Letter to the Editor: Vote for Bob Iyall and Joel Hansen
Olympia Harbor Commissioners are happy to spend millions of Thurston County taxpayer dollars on the private supply dock at Swantown Marina; the Big Blue Crane used less than 20 hours per year (instead of more than 1,000 hours to break even); buy a huge real estate complex in Lacey when the rental market is soft and the port cannot market the buildings it already owns; and lease 200 acres of flood-prone land and clear urban forests to build an Amazon-style warehouse near Bush Middle School, while overstating net cash by over $ 2 million in the port’s financial report.
Are they going to upgrade Tumwater airport for passenger traffic with all the road traffic and flight path noise that comes with it? Why are there no neighborhood groups in the airport study? Bob Iyall listens to the concerns of the people, while his opponent and his like-minded supporters support tax subsidies for big business.
Bob Iyall gets things done. Bob is an elder of the Nisqually Indian tribe and a companion of over 40 years of the Bricklayers Union. Bob has been involved in the economic development of Nisqually since 2009, when he returned to college and obtained his Masters of Business Administration. He joined the Nisqually Economic Development Board in 2011. Bob is now the CEO of Tribe Businesses which includes the Red Wind Casino and all small businesses which include construction, retail, telecom and hospitality. which employ 800 members of the Thurston County community.
When the former county and port commissioners refused to help bring broadband to the reserve, Bob and the tribe searched for options and installed their own fiber optics. New Thurston County Commissioners strike a deal with the tribe to lay fiber optics from Rochester to Littlerock and Gate. Can we hope the rest of South County will get this help?
The tribe has created a similar company at the port, but their business model is profitable and they donate 3% of their profits to local charities. The tribe’s income is much greater than that of the port, so Bob’s experience is perfect for getting the port back on track. Vote for Bob Iyall and Joel Hansen.
Florence Vincent, Tenino