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Franklin City Of Pasco District 3 Councilmember, District 3, Position 3

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.
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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 (509) 430-3068
Email smenorthwest@gmail.com
Town where you live Pasco
Experience (300 characters max) I bring almost 3 years of intimate work with the city of Pasco and the Pasco PD to bring about changes to the two most important
Pasco’s infrastructure problems are centered in the older part of Pasco, which lies south of I-182 and north of I-395. The older part of Pasco has been ignored as the city has spread North and West from it’s older roots. The older part of Pasco has been ignored for at least 20 years and now needs great repair. There is a perception that Pasco’s city government has abandoned the older parts of the city to develop the urban sprawl that has occurred in the Rd. 68 area and is spreading to Rd. 100.
Pasco has the only homeless shelter in the Tri Cities and it is at near capacity on a year a round basis. The Gospel Union Mission is set to begin building a new state of the art shelter that will dramatically increase the number of homeless that will utilize the new facility. The homeless issue will be helped by the addition of a new facility but that will only increase the number of homeless that will call Pasco home. Most surrounding areas send their homeless to Pasco now and the problem will on get larger. The homeless numbers and their location to downtown Pasco is a great impediment to the development of the business district of downtown Pasco.
Senior citizens in Pasco have very few choices in deciding where to live in Pasco even though Pasco has the lowest cost of living in the Tri Cities. Pasco is the youngest and fastest growing city in the state and is geared to providing services to the growing younger population. A retirement village or area would be a good idea to begin to develop as Rd. 100 begins to expand.
I believe it is pointless to try to address issues that can only be solved at the national level. I believe that Pasco must be a welcoming and inclusive city that protects its citizens rights but we’re not able to set immigration policy. I fully support the DACA program and believe that those recipients must be given the opportunity to stay in the U.S.

I see voter apathy as the biggest problem facing Pasco. The apathy is a direct result of the lack of communication between the current city council and the citizens of Pasco. Candidates were never required to actively campaign for a city council seat because most members ran unopposed and didn’t have to meet the people. Voter apathy has led to the failure of school bond requests and it’s having an effect on the quality of the education of our children.
Getting the city involved in the voting and selection process of electing a new more representative city council and looking to our citizens to help solving issues in our city.
I have spent the last 2 plus years working with the city of Pasco to change the voting process in the city to elect new city council members and I have also worked with the city and the Pasco PD in the development of a new training manual for its officers. I believe I will continue to use the same practices and support team to continue to work with the city of Pasco.

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