I recently met Rud Browne, a candidate for Whatcom County Council, and came away very impressed with his thoughtful intelligence and commitment to our community. Mr. Browne has a long track record for both creating local jobs while simultaneously committing to environmental protections. As a founder and CEO of Ryzex, his example rebuts the argument that creating jobs and protecting the environment are incompatible. Additionally, his experience as a businessman has provided him the opportunity to develop an array of creative ideas on how government regulations can be made more efficient. I am confident Rud Browne would bring an enlightened governance approach to the role of county councilman and urge you to vote for him.