Leo Bowman was acclaimed as a Benton County commissioner for his 16 years of service, and I've known him longer.
Nevertheless, I occasionally still discover aspects of Leo's character that impress me and make me think, "This man's character is the kind public office holders should have."
He quietly does nice things for people just because he can. I didn't know until recently, for instance, that for years Leo has bought and donated school supplies for indigent kids. Several bags at a time, more than he could carry in a single trip.
Hardly anyone knows that on early Sunday mornings, Leo reads the Tri-City Herald to blind Tri-Citians over a special radio network. In doing so, Leo makes sure vision-disabled Tri-Citians are not shut out of something most of us just take for granted. He does it because it needs doing and because he can.
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Character is what a person does when no one is watching and Leo does good things when no one is watching.
He does his homework and he puts others' interests before his own.
I think he's perfectly suited to serve as a Port of Kennewick commissioner.
JOHN YEGGE, Richland