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'I found Paulette Lichatowich one of the few sincerely dedicated individuals within the county who took a critical look at the many longstanding and questionable practices'

I have been a longtime resident, business owner and avid apiarist here in Columbia County. Our interaction within the county government was mostly limited to simple building and business permits.

However, in 2015 it was abruptly revealed to me that my farm was sitting atop the Mist Gas Field in which significant ''developments'' are being made around my home.

After years of ongoing research, questioning and dealing with both state and county levels, I have witnessed how complicit the county and state are toward environmental issues of any kind.

During this time, I found Paulette Lichatowich one of the few sincerely dedicated individuals within the county who took a critical look at the many longstanding and questionable practices within this county. Frequently, most of my concerns were met with passive dismissal by many. But not her.

In the enclave of otherwise indifference and self-interest, Mrs. Lichatowich has shown a keen eye, interest and genuine concern for the future of Columbia County. As such I am supporting her as a candidate for county commissioner.

Samuel Semerjian

Vernonia

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