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City of Walla Walla City Council Position 3

Term: 4 yr Salary: $4,800The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.
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Biographical Information

What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

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Phone (319) 541-6722
Email devonwootten@yahoo.com
Town where you live Walla Walla
Experience (300 characters max) My wife and I have moved all over the country for work and school. These experiences have exposed me to a wide variety of ideas and ways of looking at the world. I’ve learned to be patient, to listen, and not to dismiss the point of view of those who disagree with.
In the past twenty years, Walla Walla has developed a dynamic tourist economy. The benefits of this rapid economic growth has not accrued to everyone in our community. I am committed to working to develop new, affordable housing options as well as maintaining and supporting existing housing stocks.
I want to be clear - there is no easy fix to this issue. Homelessness is a symptom of larger, structural failures. I think it's helpful to think of addressing homelessness in three stages: 1) in the short term, the immediate needs of the most vulnerable need to be met - e.g., food, shelter, sanitation; 2) in the medium term, we need to work to help those in danger of sliding into homelessness by supporting access to mental health care, transitional housing initiatives, and job training; 3) finally, we need to address the lack of housing and social services that sustain and support those who struggle in our community.
I believe that local government should prioritize the most vulnerable; this includes the sizable senior population of Walla Walla.
I don't think that our local government has any role in the enforcement of immigration law. The city of Walla Walla should focus on serving the needs of any and every person in our wonderful town.
There's no doubt that tourism is going to be the primary economic driver of our town. We have to commit to a long-term, ongoing conversation on how we want to harness this energy to build and support our community.

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The most successful council members are those who are a conduit between citizens and government. Should I be elected, I would endeavor to listen to the diverse needs of every constituency in the town of Walla Walla.

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