell for Pierce County assessor-treasurer. He will make sure that seniors can maximize all tax advantages afforded to us by the voters.

Farrell also has the education and experience that the office is in desperate need of. He has innovative ideas concerning the office and will bring it into the 21st century. He will create a safe

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ELECTION: Lonergan’s leadership skills needed

I voted for Mike Lonergan for Pierce County assessor-treasurer because I am confident he will do an outstanding job. This office has been in a turmoil for several years because of poor judgment and leadership ability. We need a qualified person like Lonergan to restore order and good management to this office.

Lonergan has demonstrated leadership skills developed during 12 years as executive director of the Tacoma Rescue Mission; this will put him in good stead to manage the important office of county assessor-treasurer.

Lonergan has the support of elected officials in Pierce County and has received the sole, unanimous

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