The Times 

Spring for Port Commissioner


October 26, 2023

Letter to the Editor

We believe that Mike Spring is the best choice for Columbia County Port Commission, position #2, due to his extensive leadership, business, and community service experience: Mike has been the fire chief in La Grande, College Place, West Richland, and Hanford as well as serving as a fire Commissioner in Columbia County. He has been involved in running a family farm business and has owned and operated two businesses in Dayton for the past ten years. Mike is a member of the volunteer fire department, and he and his wife, Anne, are consistent and generous supporters of many events and activities in Dayton. 

A port commission position is non-partisan. Mike’s presence on Main Street allows him to be in touch with the pulse of the community, and his accessibility, openness, and willingness to listen to ALL community members’ views and concerns would certainly be plusses for a person serving as a port commissioner. Mike’s experience and ability to work with government entities such as city councils and county commissions- and elected officials would be plusses as well. With Commissioner Crowe leaving her position, Mike would continue to bring a perspective to help better balance that of the commission as a whole. 

Mike’s positivity, energy, enthusiasm, business experience, and skills enable him to carry out the duties of the port commission and make sound decisions regarding the economic future of our community. Please join us in voting for Mike Spring, Columbia County Port Commissioner, position #2. 

Jay and Kris Takemura

Dayton, Wash.


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