In 2010, I ran for the office of Clallam County Treasurer claiming that I could smell a rat in promising that I would not lose taxpayer funds. And boy, during the seven years I served as County Treasurer, I smelled me some rats! Publicly funded rats no less, running amok with Clallam County taxpayer reserve funds at the distinct expense of public duties and taxpayer rights.
But it turns out that, even though the County Treasurer is statutorily tasked with controlling courthouse rats “according to law,” the Office of County Treasurer does not come with any rat control.
So who to call? Everybody I called pointed me to the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney, even though I specifically identified him as one of the rats.
The Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney is not just any courthouse rat of course. His position makes him a particularly powerful rat. And his family makes him a particularly well-funded one to boot.
Be that as it may, the fact of the matter is that this election provides a once-in-a-four-year opportunity to call Mark Nichols out for being the courthouse rat that he is.
Yes, my issues with Mark Nichols and his cabal are still very raw and personal. But perhaps that is exactly the sort of motivation it takes to assume the insane challenge of running against such a powerful and well-funded incumbent.
What it ultimately comes down to, however, is that both me and Mark Nichols are, to a large extent, known quantities in Clallam County.
I stand on my record, which includes more than 5 years of an active courtroom practice as a lawyer in private practice and 7 years as twice-elected Clallam County Treasurer.
No doubt Mark Nichols will stand on his record.
I believe that the Clallam County taxpayers deserve better for their tax dollars than Mark Nichols.
I believe that I can do better as Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney than Mark Nichols.
Please elect Selinda Barkhuis Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney!
As your Prosecuting Attorney, I promise to:
- Restore competence and professionalism to the office of Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney.
- Hold true to my oath of office, my oath as an attorney, and my oath as naturalized citizen to support and defend constitutional and statutory rule of law (rather than, for example, support and defend administrative “loopholes” that eradicate $1.3 million in public duties and taxpayer rights).
- Let go of prosecutor deputies Alvarez, Wendt, and Kamerrer due to irrevocable conflicts of interest.
- Recruit prosecutor deputies to provide professional, conflict-free, and above-board attorney-client advice and representation.
- Work with the Board of County Commissioners and their new County Administrator to review the County’s administration of its policies.
- Work with the Board of County Commissioners and their Risk Pool Manager to review the County’s ever-growing internal “risk pool.”
- Review the County’s relationship with the Washington Counties Risk Pool.
- Review the Prosecuting Attorney’s handling of criminal cases.
- Carry my own case load.
- And aggressively pursue collection of amounts due to the County, not only under law but also under various contracts.
Come back for more…
In the meantime, thank you for your support and thank you for your vote!
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Port Angeles, WA 98362