I am writing a letter of support for John Smallmon, who is running for Municipal Court Judge in the city of Hermiston.

John has provided capable leadership to the Municipal Court for the last eight years and should be allowed to continue in this position. He has served the citizens of Western Umatilla County for over 40 years in various capacities. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and is a retired Navy captain.

I have served closely with John on committee assignments in various capacities on many occasions and know him to be a very capable leader who can bring about consensus opinion. He thinks clearly on complex matters and has always exhibited fair play and a sense of even handedness in my dealings with him.

I have also observed him in a court situation and know that he handles these matters efficiently and fairly.

I urge you to give John Smallmon your support for the Municipal Court Judge position.

Richard A. Flaiz

Hermiston

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