DECISION 2018: Okanogan County Commissioner • District 3



Salley Bull

(Prefers Independent Party)

Age: 63

City/town: Oroville

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Salley Bull

Why are you the best choice?

As a hardworking, organized, and dedicated woman, who has a deep concern for the future of all our grandchildren, my experiences, gained by being on county and city boards, scholarship foundations, and service groups, have been an excellent educational background that will be necessary to become a good County Commissioner for the North County. Current memberships include Okanogan County Planning Commission, Okanogan County Board of Equalization, Oroville Library and Community Board, Oroville Scholarship Foundation, Friends of the Oroville Library. I come with civic cooperative experience and knowledge of governmental processes. I am ready to work on our county’s problems.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

Having a long family history in North County – 4 generations, plus children and grandchildren are here, too – and having lived in Oroville, Tonasket, Loomis and North Pine Creek, I understand the special problems of each area. I know that they differ in economic base, tradition, and history - but they, and the rest of North County areas have much in common: agricultural based economy in a rural setting with close natural recreational access. I have always taken a leadership role to help out each community, and I am well known as someone who can “git ‘er done.”

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

North County has the highest unemployment rate, highest poverty rate with 80% or more students receiving free and reduced meals, one of the highest pregnancy rates – and these numbers are for Okanogan County, and Okanogan County is ranked 7th from the bottom for poverty in Washington. The time has come to address our poverty issues seriously – not just sigh and shrug it off. Training opportunities are available for workers. Wage-sharing and apprenticeship programs exist for employers. We need to actively court out-of-area light industries to relocate here. We don’t need to invent the wheel. We’ve just got to get it rolling.



Jim DeTro

(Prefers Republican Party)

Age: Not Provided

City/town: Tonasket

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Jim DeTro

Why are you the best choice?

Am I the best choice for the position? I will leave that up to the voters of Okanogan county. I care deeply about the county. I will continue to fight for the Custom, Culture, and Economic stability of Okanogan county, as I have for a good part of my adult life, including the last 7 1/2 years as your County commissioner.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

I believe that 7 1/2 years of experience in the position definitely sets me apart from my opponents. Every day I learn something new. It is a challenge to keep an open mind on so many issues that are controversial. I constantly remind myself about a piece of advice that my father gave me “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgement.” I am proud to serve on all the committee seats that I am on. Two of my long standing seats I am still serving on are NACO (National assoc. of Counties) Public Lands Steering Committee, and WFAC (Wildland Fire Advisory Committee). We have made great strides in bringing back Initial Attack, as you can notice by driving by the Omak airport. this is a direct result of our WFAC, and our New Public lands Commissioner taking action as a result of advice from our committee!

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

Definitely the Budget! We have a $22 million dollar current expense budget. With the continual stream of unfunded mandates coming from the Big concrete puzzle palace in Olympia, and health and Welfare challenges as well as the ever growing cost of criminal defense, it takes many agonizing hours to keep a balanced budget.



Robert Fuchs

(Prefers Independent Party)

Age: 53

City/town: Oroville

Why are you the best choice?

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Robert Fuchs

Not being connected to any political party is what makes me the best choice for county commissioner. I bring a new perspective to old problems, allowing me to see new solutions.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

At first glance it seems that being the new guy with less experience places me at a disadvantage, however I do not agree with that. My level of experience gives me the chance to view the counties issues through fresh eyes, and without a set opinions. This is what sets me apart from my opponents.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

The biggest challenge we have is creating more revenue for the county. Increasing our revenue will provide more money for hospitals, create more jobs, and polish up our infrastructure. As well as build youth centers to keep our future leaders.



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