Over the course of this week, an anonymous group has been circulating documents as part of an increasingly desperate smear campaign against Kevin.
Even though the claims have been proven to be, “false, distortions or spin” according to Sam Taylor, Government Reporter for The Bellingham Herald, the Republicans and others have persisted with their negative campaigning. Taylor's article can be read here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/597735.html
According to The San Juan Islander, false allegations about the circumstances surrounding an arrest were posted on the local Republican party's website. A letter of explanation is posted below.
The San Juan Islander also address the attacks head-on here: http://www.sanjuanislander.com/columns/rumor-control/2008.shtml
The Bellingham Herald also endorsed Ranker this weekend, citing his ability to, “to spell out a clear potential answer” for most problems in the district. They also found his opponent’s answer to Lake Whatcom “unrealistic” and his lack of knowledge about local issues “unfortunate.”
Read the endorsement here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/315/story/598064.html
Kevin has 15 years professional experience in the private and public sectors, developing and advancing legislation, community development strategies, and conservation initiatives. He has directed numerous organizations and has specialized for several years in working to promote healthy, diverse, and strong communities and jobs, while protecting the environment.
Kevin was elected to the San Juan County Board of County Commissioners in 2004. During the past years, Kevin has taken on additional responsibilities that have allowed him to work on issues for the entire region, including Skagit and Whatcom Counties.
These commitments have allowed Kevin to represent issues ranging from senior citizen and veteran's needs, to agricultural preservation to health care, education and the environment. Kevin lives on San Juan Island with his wife and daughter.
A letter to the San Juan Islander debunking the arrest smear: LETTER: about rumor about Kevin Ranker
More information about Kevin can be found on his website: http://www.kevinranker.com/
Jason, Kevin's campaign manager may be contacted at Jason@kevinranker.com
Latte Republic's post on Smear Campaigns: http://whatcomforum.blogspot.com/2008/10/smear-campaigns-and-people-that-run.html