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Past Member of Clallam County Sheriffs Advisory Board, and Past member of Sequim's Planning Commission. United States Veteran. B.S in Political Science from Kaplan University.
The two biggest issues are the deteriorating roads and sewers in the city. It doesn't take long to find a road in town that needs work. Fir street comes to mind. Street are an essential function of government. All that seems to be done is patch work and that does fix the problem. The same goes with sewers. These rates continue to clime every year claiming that we need to upgrade them but very little is ever done. Impact and higher service fees are given figures to how the problems will be fixed. These issues are a top priority for government, but seem to be overlooked and pushed out to future dates in this city.
We need enforce existing code. We need to educate people about the impact of homelessness. A city can lend support to NGO's that deal with the issue, but without proper education and code enforcement, the issues does not solve itself. Education could be anything from telling people to donate to soup kitchens instead of beggars, to enforcing panhandling laws. Government and NGO collaboration, education, and code enforcement can ensure public safety and help provide for those that are homeless.
I am committed to insuring that Sequim is able to offer housing options that seniors can afford. Not everyone can afford Assisted Living or own a house. We need to insure that those that rent are not placed in a financial crisis do to possible fixed income. Support for the Shipley Center is also a top priority due to the services that it provides for senior citizens. Support must also be given to other non profit organizations that prove goods and services. I also committee to ensuring that Sequim not only continues to have superior health care, but is able to provide more services to the community. I will work with OMC, medical companies, and private doctors, to insure proper staffing, and greater services along with working towards an emergency center in Sequim.
The issue of immigration is a national issue tasked to the United State Congress, not to local government. Local government should not comment on this issue sense it is not tasked to them to address. Privately, an individual can take any stance they choose, but not as an local elected official, or government employee. Government should treat everyone with respect and dignity, and let those tasked with the issue hand any issues that arise.
Housing options for those who are not eligible for low income housing. The price of housing in the city coped with the rising rent costs are pushing people out of the city. Sequim also lacked living wage jobs that people can raise a family on. Most of Sequim's jobs are service in nature that sit at or a little above minimum wage. We need to utilize Sequim's High Tech Light Industry zoning to attract companies to the area that will provide living wage jobs. We also face the issue of financial responsibility. Sequim's finances are so heavily tied up in the new city hall and debt obligations that the city has a hard time paying for anything. Projects are so committed to "future" considerations or grant dependent, that it will be interesting to see what would happen if grants where no longer available. This needs to change. It is not good financial stewardship.
The cities finances need to be addressed first. Breaking even can no longer be the standard. We need to reduce our reliance on grants, stop paying tens of thousands of dollars on outside consultants, and pay off our debt on City Hall. Everything from water and sewer, to roads is affected by this.
The first thing is to discuss the negative effects that are created by RCW 35.18.110. This causes a huge handicap for councilmembers when attempting to deal with a city manager. The best methods are to make sure that council objectives are clear and precise. Corrections to operations need to be noted whenever possible to insure that citizen needs are addressed and that government responsibilities are meet. The council needs to make sure they are the first line in dealing with the public and ensure their wishes are carried out.