Commissioner Melissa Cribbins has some competition for the number three commission seat. Coquille resident Matt Rowe filed Friday to take a run at her in the upcoming May election which means he will have barely two months to present himself to the voters. The politically ambitious Rowe hasn’t even finished his first term as Coquille’s mayor and has been putting out feelers for months and was rumored to be considering a run for state representative. When incumbent Wayne Krieger decided not to retire, Rowe evidently decided to switch his attention to the county commission.
In addition to working for the school district as a school bus driver, Rowe also distributes papers for The Sentinel. According to his neighbors, however, all too many copies of The Sentinel wind up in the communal dumpster. May we ascertain that Rowe is just too busy for recycling?
Considering her formal educational background, Cribbins performance as a commissioner has been underwhelming, in my opinion. Rowe, however, would not be an improvement and lacks the maturity necessary for any job requiring critical thinking and cool deliberation. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the first debates or public forums, they should be pretty entertaining.