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Board of supervisors District D

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    Heather Carlsen
    (I)

  • Wayne Stevens
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Washington County? How do you propose to address each of these? What in your personal experience has prepared you to help solve these issues?

Training workshops for elected officials are available through various agencies. Would you take advantage of formal training opportunities for county supervisors? If you have held office, have you already had any formal training?

Should Washington County and the Washington County Schools have a Capital Improvement Program to plan for needed renovations and new buildings? We are facing renovating/building a new courthouse, and many county schools are now over 50 years old.

If elected, would you make relevant decisions based on the county’s Comprehensive Plan? If you have reservations, please explain. Would you hire a county planner? (This position has been vacant for several years.)

What kind of economic incentives and other accommodations are you willing to provide commercial developers in support of county economic development? What factors or information would you consider important in making such a decision? Please explain in reference to the Board of Supervisors’ recent decision to give an admission tax to the developer of the expansion of the Pinnacle.

There will probably be a referendum on the November ballot regarding the Washington County Courthouse. Supervisors had to choose which option would be on that referendum by the end of July. (More information is on the website washcovacourthouse.com.) Which of the alternatives would be the best solution? If a new courthouse is built, what should be done with the old structure?

In 2018 the debt per capita in Washington County was $229 compared to the town of Abingdon’s $1,565. Do you feel that bonds can be created for a new courthouse or new schools?

Campaign Phone (720) 382-9982
Education BS- Sociology and Criminology, BA- Art Currently pursuing M.Ed. in Integrative STEM Education
Experience I have worked for non-profit agencies, government agencies, public schools. I am on the leadership committees of local community organizations.
Family I am a mom of 3. My oldest is in high school. I have a 2nd grader. My youngest is 2.
I think that public education, opioid abuse and recovery, and economic vitality are the most pressing issues facing Washington County. I have been in the classroom myself, in extremely high-need schools, with students who have severe disabilities, for over a decade. I have done teacher trainings, and have consulted with teachers and districts in multiple states. It is essential to have that experience as a voice on our county-level board. I have assisted in planning, facilitating, and organizing Narcan trainings to help members of our community recognize opioid overdoses and be prepared to intervene. I have also helped with fundraising efforts for Bristol Lifestyle Recovery center to be able to re-open their doors. I think our community has a wealth of resources that can contribute to our vitality. We have genius innovators, farmers, artists, educators, and hard-working citizens. Through community organizations, and programs to allow us the opportunities and resources we already have, like the farmer's markets for example, we can sustainably grow this community in a way that benefits everyone here.
I would absolutely take advantage of formal training opportunities.
I think that having a plan is almost always better than not having a plan guiding our action. It is important to the quality of services, the vitality of our community, and the safety of our citizens all depend on having a quality infrastructure. Having a plan allows us to hear and incorporate the voices of the entire county, as well as to create a long-term document that can guide our growth meaningfully.
I do support hiring a county planner if the budget allows for it. I would absolutely rely on guidance from the county's Comprehensive Plan when making relevant decisions.
I would prefer to focus on incentives and accommodations towards members of the community starting local businesses and agencies, in favor of larger franchises and corporations. However, if it is the decision of the community, I would support that voice in the process. I would like to see fewer barriers towards our citizens opening small businesses that support and build our community.
I would support building a new courthouse building, that can meet all the needs of our community for long into the future.
I would want the feedback of the community.
Campaign Phone (276) 356-5537
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Education 2 years College for machinist journeyman. Was TN state certified for Haz Mat firefighting. Club Scout Master & Boy Scout Master. Leadership Wash. Co.
Experience Served as Board of Supervisor for Monroe District 2012 - 2016.
Family Married for 46 years this September. Two sons & their families.
Emergency services The training I receive as a firefighter in the past and working with emergency medical professional.
During the time on the Board, I competed two of the classes available for us through VACo. Also, Leadership Washington County, in 2017-2018.
These are two separate governing bodies and have worked together on community projects for many years.
The Comprehensive plan is a guide line not a mandate. I would review plan and see how it would fit the requests. Comprehensive plan needs to be looked at on a time table to see if changes are needed to fit the changing times. On the planner, if the needs of the county deemed necessary I would look at the options.
Help cultivate a strong environment for jobs creation and business expansion in the county. By working with the different agencies local, state, federal. Number of jobs, skill level and revenue to be generated. The admission tax is a state approved tax on tickets to events at the Pinnacle and helps the developer keep the business operating.

As the meeting, regarding the referendum occurred last night (August 5), the vote was for Kmart building. We will see this fall how the citizens of the county vote. The Courthouse is a historical sight that needs to be maintained and utilized by the town and county community. There are several options to look at.
The county has a good credit rating and the debt service is manageable. Those bonds need to be looked at as they occur.