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So often my choice at the ballot box is between my ideal candidate and the least of two evils from the two major parties. Knowing that voting for that third candidate could cause the worst candidate to be elected, I hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils.

But this election for Benton County commissioner is a refreshing change. This ballot possesses a unique opportunity for voters to choose the very best county commissioner. There is only a Democrat running for this position and so we can choose our best candidate without the risk of allowing a worse candidate to be voted in.

As a former city councilman, Max Mania has the experience in local government that is critical to successful leadership. I think we've all witnessed from the White House over the last two years what a disaster it can be to elect someone without governmental leadership experience.

And just as important, Max possesses the progressive values and vision that Corvallis needs to lead our state in implementing policies that will strongly encourage a more sustainable Benton County. We need a county that truly reflects the values of the majority of Benton County residents and Max understands how to make that happen.

We are fortunate this year to have an opportunity to vote for the most qualified and progressive candidate without the risk of enabling the wrong person to be elected. I urge you to take that opportunity this election and vote for Max Mania.

Dave Toler

Corvallis (Oct. 4)

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