Snohomish East County Park And Recreation Commissioner-At-Large Position #1
4-year term; No salary A Parks & Recreation District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the public parks and recreation facilities within their jurisdiction, as well as the acquisition of other parks space as funds provide and is appropriate. The commission sets the general policies and workplan of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional parks and recreation staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any parks levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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James (Jim) Bloss (NP)
Retired - full time community activist
Why did you decide to run for this position?
What are three major issues facing your park and recreation district?
Of the three, which one is the most urgent?
What experiences have you had that prepares you for this position?
Town where you live
Experience (300 characters max)
Background in planning and program management (both public and private sector) - many years of community involvement, appointments to boards, commissions and groups working at all levels (city, county and state) for the common good. Lifelong love affair with parks + the quality of life they provide.
I'm a Bernie Sanders person and am answering his call for a more active involvement in my community's political life. Age and energy level prohibit me from taking on a more active, higher profile run for political office but can find the time and energy for this particular opening in supporting my community - and I've always loved parks and understand the important part they play in our quality of life.
Need for greater and more consistent funding; cost of maintenance and upkeep exceeds funding availability; need for a greater participation in "all" of East County Parks & Recreation rather than just the Maltby park portion of the County.
Funding, of course. Isn't it always the most urgent?
Many years in planning and program management - kinds of jobs, in both the public and private sectors; years of community activism, political involvement, and advocacy for good causes in our region. I grew up in St. Louis, a city of parks, and have a lifetime love affair in my heart for parks and what they mean to we human beings as far as our quality of life - they need a higher priority for funding in govt. budgets but also better support from the communities they serve - I'll work to make both of those things happen - count on it!! :-)
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