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Island No Whidbey Pk And Rec Commissioner, Position 5

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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  • Daniel (Dan) Brown (NP)

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    Patricia (Pat) Hardin (NP)

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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?

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Phone (360) 675-8890
Email pathardin@comcast.net
Town where you live Oak Harbor
Experience (300 characters max) We started and operated a small printing business for 28 years -- budgeting money and time, negotiating and making use of contacts. I have also served in many volunteer positions which have helped develop my skills in organization and communication.
• I love the pool. I have been an active participant there for many years. I have been there through thick and thin – through problems of various sorts, but I have loved it through them all. I am running now for commissioner because I believe there is a need for someone who enjoys the pool as much as I do, wants to keep all our great programs going, and who also has negotiating skills.
I believe maintenance remains a major issue. Although much has been done, expensive repairs remain on equipment that has been in use a long time.

Communication is also a problem. Sometimes as active participants we feel our issues are not receiving attention. In actuality, sometimes they are being taken care of, but we haven’t been told. Sometimes even the instructors do not know information they need.

Adequate publicity is also a need that works into both of the above issues. We need to finds ways to make our great pool and all it has to offer better known to the community. If we can figure out a way to get the benefits of the pool (and its availability) to all our neighbors, we will not have a problem when it comes to funding bond issues and maintenance.
It’s hard to choose, but I think in the long run good communication will allow us to handle our maintenance needs, allow the participants to know what to expect, and it extends itself to the community and makes the residents happier to want to vote for needed funding for maintenance.
My most important experience is what I have experienced through my years at the pool. I love it and have seen its benefits and needs first-hand.

Also, my husband and I started and operated a small business for many years. Since we started with very little money, we learned to live frugally within our means. I also learned negotiating skills through bidding on jobs. I learned to be a woman of my word, even when it was difficult.

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