Letter: Astoria Needs Jones’ Leadership

Reprinted from The Daily Astorian

Laurie Caplan re Bruce Jones
Published on October 26, 2018 9:13AM

The Astoria mayoral debate on Oct. 10 made it easy for me to decide that Bruce Jones is the person I want to lead our city forward. Michael “Sasha” Miller moved everyone with his advocacy for Astorians who are poor, mentally ill, or without housing. Dulcye Taylor added imagination and entrepreneurship to the conversation.

Bruce combines the best of Sasha and Dulcye — plus abundant other skills and experience. Throughout his 30-plus year Coast Guard career, people trusted his integrity, positive outlook, and sense of responsibility. They trusted him with their lives.

Now as an active volunteer, including serving on City Council, Bruce understands the spirit and needs of Astoria. Bruce was chief of strategic planning for the Coast Guard before transferring to Astoria in 2011. This tells me he’s just the person to help City Council set achievable goals and steer the right course for our beloved town.

He’ll provide effective leadership so Astoria can deal with more tourists, more people seeking affordable housing, more sea lions and deer — and of course, for an earthquake and tsunami. Should disaster strike us, Bruce’s emergency response leadership with Hurricane Katrina and waterway pollution will serve us well.

I encourage you to listen to the podcast of the mayoral debate at bit.ly/AstMayor. Visit his website: brucejonesformayor.com.

Most importantly, join me in voting for Bruce Jones for mayor. Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Nov. 6.

Laurie Caplan

Astoria