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Letters of Support

 

Debra Lester and I worked together on many regional boards including Housing Kitsap and Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council. The Kitsap Public Utility District will benefit from Debra’s brains, vision and tenaciousness.  She will bring her energy and expertise to the KPUD moving the organization forward to better service models for the Citizens of Kitsap. She has my confidence and my vote.Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson

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With its expanded presence on Bainbridge Island, it will be great to have Debra as a member of the KPUD Board of Commissioners. Her past experience in City Government will be a great asset to all KPUD customers.—Former Bainbridge Island Mayor Val Tollefson

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I met Debra years ago when working on a project. Her attention to detail and making sure to get questions answered and clarification when needed makes her an incredible asset as a Kitsap Public Utility District Commissioner.Johanna Baxter, Silverdale

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I have know Debra Lester for over 25 years and was thrilled to hear that she has thrown her hat in the ring for Kitsap Public Utility District Commissioner. She has always approached her roles in public service from a grounded, common sense perspective with a keen eye on sustainability. She is ethical, sensible and a natural people magnet. She knows how to gets things done. Bridget Young, Indianola

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I have known Debbi Lester for over 25 years.  During that time she has consistently been a dedicated builder of community be it the arts community as the Publisher and editor of the Art Access magazine, her local community where she has served as a city council member an acting mayor of the City of Bainbridge Island.  I am positive she will be an insightful and productive member of the Kitsap Public Utility District Board of Commissioners.Alan Newberg, Bremerton

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She always has an open mind and a goal of achieving the best results for any organization with which she has been involved.Eric Fredricks, Kingston

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Please consider this my endorsement of Debra Lester for KPUD.Lynn Fleischbein, Silverdale

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If you wonder why anyone in her right mind would want to run for public office, then you need to meet Debra Lester. Her genuine care and concern for the citizens of Kitsap County—our community, our neighbors—and her desire to build strong partnerships to manage our water resources is at the core of her desire to be a Kitsap PUD Commissioner. We have known Debra since 1998, as a fellow parent, as a community activist, and as our city council member. Debra can intelligently sift through piles of codes and policies to find workable, positive solutions. She has an amazing ability to rally people—from the cautious to the opinionated!— around an idea and getting things done, whether it be a public park or reducing water utility rates. Debra understands how government works (and doesn't). And she is tireless. We think Debra Lester would make a great Kitsap PUD Commissioner. Please vote for Debra Lester! —Barry Hoonan and Jing Fong, Bainbridge Island

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We endorse the capable and highly qualified Debra Lester as the first woman KPUD Commissioner. No one will work harder than Debra Lester for her constituents. Trude & Michael Lisagor, Bainbridge Island

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I concur with the endorsements I have read supporting Debra Lester for Kitsap Public Utility District Commissioner. Debra genuinely cares and is concerned for the citizens of the County. She has a wide range of experience that will be a plus in working as a KPUD Commissioner. Debra is inclusive in her approach and works to build partnerships. Her focus will be on not only reliable utility service, but she will also affordability as well. We would be lucky to have her on the Commission. Jane Allan

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Solid, trustworthy, engaged, and informed.Michael Gormley

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I respect Debbi's commitment to environmental protection, her natural leadership, her willingness to listen and her vision for a healthy future.– Bobbie Morgan

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 Debra Lester is a real human being. When she looks at issues, she listens deeply, has her wide angle lens on, thinks critically and contemplatively, and checks in with touchstones that matter—like our future, and the common good. There are a lot of things I care about having to do with KPUD, especially our water resources. Knowing Debra is putting her energy there is good news for us all. I support her fully. – Christina Opalka

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Debra Lester is the best person for this job in every way as shown by all the energy, creativity and commitment I’ve seen over a number of years—I completely support her wish to take on this difficult and important job. —Marci Burkel

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Debbi will do what's best for the community.Diane Landry

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I endorse Deborah Lester for the position of Commissioner of Kitsap Public Utility District.Piper Thornburgh

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Debra is the best person for this job, period. —Linda Wolf

