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Letters, Oct. 23

Sparacino for mayor

For 37 years I was fortunate to have worked for the city of Medford, the last 10 volunteering on city budget committees. During this time, I worked with Randy Sparacino who, while employed at the Medford Police Department, attained a master’s degree in management and rose through the ranks to chief of police.

During this time he volunteered for numerous public service boards of directors. Upon retirement he was hired back as the city’s chief policy advisor.

Randy is a highly ethical, intelligent, motivated, goal-oriented individual. He has received hundreds of hours of executive management training. He possesses a collaborative work style and is a big-picture thinker who will provide guidance and leadership for Medford’s futuristic planning. Randy is undeniably the most qualified candidate to lead the city of Medford into the future.

Ron Norris, retired deputy chief

Medford

In support of Terrie Martin

This letter is written to support the candidacy of Terrie Martin to be our next Jackson County commissioner.

Families residing in Eagle Point experienced two significant power outages during a week when our community was threatened by the heat and horrific wildfires in our area. Many families prepared for an evacuation order that, thankfully, never came.

The Emergency Management Notification System failed the residents of our community during the precious hours when we lost all power and our landlines were inoperable. We were fortunate our mobile phones worked, but timely and critical information was unavailable.

Terrie Martin is currently gathering expert counsel to address this serious situation and the lack of relevant information available to the residents of our community. I vigorously support her efforts to improve the Emergency Management Notification System for our beloved Jackson County.

Myron Switzer

Eagle Point

Another Democrat for Dotterer

Dave Dotterer has superb qualifications for the position of Jackson County commissioner. First among them is his proven leadership, exhibited first in the Marine Corps and later in numerous local civic organizations.

Working with him some years ago on an Ashland citizens committee, I saw how he excelled in bringing together individuals with disparate views and forging a workable consensus. He respects others and listens well. When it is time for action, he moves forward with determination to achieve the common goal.

In my years as a senior Foreign Service officer, I observed these same personal characteristics in successful leaders in government, business, not-for-profits and other endeavors. A registered Democrat, I will be crossing party lines to vote for Dave. Please join me.

Eleanor Savage

Medford

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