When filling out your ballet this election, please take careful consideration to vote for your next PUD Commissioner. Arie Callaghan is a phenomenal candidate to represent the ratepayers. He’s a hard worker, with practical common sense when it comes to spending others’ money. He’s worked in a management position for many years and understands the concept of careful spending in these tough economic times, when a rate increase would affect his family as much as yours or mine. I respect his personal values and trust his choices and decisions. What our economy needs is someone without the “elected official” attitude. We need a commissioner who runs a private budget, where raising the rates are not the option, but instead making the budget work from within. I believe in just such a philosophy, and think Arie will be a top-notch commissioner.