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I've witnessed Debra Lester speak at a number of City Council meetings. She has always impressed me with her clarity, thorough preparation and decency. No matter what the issue has been, she's presented with harmony and community building in mind. She LOVES the democratic process and is a path finder, a leader. I'll sleep better when she's elected!Deborah J Milton

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Debra is ideally suited to be our next KPUD commissioner. Unlike two of her opponents, she has elective experience, and she has a distinguished history of serving the people she represents with energy, creativity, and intelligence. She is endorsed by both the Bainbridge Island Mayor and the Mayor of Poulsbo, and I have personally never worked with someone so interested in her constituents' input and well being. I will be voting for Debra on November 8, and urge you to do the same!—Kim Hendrickson

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I am endorsing Debra Lester as Kitsap Public Utility District Commissioner because I believe that she has the vision and the skills to ensure that KPUD customers have affordable and reliable utility services. I believe that her experience makes her an excellent candidate with a proven track record of strong leadership and collaboration across the board.—Jennifer Vidal

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I have known Debbi Lester for more than 20 years, and in that time I have been immensely impressed by her relentless work ethic, her moral values, and unselfish service to the community. And I mean unselfish. Few people understand the amount of work and grief that is unfortunately part of the service to community she has fulfilled. She has consistently demonstrated her ability to build coalitions, and work with others in a calm rational way. She has always served in the interest of the people she represents. She is a community builder who lives among the people. She’s an entrepreneur who founded and manages one of the most respected arts publications in western Washington, while being a mother and grandmother. She has the experience, skills and intelligence we need, and the commitment to service to community, to be our Commissioner to the KPUD. I heartily endorse Debbi Lester for KPUD Commissioner.  —Dennis Fisher

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I could not think of a better person to be representing our interest in Kitsap county and Bainbridge Island. VOTE DEBRA LESTER!James Mayesky

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I have known and seen Debbi at work for the last 10 years. She approaches everything she does with integrity, energy, sound judgement, creativity, and a commitment to the well being of her community. As a city councilor, mother, and friend, she has shown the qualities to make an excellent commissioner, including a commitment to service. I endorse Debbi wholeheartedly and encourage you to give her your support.—Eric Kuhner

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Debra is not only completely up to date about all of the events happening on our island, she is totally informed in detail about the issues facing us in our region and holds a perspective to select the very best solution for the people. I think Debra will be an intelligent, informed, clear thinking and effective Public Utility District Commissioner.Amy Aspell

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We know Debbi Lester as a tireless worker for civic improvement. She has a long history of service to our government. My wife and I both heartily support her for Kitsap Public Utility District Commissioner.Kimara Sajan and B.Sue Johnson

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Debra has a long history of serving this community with tireless dedication. Her vision for change has reflected her creative thinking, focused listening and astute observations. This vision has been fueled by her passion and commitment to our community. I believe she will develop and utilize strategies that will not only serve our needs, but bring us to a greater understanding of the issues that confront us. Pam Lee

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Deb will work tirelessly in best interests of community. When she applies her creativity to difficult problems we can be assured we will have opportunity to evaluate effective, and at times less conventional solutions.—Sandy Fischer

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Debra Lester is of the highest integrity and certainly is the person to get this job done and done well. Debra knows how to take on projects and see them through. We are lucky to have such a high quality candidate.—The Black-Bryan-Brown family

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Thanks for taking this on!Bobbie Morgan

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Debra's extensive experience in local government makes her an outstanding choice for this important County government position. Kate Gormley

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 Debra is an effective organizer and has demonstrated her skills in keeping community needs at the forefront of her efforts. She has earned our trust and has my complete support.Jim Gleckler

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Debra Lester is a tireless advocate for our community who I believe will not only work well with others but also has the experience to be a great candidate for this position. Kate Matthews

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Debra combines the background and skills of the artist, business and government communities.Charles Schmid

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Debbi brings both passion and collaboration to her work in public policy, passionate in her advocacy, but at the same time, is willing to work with other people, to find moderate, common sense solutions to problems.Chris Van Dyk

 

 

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