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City of Shelton Council Member #6

This contest is a primary for the April election of new members of the Shelton City Council. The two candidates for each seat from this primary will advance to the special election to expand the council, to be held April 25th. The 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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  • Charles Orthmann

  • Sam Pettis

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    Joe Schmit Technology Resource Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation

  • Bailee Syrek

  • Steve Thompson

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Biographical Information

What do you see as the most pressing environmental issue in Shelton?

How can you balance development with sustainability?

How do you see making your city more livable for seniors and the disabled?

How do you see bringing more living wage jobs to your city?

What is your experience in preparing and administering a budget?

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Experience (Max 350 characters) This is my first time running for political office. I have lived in Shelton for seven years. I moved to Shelton with the simple goal of buying a house and raising a family in a quiet, community-oriented town. I am no stranger to public service. I am an Air Force veteran, volunteer firefighter, and state employee.
Campaign Phone (360) 951-8126
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Town where you live Shelton
Preservation of our natural resources is key. We need to maintain clean water. Shelton's fishing and shellfish industries thrive on the condition or our local waters. Contamination can create health and economic impacts. Further, access to local waterways provides for increased tourism to our city. It is important for us to keep environmental stewardship in the forefront.
We can't rely solely on one or two large businesses or agencies to keep the city afloat. We need a healthy mix of large and small businesses that provide resources and services to those outside of Shelton and residence in the local area. Shelton's local businesses need to provide the services that the people of Shelton need and want, rather than outsourcing to Olympia. It's fine to live in Shelton and work in Olympia, but we lose greatly when our local residents leave the area to shop in Olympia.
A livable city for seniors and disabled residents is one that provides affordable housing that has close access to available public transportation to needed resources. Creating better access to work, shopping, play, and health resources are integral to improving Shelton's overall livability. An example of impeded accessibility for those with mobility issues is the lack of ADA compliant sidewalks in many parts of town. Even where sidewalks are intact, neighborhood residents have a habit of parking cars across sidewalks. This is an example of a needed change of Shelton's local culture: while the city has tolerated cars parked across sidewalks in the past residents must be educated on the impact this action has on those around them. We should hold one another accountable, and the city should be encouraged to enforce existing ordinances regarding sidewalk maintenance.
Bringing livable wage jobs to Shelton starts with a strong economic development plan and keeping services local as much as possible. I intend to focus on building partnerships and improving existing processes that can sometimes block economic progress. I have spoken with a number of residents and business owner and managers in Shelton who are concerned about the difficulty of changing locations due to permitting and code enforcement. Ensuring building owners are consistently maintaining their properties to meet code standards would alleviate some of these issues. This will allow existing businesses to expand and create an attractive atmosphere for new business to move into Shelton.
Effective fiscal management starts with a detailed plan that covers all aspects of the business from labor, equipment, materials, potential unforeseen or emergent costs, and expected revenue. These plans are strongly centered around data and trends. I have been involved in public sector finance and accounting in my current profession for the last 10 years. I am responsible for a $2.4 million-dollar budget which involves detailed planning and performance reporting. I have grant writing and management experience specifically working with the Federal Highways Emergency Relief Program, Fire Mobilization Assistance Grant Program, and the FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program. I am also familiar with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the Office of Financial Management State Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM) and I often attend State Financial Manager's Advisory Council (FMAC) meetings.
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