We were a young family when we decided to move back to the Tri-Cities in 1981. Public investment in excellent schools, parks and economic development had made this place even better than when I was growing up. As a young mother I got involved in local government to ensure that the investments we made on behalf of the community were balanced; you need good roads and opportunity for business to succeed, but you also need open spaces and parks for recreational opportunity and health. Special places like Badger Mountain Park didn’t just happen; people who dared to be loud and bold pushed for this space to be preserved, and last year more than 200,000 trips up Badger were made.
Benton County citizens have an opportunity to act boldly to preserve the natural features, wildlife habitats and open spaces that make this place like no other in the world. You have a chance to be part of the proud legacy that our children and children’s children will enjoy far into the future. Please join me in voting yes for Prop 14-7 on November’s ballot. It’s our county and our future.