At the Oct. 8 candidate forum held in Moses Lake, Casey Cooper failed to unveil the mystery about himself. He gave almost no concrete evidence about his experiences that would qualify him to be treasurer. He talked about being a former paramedic, and having been in the Navy. He talked about his family. He talked about the need for the treasurerís office to be partisan, rather than keeping politics out of it. He failed to tell us where he was a paramedic, where he served in the Navy, for how long, or what his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was. His life prior to coming to Washington remains a mystery. What jobs did he hold in Oregon which would cause the voter to think he has the experience necessary to serve as treasurer? Why did he not share information about his life prior to moving to our state?
Contrast this with Darryl Pheasant. Pheasant cited several examples of what he has spent 32 years in office doing for the people of Grant County. He talked specifics. He talked about his vision for the future. He talked about interagency cooperation. He talked about being fair to the many mobile home owners in our county. He talked about legislation he has sponsored to help the citizens of Grant County. In short, Pheasant did not have to pad his resume, or fill it with fluff.
Cooperís lack of experience is concerning to be sure, but even more troubling is the false claim made by him at a more recent candidate forum that he has been endorsed by State Treasurer Duane Davidson. Davidson has endorsed Pheasant, not Cooper.
Please join me in voting for Darryl Pheasant for Grant Country Treasurer. We need experience in the treasurerís office, and Pheasant is the only candidate who can offer that.
Michael J. Nordsten