I spend a lot of time working in remote places – interior Alaska, the Aleutians, lots of places where there are no roads and very limited access. One of the first rules you learn when you begin working in places like these is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Doesn’t matter if you think you can make it work better. Doesn’t matter if you think your way of doing it would be more efficient than what’s there. It’s always a mistake.
That same principle applies to the primary race for county treasurer for the Republican Party. Our current treasurer, Deanna Hall, has filled that position admirably for almost two years. She runs that office efficiently and with respect for her employees, other city hall staff, and (most of all) the public she serves. And, unlike many in office, she views herself as a servant of the public, not their master. Deanna is also active in the community, supporting numerous party functions, and always with a smile on her face.
Deanna faces a contender in this election, someone who obviously believes she can fix something that, quite frankly, is running just fine and just the way Idaho County needs it to run. I never see this contender at other Republican Party functions. I’ve only seen her at a couple recent central committee meetings, where, surprisingly, she never seems to stick around to answer any questions. Like the novice working in the bush, it seems she wants to fix something that doesn’t need fixing.
Let’s use what we know works, something that has a proven track record. Please join me in voting to keep Deanna Hall working as our county treasurer on May 20.
Jon Menough, Ph.D. P.E.