Ralph’s disappointing tactics

I have been watching the election for mayor and have been pleasantly surprised at how professional the candidates have been.

They both seem to care more about our city and leadership and what is best for the community than degrading the mayoral race with lies and negativity. That was until I saw the mail last week.

I am incredibly disappointed at candidate Dana Ralph’s latest flyer to hit the mailboxes of Kent, and I contacted Jim Berrios about his record and her claims. What I learned was appalling. The flyer spins the truth.

Apparently, in the last few weeks of this campaign, candidate Ralph has gotten desperate and gone negative. This is such a disappointment and apparently just the tip of the iceberg regarding her and her team’s negative tactics in this campaign. I can only hope that voters realize that the mailer sent out is a further reflection of a lack of integrity and honesty.

Having followed Jim Berrios’ political career for several years, I see that he leads by example and isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work. From his service to others – choosing to serve those in need for almost two decades, over profits for his restaurant on Thanksgiving, to watching his thought process on difficult decision as a councilmember, I know him to be thorough, honest and considerate in making decisions.

I also know Jim to be professional and direct with his communication. He might not always agree with you but he will listen and learn. When Jim sees a problem, he gets the job done. Which is why he pushed for the formation of the Financial Sustainability Task Force, of which I was one of several volunteers, so that the city could hear from members in the community about service priorities, instead of relying on the pressures of interest groups.

There is no need for the nastiness and dishonesty coming out of Ralph’s campaign, and we need to be concerned that this is how her City Hall would operate. A vote for Jim Berrios is a vote for honesty, transparency and collaboration.

– April Sta. Rosa

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