Letters to the editor for April 5, 2013

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Letters to the editor for April 5, 2013

Daugherty is best candidate for OTEC

To the Editor:

I’ve served with Nelson Clarke and Lynne Burroughs on the OTEC board nominating committee for the last two years. 

They honored me by asking me to chair, and in the course of this service I’ve gained a deep understanding of the enormous burden that is held by an OTEC board member. They work such long hours on difficult issues that might be considered largely uninteresting to many of us. Truly, we should heartily thank every one of the OTEC board members for their service to us.

Successful board members have a long history of service on other board and civic organizations, and have held leadership roles with distinction, have lengthy and deep ties to this community, and are accessible to community members. 

Randy Daugherty exemplifies these qualities, and is, in my opinion, the best board candidate. He successfully operates a century-old family business, has a strong education in business and accounting. He’s served with distinction as a leader on the city council as well as the tough City Budget Board and the 5J facility committee among countless other civic positions. A Baker City native, he’s available to all of us every day. Sitting at his office with the big window looking over Washington Street, he just couldn’t be more accessible.

I would like to take the opportunity to clarify the committee’s nominating process. Daugherty applied in a timely manner for the board position. He was our committee’s sole nominee, in addition to our beloved incumbent, Peggi Timm. Mr. Doug Dalton did not apply until the last minute after learning that Ms. Timm was about to resign.  The committee found him to be a viable candidate and added his name to the slate. I’ve learned that Mr. Daltons’ nomination has been described as being “hand selected by the OTEC Nominating Committee.” That is simply not true.  I want the record to be clear that Mr. Dalton was never the committee’s sole candidate.

Barbara G. Sidway

Baker City

Daugherty makes attention to detail priority

To the Editor:

We have known Randy Daugherty for many years both on
a personal and professional level.

His steady focus on all aspects of life make him the overwhelming choice for OTEC Board Position 9. Whether it be his professional life, his personal life or volunteering, he has always put attention to detail a top priority. We have often heard him say, “If you do the absolute best you can, that still might not be good enough.”

We know as an OTEC board director, Randy will put forth the time and effort necessary to represent OTEC members at the highest level.

Join us in voting Randy Daugherty, OTEC Position 9.

Steve and Cindy McLean

Baker City

Consistency key to Daugherty’s success

To the Editor:

My name is Ron Williams. I am a Harney County resident, local business owner and have been a customer of Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative for many years. 

I am writing this letter in support of my dear friend, loyal customer of mine, and a Baker City native, Mr. Randy Daugherty. Randy is the owner of Baker Garage, Inc., and this year, he has been nominated as a candidate for a position on the OTEC Board of Directors.

I personally believe that Randy is a highly qualified candidate for this position. 

His work ethics, outstanding accomplishments, and professionalism that he has acquired through the success of his own business would be direct attributes to the OTEC Board of Directors, which effects all of us residents in Baker, Grant, Harney and Union counties.

As a business owner myself, I believe that the key to success is consistency (along with hard work and dedication, of course), which Randy so effortlessly demonstrates. With this consistency, he also has the knowledge and talent of working with the public, and would truly be a benefit to this board.

You can read more about Mr. Daugherty in his profile in the April edition of the Ruralite. Please contribute to this election for the best interest of our communities.

Join me in voting for Randy Daugherty OTEC Board, Position 9.

Ron Williams

Hines