By now, I can only hope that you are all aware of and familiar with Mason County's most controversial: Timothy M. Sheldon. While you have probably never seen him at a charitable occasion or community related event, I assure you that he is currently both a Mason County Commissioner and a State Senator (which some contend "violates RCW 42.52.020") For these two public offices he has a salary from the taxpayer of well over $100k. It should be noted that he is infamous enough to have his own Wikipedia page, but that most of the information there is disputed and therefore unreliable. Here is some interesting information on the fellow that is undisputed fact:
1. Don't let the suspenders fool you. While Tim may "play" logger on the weekends, he is Ivy League educated (University of Pennsylvania) and holds an MBA from The University of Washington.
2. There's more than lint in his pockets. His family owns extensive amounts of timberland, of which he is a general partner...also let's not forget about the 100+k of our money- per year.
3. Tim Sheldon is NOT a Democrat. Contrary to what it may say on your ballot, Tim is a Republican. He has consistent right-wing view points including "nay [votes] on stronger car-emission standards, nay on stem-cell research, nay on strengthening unemployment-insurance benefits, and nay on gay-rights." One that consistently votes with the Republican party is not a "maverick", they are a Republican. Additionally, he was elected to the Mason County Commission in 2004 as an "Independent."
4. Last, but certainly not least... Here is a quick look at Timmy's campaign for this year's State Senate race...be warned this info is not for the faint of heart ethically.
-He has payed his daughter/campaign manager that lives in Seattle $10,000 to date. It must be tough working on the campaign day in and out from such a far distance. http://www.pdc.wa.gov
-He has a $500 contribution from John Quigg (owner of Quigg Bros., Inc.- an out of district gentleman whose construction company was coincidentally awarded a contract to repair the Purdy Creek bridge here in Mason County-a $15 million project) http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/
-He has taken $1600 worth of contributions from Washington Beverage Association AND has coincidentally voted nay on S.B. 6143 to have a temporary tax increase on carbonated beverages (which is naturally what WA Bev. wanted him to vote).
can you say cash and carry government?
-He has $1600 worth of contributions from Avista- operator of the Kettle Falls biomass incinerator. And he is not trying to bring one here? Add to that list contributions from Weyerhauser, Port Blakely Tree Farm, Energy NW and others with a vested interest in the success of biomass in Mason County. Can you say unethical conflict of interest?
-He has massive out of state corporations pumping thousands into his campaign every day. The short list (for his votes perhaps?):
-Big tobacco giants Phillip Morris and Reynolds American
-Retailers hoping to get Sheldon's liquor privatization bill passed such as Walgreens, Walmart,
- 7-11, Inc- The same company he "joked" about coming to Mason County on King 5 news last week.
-BNSF Railway Co.
-Johnson and Johnson
-BP America Employees PAC
Need more? just visit his public disclosure site http://www.pdc.wa.gov
In summary, it seems (and this is just my opinion) that this is an elected official we need to replace. His concerns are clearly centered on his ability to use his public office for personal gain and to aide rich companies in their quest to become wealthier at the expense of the voters. He manipulates the loggers so they think he's one of them. He does the same to the Democrats. All I can say is 20 years of his "leadership" has gotten us where we are today- "dried up" jobs and less money in everyone's pockets (except for his, of course). I feel like I've been given a "hot lead enema" and Tim Sheldon pulled the trigger. It's too bad we will have him for four more years...