PORT ANGELES Two candidates vying for a seat on the Port Angeles
City Council agreed Tuesday the city should eschew second-class
status and encourage economic development and weighed in on an
avigation easement for William R. Fairchild Memorial Airport.
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski disagreed on how to
answer a Nov. 7 advisory vote on fluoridated drinking water,
annexation and other issues during a Port Angeles Business
Association forum at Joshuas Restaurant.
Wawrin and Wojnowski are running in the November general
election for Port Angeles City Council Position 3, a four-year
nonpartisan position held by Mayor Patrick Downie. Downie is not
running for re-election.
Schromen-Wawrin, a Port Angeles native and a lawyer, was a
Democratic Party precinct committeeman and recent president of the
Clallam County Bar Association.
Wojnowski, a Chicago native who was raised in a Polish
household, is maintenance manager for the Dungeness Meadows Home
I dont believe that we should be fluoridating the water,
The City Council voted 4-3 last August to stop adding fluoride
to the municipal water supply, ending a 10-year-old practice.
Downie, who voted in December 2015 to continue fluoridation,
cast the deciding vote last summer.
I believe that we dont know how much [fluoride] we all need to
intake, Wojnowski said.
And given the fact that none of us really know how much is
required, personally I dont think we should just be blanketing it.
But again, thats for everyone to decide on their own.
Schromen-Wawrin said he had a more nuanced view on fluoride,
saying the chemical has been shown to improve oral health and that
he uses fluoride in his daily dental regime.
Schromen-Wawrin said he would personally vote no on the advisory
vote but listen to the will of the voters and act accordingly,
provided he has assurances that the city would not put lead and
arsenic in the water.
Weve been gridlocked for too long and we need to move on from
this issue, Schromen-Wawrin said.
I think at this point this issue has been tossed to the will of
the people, which is not necessarily the best way to decide public
So in that regard, I think Id vote with what the voters said,
with my caveat that Im not going to be putting lead and arsenic in
the water supply in a knowing and intentional way.
Wojnowski said he will oppose fluoridation regardless of the
People can voice their opinion vot...