Local elected positions are technically defined as “non-partisan,” but that doesn’t mean the candidates are not aligned with a political party. They are, and it is important to understand which one because there is a BIG difference in how they operate.
First of all, Carol Brooker has been a county commissioner for 24 years. It’s a six-year term, so if she wins this time, she will have controlled this county for 30 years. That’s too long for any politician to hold power — Democrat or Republican. Elected people need to know what it is like holding down a regular job, and how hard it is to earn a decent wage. They need to experience the same challenges the rest of us face. No politician should make a lifelong career on the taxpayer’s dime.
Secondly, Carol Brooker is a Democrat, but she had been trying to hide it ever since Sanders County started voting Republican about 10 years ago. Before then, Brooker openly told people she is a progressive Democrat. This year, her big campaign ad included both a Democrat and Republican logo on it. That was a very deceiving stunt given her list of supporters, or where her signs are located, or who donates to her campaign.
And you will see that 99 percent of her support comes from Democrats, including the environmental extremists. She double-listed at least 10 people in the same ad to make it look like her list of support is bigger than it is. That same ad claimed that she is a straight talker. Seems like double talk to me. I’m voting for Paul Fielder.
— Robert Pierson, Trout Creek