Klamath County Commissioner and her mentor Bill Thompson.
One of the more difficult challenges I’ve had in my
professional career is running a political campaign as a new candidate for
Klamath County Commissioner in 2012.
While I had served as a treasurer for a District Attorney’s campaign, I
had limited knowledge of the inner workings of a campaign and zero knowledge
about how to be a candidate. I had
worked with Bill Thompson, the former Emergency Manager for the county, many
times over the years when I worked as a journalist. It was Bill who encouraged
me to run for office, and then supported me in multiple ways throughout my
campaign. Bill Thompson officially became my campaign manager in 2012. He’s now my campaign manager, friend and
Having someone with
a lot of experience in county government was invaluable to me as someone who
had never worked in government. Bill is someone I could turn to with technical
questions about Klamath County, as well as those not so technical questions
like, “Is this idea too outrageous to work?”
Bill was able to help me work through a problem-solving process to come
to a good answer. The thing is, Bill would always have the answer, but he
helped develop in me the tools to figure it out on my own, and, most
importantly, he is always encouraging.
If you have someone who always supports and encourages you, you know
that is something you can’t put a price tag on.
I don’t know if there has ever been, or will ever be, someone who cheers
me on with as much enthusiasm and loyalty as Bill does. Mentors are uniquely capable of bringing out
the best in us through their cheerleading, compassion, wisdom and support.