Letter to the Editor: Vote for Bob Iyall and Joel Hansen


The Port of Olympia’s commissioners are happy spending millions of Thurston County taxpayer dollars on the Swantown Marina private fuel dock; the Big Blue Crane used under 20 hours a year (instead of 1000-plus hours to break even); buying a huge building 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 forest to build an Amazon style warehouse near Bush Middle School, while overstating net cash by over $2 million in the port’s financial report.

Will they upgrade the Tumwater airport for passenger traffic with all the ensuing road traffic and flight path noise?  Why are there no neighborhood groups in the airport study?  Bob Iyall listens to the concerns of the people, while his opponent and likeminded backers support tax subsidies for big business.

Bob Iyall gets things done. Bob is a Nisqually Indian Tribal elder and a 40-plus year journeyman with the Bricklayers Union. Bob has been involved in Nisqually economic development since 2009, when he went back to college and received his master’s degree in business administration. He joined the Nisqually Economic Development Board in 2011. Bob is now the CEO of the Tribe’s enterprise businesses that includes the Red Wind Casino and all the small businesses that include construction, retail commerce, telecommunications and hospitality that employ 800 Thurston County community members.

When the old county and port commissioners refused to help bring broadband to the reservation, Bob and the Tribe looked for options and are laying their own fiber optics. The new Thurston County commissioners are inking 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 created a corporation similar to the port, but their business model is profitable, and they donate 3% of their profits to local charities.  The Tribe’s revenues are much larger than the port’s so Bob’s experience is perfect to put the port on the right track. Vote for Bob Iyall and Joel Hansen.

Florence Vincent, Tenino


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