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Rename group for clarity

Following their endorsement on Thursday, Oct. 15, of Diana Wilhite for Spokane Valley City Council Position 1, The Spokesman-Review printed a retraction stating that they had erroneously reported that Diana had been endorsed by the Spokane County Republican Central Committee, when in fact the SCRP had endorsed her opponent Brenda Grassel.

The following day Craig Eggleston, of the newly formed Republicans of Spokane County, had a letter published in The Spokesman-Review Valley Voice explaining their endorsement of Diana Wilhite. Craig Eggleston is the campaign chair of the Diana Wilhite campaign.

It would be best if the Republicans of Spokane County would change the name of their organization to the Republican Club of Spokane County, or the Spokane County Republicans Club, to avoid questions of their legitimacy as a spokesman in any official capacity for Republican Party members in Spokane County.

Rob Chase

Chairman, Brenda Grassel for Spokane Valley City Council

Liberty Lake

Elect experience at low cost

The Spokane Valley City Council regards the lobbying services it pays for in Olympia as absolutely essential to the city. The mayor has been emphatic about the need to be aware of legislation that could possibly impact our city. He has been vigorous in support of the Association of Washington Cities, the lobbying they do on behalf of cities, and is extremely proud of the time he spent in Olympia serving as president of the AWC. All of this representation comes at a price, be it dues, travel expenses or invoices for services.

If the goal is to be privy to what’s going on in Olympia, it’s hard to see the downside of adding the experience and knowledge of a state senator to our City Council, and it won’t cost a dime more.

Vote Bob McCaslin, position 5, Spokane Valley City Council.

Jim Scott

Spokane Valley

Grafos never lost integrity

I wanted to take this opportunity to tell everyone about my family, especially my father, Dean Grafos. I was raised in a family of honesty, integrity, hard work, commitment and generosity. My parents have worked and given back to this community for over 40 years. They raised a family here, built a business and will continue to live here no matter the outcome. I too, make the Spokane Valley my home.

As we approach the end of this intense City Council campaign, I am greatly saddened. My father, a hardworking, honest man, stepped into the spotlight with the hopes of making his community better, not for financial gain or power. However, there are those in this campaign who seek to win at any cost, even if it means destroying another’s good name. In a true test of character, my dad took responsibility for the wrong actions of an employee even though he had no knowledge of the situation. This happened over 30 years ago. I ask the voters to look past the personal attacks and ask why this is happening as we vote. This is too important an election to be distracted. Thank you.

Michelle Grafos-Hellhake

Spokane Valley

Last-minute attack a low blow

Although making a claim of not being a personal attack upon good candidate Dean Grafos, I find it ironic that two alleged religious icons of the community, Ian Robertson and Steve Wilson, would lower the bar of their Christian ideals and present a last-minute desperate attack upon Grafos. He is a candidate that dodges no bullets and addresses the issues pertinent to us all.

John Kallas

Spokane Valley

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