When the official filing period opened Monday, John Komen entered his candidacy for the non-partisan position of commissioner of Mason County Public Utility District 3. He is running for a six-year term from the 2nd District on the three-member Board of Commissioners.
“The thrust of my campaign will be the abysmal voting record of the incumbent commissioner I intend to replace,” Komen said.
“The incumbent’s swing vote in costly two-to-one decisions was directly responsible for spending $41 million to move PUD 3 headquarters out of Shelton,” said Komen. “He was also the vote to add another $71 million to the public utility’s debt.
“These are just for starters. His egregious record is a direct cause of higher electric bills. “The thirty-two thousand Mason County citizens who own this public utility cannot afford this incumbent commissioner to continue,” Komen said. “He must not be permitted another six years to cast more costly and careless votes.”
Komen said his executive experience during his 40-year career in journalism will add value, responsibility and common-sense to the policy-making commission’s duty of overseeing operations of PUD3 and its 118 employees.
He will self-finance his campaign. “I want your support, not your cash,” Komen said. “I have the motivation, the resources and the time to serve the people of Mason County.”
Komen is a writer, commentator and close observer of county government. He and Diane live on Mason Lake in a home they built in 1982 on property they’ve owned since 1962. His journalism career began with The Associated Press, included anchorman positions on Seattle television stations KOMO-TV and KING-TV, two years as a national network correspondent for ABC-TV in New York and 19 years with The (Tacoma) News Tribune where he served as editor and editor of the editorial page.
May 12, 2014
John Komen 1390 E. Mason Lake Drive West
Grapeview, WA 98546-9576
Telephone: 360 426-5416
Cell phone: 360 471-3550
Website: www.JohnKomen.com (under construction)
May 13, 2014/Press Release