The Benton County Republicans for the 15th Legislative District have written an open letter to the people of Benton County about the county commissioners and their saying that they have no authority to resist the governor’s stay at home orders. The letter reads, in part:
…Shon Small, Jerome Delvin, and James Beaver made the statement “The Benton County Board of Commissions does not have the legal authority to override the Governor’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ proclamation…” The Commissioners’ job is to oversee the county and also, we firmly assert, to protect the citizens from overreach of power by the capital. All three of our Commissioners are either willfully ignorant or just negligent in their role…
It is time to get business’s open and the people back to work. We firmly believe that every
person in Benton County is essential. We know there are veritable public health concerns and
those who ought to stay home, can chose to do so. The working people of Benton County
know what is best for them, not the Governor’s boot-licking Commissioners, whose income
rolls in whether they work or not. It’s time the Commissioners earn their paycheck and protect
the good and hard working people of Benton County from the bureaucratic double speak of
Olympia. The woes of King and Pierce County are not the identical worries of Benton
County; we are a different demographic, climate, economy, and culture. The citizens of this
community possess an undeniable right to make decisions autonomously from our State
government; to tailor our county government to serve the people of this area as is fitting to the
citizenry of this particular locality. Top down, authoritarian mandates from the capital are ‘one
size, fits the capital alone’ decisions – they are made without a thought of us here! We are
calling on the Commissioners to do what is prudent for Benton County; they are elected to a
very well compensated position, as a public servant, and ought to conduct themselves
Click here to download the letter in PDF format.
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled. You could still ask the commissioners to support such a resolution on your own.
There is an effort afoot to get the Benton County commissioners to sign a resolution in opposition to I-1639 similar to the resolution signed by Franklin County commissioners on January 29th. The organizer, Lisa Thomas,
will be presenting a copy of the Franklin County resolution to the commissioners at the March 5th, 2019 commissioner meeting. If you can attend to support this resolution, that would be great. The board meeting is at 9:00 AM, Tuesday, Mar. 5 at the Benton County Courthouse in Prosser.
On behalf of Benton County, as a United States citizen, I am requesting that you (elected to represent me) sign a Resolution (just like Franklin County did- first in the State) supporting our Sheriff, and our Constitutional rights.
These gun initiatives are unconstitutional. They are infringing (impairing) my right to bear arms. When you took office, you took an oath: it is your DUTY to protect my rights.
A Resolution by Benton County tells the State, that we support our Sheriff (the CEO of our County); because it is also his duty to protect my rights and uphold the Constitution.
I have attached Franklin County’s template. I will draft my own and will be bringing it to Tuesday’s meeting to present during Public Comment- along with Radona Grossman-Devereaux who WROTE the repeal bill. Please be prepared to sign it.
You can send a supportive email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can’t make it to the meeting.
In a 2-1 vote on May 1, 2018, the Benton County Commissioners voted to ban new production and processing of marijuana. See Tri-City Herald story here. Commissioners Small and Beaver voted in favor of the ban, while commissioner Devlin voted against it. The Tri-City Herald points out that unseating the commissioners who voted in favor of the ban is one way of reversing the outcome.
Referendums aren’t the only ballot box outlet.
Commissioner Shon Small’s commission seat is up for re-election this year and filing week begins on May 14. Mercer said marijuana supporters hope to run a challenger for the post that pays $107,000 a year. No one has yet announced plans to challenge Small.
The vote also reportedly gives Sheriff Hatcher more authority to enforce rules.