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Page C-2 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 2014 GENERAL ELECTION GUIDE - MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 :s new Challenger Byrd suspended campaign before primary, will still appear on ballot By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, corn The past two years have been both challenging and re- warding, said Mason County Commissioner Terri Jeffreys. "I love the work -- I work very hard and I hope that it's showing in the results," Jef- freys said. "I know our bud- get inside and out and when I make a promise, it's realistic (and) based on what can and cannot be done." Jeffreys, 53, a Timberlake resident, was elected in 2012 to fill an unexpired term for commission District 3. She is running for re-election in the Nov. 4 general election. Former Mason County Sheriffs Office Chief Dep- uty Dean Byrd filed to run against Jeffreys, but decided to drop out of the race too late to take his name off the pri- mary or general election bal- lots. In the primary, Jeffreys defeated Byrd with 52.3 per- cent of the vote. Byrd did not return a request for comment. Among the suc- cesses in her first term,Jef- Jeffreys freys listed thecreation -- with the help of the state Legis- lature -- of a tax incen- tive for de- velopers of multi-fam- ily, low-in- come hous- Byrd ing in Ma- son County and the creation of the new county Support Services de- partment. While she noted that the department's creation was initially controversial, be- cause it was approved weeks before the approval of the county's 2014 budget, Jef- i l AT A GLANCE: Mason County Commissioner District 3, 4-year term Terd Jeffreys Prefers Independent Party Incumbent For more information, go to www.terrijeffreys.org B. Dean Byrd Prefers Independent Party Challenger For more information, email dbyrd@hctc.com or call 426-0009 freys said it has helped the there were no instruction commission and county staff, manuals," she said. The Support Services de, In June, the Mason Coun- partment includes Human ty Commission enacted a Resources, budget manage- moratorium on commercial ment and county administra- marijuana producing and tion. processing in residential ar- "We get fiscal analysis ateas in response to concerns our request that is informed from residents living near fa- and professionally done," she cilities. Weeks later, the corn- said. "I anticipate that it's go- mission repealed the morato- ing to make the budget pro- rium. cess a lot easier." The county Planning Advi- Jeffreys said regulating sory Commission recently re- the new commercial marl- viewed the zoning for mari- juana industry in Mason juana growers and made a set County code was one of theof recommendations to the biggest challenges of her county commission. first term. "It's so easy to~ second- "There were no models, guess," she said. "We did have unintended consequences." Jeffreys also spoke about the difficulty of what she called the "legacy problems" of earlier County Commis- sloths, such as an audit find- ing on the county's equip- ment rental and revolving fund, negotiations with lo- cal labor unions and fund- ing shortfalls for the Belfair sewer. "It's hard to have to work through a problem you didn't create," she said. "It makes it difficult to keep my eye on the initiatives I wanted to move forward." In the future, Jeffreys said she wants to focus more on tourism, criminal justice is- sues, and the use of tax mon- ey collected under the coun- ty's one-tenth of 1 percent mental health and substance abuse sales tax. "We're probably going to have to do some retooling," she said, regarding mental health program funding. Jeffreys said she also hopes to work with the Eco- nomic Development Council of Mason County to increase retail development. "We have to grow our re- tail -- we send way too much money out of town," she said. Changing the other Washington isn't easy. Real reform never is. But leading by example is the best way to start. Voluntarily Returned His Salary Derek Kilmer fought against those in Congress who put politics ahead of the public and shut down the government last fall. When the shutdown caused shipyard workers in Bremerton and park rangers in Olympic National Park to miss paychecks, Kilmer returned his salary, too. No Budget, No Pay RJlmer is championing the "No Budget, No Pay" won't get paid when they don't do their jobs. Act so that members of Congress FOR CONGRESSJr6TH DISTRICT~DEMOCRAT I Paid for by People for Derek Kilmer, P.O. Box 1381, Tacoma, WA 98402 I DON'T FORGET-- GENERAL ELECTION BALLOTS ARE DUE NOVo4 '.'4 ' ,