October 22, 2014
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
613 7th Street
Prosser, WA 99350
Choices for Assessor
To the Editor:
I find it interesting two of our three Benton County Commissioners have endorsed a candidate for Assessor with no appraisal experience. They have avoided looking at Bill Spencer's almost 14-year work history in the Benton County community and Franklin County Assessor's office which, upon review, reveals his integrity, loyalty, competency, responsibility, experience, skills, abilities and working knowledge of the job.
As a voter and property owner, I want to know our new Benton County Assessor has the complete skill set to perform the job. I don't want my piece of property to be assessed by someone learning as they go. No thank you.
Bill Spencer is clearly our best choice. Vote Spencer.

Deb Brumley

Benton County Assessor
To the Editor:
We are proud to support Mary Phillips for Benton County Assessor.
As a member of several professional organizations with Mary, we have observed her at her best in leadership roles. She is a good listener, works well on a team, is honest and fair.
Mary is the developer and manager of Benton County Geographic Information System which provides data and analysis to the County Assessor's office. She has vital knowledge of the entire county.
Mary is an active member of the community of Prosser and hopes to serve the county from the Assessor's office at the court house in Prosser.

Zan and Suzi Strausz

4th Congressional District
To the Editor:
Do we want change? Do we want predictability and consistency? Do we want someone we can count on and is dependable?
These are all questions I ask myself at every election time. To be honest, I want it all. That's why Mike and I decided last May we would support Dan Newhouse for the 4th Congressional District U.S. Representative.
I worked with Dan while he served in the State House and I served in the Senate. I found Dan's experience in the real world of business and farming contributed to his demeanor of listening, evaluating, and making decisions to serve the people who elected him.
Anyone who knows me knows I would only support someone who upholds traditional family values and someone I trust to support our U.S. Constitution. I want to send someone to the other Washington who will defend our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Notice I don't expect government to make me happy I expect government to allow me to pursue happiness. Dan is a pragmatic conservative who will work hard to defend our constitutional rights.
Since I've known Dan, I've found him to be a steady voice of reason, consistently advocating his ideas and conservative principles. I've said his approach to problem solving reminds me of my husband's approach listening, evaluating, decisive and I consider these attributes essential to effective leadership.  As a third generation farmer, devoted husband and father, and successful businessman, Dan is the one who will be effective for us here in central Washington. 
Please join Mike and me in voting for a true statesman, Dan Newhouse.

Joyce Mulliken
Moses Lake, WA
Senator Joyce Mulliken, Dist. 13, served in the WA State Legislature from 1994-2006

Auditor position
To the editor:
I am a current employee of the Benton County Assessor's office and would like to offer my insight regarding the race for that position.
Let me preface my statement with my intention is not to discredit the capabilities or reputation of either candidate, they are both fine people.
With that said, this position requires an Assessor with working knowledge of the process of real property appraisal. Bill Spencer is that candidate. I have researched both candidates' backgrounds and education.  Bill has 14 years of experience in the appraisal business, both private and public with his previous experience working for Franklin County. He has appraised commercial, residential, industrial and farm property.
We need Bill for his experience and knowledge. He understands the property valuation and the appeal process. I especially like his campaign promise of "I will employ proven and advanced technology to maximize efficiency in your assessor's office."
Please consider voting for Bill Spencer for Benton County Assessor. He is the most experienced candidate.

Tracy Peterson
Richland, WA
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