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UK Against Fluoridation

Thursday, January 07, 2016

USA - Water-treatment proponents elected to top Port Angeles council positions with Patrick Downie made mayor, Cherie Kidd named deputy named deputy

PORT ANGELES — The City Council elected Councilman Patrick Downie mayor and Councilwoman Cherie Kidd deputy mayor through 2017 on 4-3 votes Tuesday after discussion that focused, once again, on fluoridation.

The council-member tallies were split down lines similar to the council's much-debated Dec. 15 vote to continue fluoridating the city's water supply — a decision that passed with Downie's and Kidd's support.

The votes for the city's top elected officials were met Tuesday with the same degree of derision from fluoridation foes who had packed the City Council chambers Dec. 15 and punctuated that session with booing and shouts of disapproval.

They have been blunt in criticizing the fluoridation decision, which went against the results of a survey of city water users that showed a strong majority of respondents wanted to end fluoridation.

“Step down,” shouted one council critic after Downie's selection.

“You don't respect us; we don't respect you,” insisted another.

Downie, Kidd and Councilmen Dan Gase and Brad Collins voted for Downie, the sitting deputy mayor, over fluoridation opponent Sissi Bruch, who until the Dec. 15 vote was supporting Downie.

Downie, Kidd, Gase and Collins also voted to continue to fluoridate the city's water through June 30, 2026.

Members of the audience who spoke at a lengthy public comment session following the votes referred to them as “The Fluoride Four.”

The same four council members voted for Kidd, a former mayor — for a second time not selecting Bruch....

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