Sue Forde takes on challenge of race for Clallam County Commissioner District 1

April 23, 2003

Press Release from Sue Forde

Clallam County, WA - After careful consideration, and at the urging of my friends, I have decided to enter the race for Clallam County Commissioner, District 1. It's time for "People First" with a common sense approach to constitutional and charter government.

Sue Forde

Lower Taxes - Ever-increasing taxes are a heavy burden on local citizens. Sue says she will work to "shake out the county budget" and find further reductions to non-essential services. She will vote "no" on any and all proposed tax increases. Inflation automatically generates tax income. Increased levies must be put to a vote of the people.

Regulation - Unnecessary, restrictive government regulation causes hardships on every citizen/taxpayer. Sue says she will work to reduce the regulations that are duplicative, and hold the line against more of them coming at us. Designing regulations because they "might" be required by future state action is time-consuming and unproductive. Sue will work to open up more opportunities for young families - more opportunities for new businesses - more opportunities for our seniors - a stronger economy so that all can realize "The American Dream."

Jobs - Our county is not private sector "job-friendly" nor is it small business friendly. She will work to make our county more favorable to new businesses, from those starting up here, to inviting others from outside the area. More business + more jobs = a stronger county!

"As a citizen, I am concerned about how government is spending our tax dollars. I witness waste, and an attitude of 'master' rather than 'servant'. I believe there needs to be a change toward "common sense" instead of "regulate, tax and spend."
-Sue Forde

Forde's background is education, business and getting the job done. She was an instructor in English, history, government and business classes, and she tutored English and grammar, taught Escrow courses at community college, and a variety of real estate seminars.

She was administrator for a private state-accredited music academy, helped develop the school curriculum and oversaw all facets of operation including budgeting.

Sue worked for 20 years in escrow and management. She was a Certified Senior Escrow Officer, involved in oversight and management of escrow accounts, handling numerous $1 million-plus transactions. Sue owned and operated American Escrow Co. for 7 years. Through her escrow experience, she is able to read and comprehend legal documents.

Sue was a Realtor with Century 21 Landmark, and a former member of the Sequim Board of Realtors. She owned and operated Windows of Heaven Christian Bookstore, which she later sold. She founded, owned and operated The Olympic Trader for 11 years, which she sold in March 2002.

Sue currently owns and operates Dynamic Graphics Website Design & Hosting Service in Sequim, WA.

Sue is a published writer, researcher, journalist and consultant. She is the managing editor, a volunteer position, for Citizen Review Online newspaper, covering local and statewide issues.

Sue understands all phases of running retail and services businesses, with personal knowledge of small business, employees, taxes and payroll, and the impacts of regulations upon them.

"Having researched and covered local and state politics over the past 9 years, I understand the issues that currently face Clallam County", Forde states. "I have attended hundreds of public meetings and heard all sides of the issues."

Sue's community involvements includes multiple positions in the Clallam County Republican Party, member of Olympic Bible Fellowship, member of the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America; volunteer researcher for North Western Research Institute; Former member Kiwanis Club, former board member and secretary of the Boys and Girls Club; and past president, regional escrow association, and charter member of the American Escrow Association, covering 5 states including Washington.

Married to Bob for 14 years, together they have six children and nine grandchildren. They raise and breed Saanan milk goats. Sue played keyboard in a '50s/'60s rock 'n roll band, and she enjoys pottery, playing classical piano, crocheting, gardening, photography, reading and history.

Sue says, "As a citizen, I am concerned about how government is spending our tax dollars. I witness waste, and an attitude of 'master' rather than 'servant'. I believe there needs to be a change toward "common sense" instead of "regulate, tax and spend."

"I will soon be going door to door to personally meet the public face to face, answer questions, and ask for "their vote."

The campaign may be contacted at Sue Forde for Commissioner, P. O. Box 3457, Sequim, WA 98382. Phone 360-683-1978 or email or visit Sue's website at:


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