Readers are encouraged to vote for Randy Gaylord for prosecuting attorney in the Nov. 6 election. Only Randy has the ability, experience and true Democratic values that merit your vote.

We are astonished when people state they support his opponent Nick Power because he is a progressive Democrat, and supporter of Bernie Sanders. Those who believe this have been duped. Power’s actions don’t match his words.

In the five years he has been an attorney in Friday Harbor, Power joined the unsuccessful efforts of local property rights and anti-environmental protection individuals and organizations.

He challenged the critical areas ordinance, opposed the charter reform and brought a frivolous lawsuit to unseat Jamie Stephens. Power still owes the county $10,000. (Editor’s note: Power maintains that in general, he did not oppose CAO, and that he was in favor of some of the charter amendments. He told the Journal that the Stephens lawsuit is now before the Washington Supreme Court.)

More telling is Power’s legal representation of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and Glen Morgan, both ardent opponents of labor unions and Democratic and progressive candidates and organizations. Power represents the EFF in protracted legal proceedings in King County against Service Employees International Union 775. Power also represents Morgan — a former employee of the EFF, now the executive director of Citizens Alliance for Property Rights — in four lawsuits in Thurston County against the Island County Democrats and the 11th, 43rd and 46th Legislative District Democrats. To receive a copy of the corresponding court documents, email [email protected].

As they say, you can learn a lot about a person by the company he keeps. The EFF is so radically antilabor that its website brags that it doesn’t even recognize Labor Day as a national holiday. And Morgan has been engaged in a campaign of partisan harassment of anything Democratic over the last few years, including filing hundreds of complaints with the Public Disclosure Commission against Democratic candidates, organizations and elected officials. None have been filed against Republicans. No wonder the San Juan County Democrats have endorsed Randy Gaylord.

David Dehlendorf, San Juan Island

Judy Scott, Orcas Island

Learner Limbach, Orcas Island

Mac Langford, Lopez Island