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Whitman Rosalia Town Mayor

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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    Nanette (Nan) Konishi (NP) Rosalia Business Owner, Pinewood Cottage Furniture, Crafts & Antiques

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Why did you decide to run for this office?

What are three major issues facing your city or town?

Of the three, which one is the most critical?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

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Phone (509) 523-3112
Email yoshnank@gmail.com
Town where you live Town of Rosalia
Experience (300 characters max) I was appointed to fill a council vacancy in November of 2006, was again elected to the office in 2007, re-elected in 2011, ran unopposed for the position of mayor in 2013. Prior to those years, I have been an active leader in the community through the Chamber of Commerce and other organisations.
I have always believed that citizen participation in the workings and governing of our communities is critical to the overall success of any city, state or federal government. I have never been good at sitting back and waiting for someone else to do the job. Throughout my life, I have been one of those to accept the job, the responsibility, the lead role, to organize, plan and implement whatever needs doing. I am one who steps up and says- Look, we can do this, if we work together, let's do it!
1-Rosalia's old infrastructure is failing. It needs repair and replacement. Our council has worked diligently toward getting the funding, doing the planning, and getting the work done. 2-Getting reliable affordable broadband internet available is critical for businesses, education and human services. 3-Promoting family friendly businesses and activities are needed to invite visitors and new residents alike. All 3 of these issues have been priorities for council & mayor.
We must start with the infrastructure. Without safe drinking water and waste systems, nothing works. Without safe streets and sidewalks, we put the safe travel of our citizens at risk. We have limped along with old systems, antiquated maps and records, and often less than qualified employees. Today Rosalia has the most qualified and efficient working team we have had in recent history. Continuing on this path, we will bring Rosalia infrastructure into the 21st century for everyone's future.
Rosalia's senior citizens must be honored and held in the highest regard. They are among the most vulnerable to the success or failure of our priority goals. Our most vulnerable citizens, our elderly, our sick and our young, have the most to lose, and are the first to be affected when our critical services are interrupted or working inadequately. They are the very reason why updated and well run systems are so critical. We need to be able to provide the kind of services and businesses that make it easier for our seniors to stay in their homes to live fully and safely. It is my goal to develop a volunteer program, building on what is already being done by many, that would involve neighbors helping neighbors in all the many ways we can. Whether it's providing rides, picking up prescriptions, doing shopping, helping with house & yard chores, or just being a friend,I believe we need to reach out to each other and ask how we can help, rather than expecting someone else to do it every time.
For the most part, Rosalia has not had a problem with immigration issues, legal or illegal. My opinion is that this country, with the exception of our native neighbors, was built on immigration from all around the world. That is the very heart and soul of this country. As human beings, we have an obligation to recognize the humanity in every person we come into contact with, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability or disability. Closing our doors now is wrong.
In the good old days, the old adages of "if it ain't broke don't fix it", and "that's okay, Buddy knows where,(how, why, when) it was done" worked well enough. Today the rulings, mandates, & restrictions placed on all infrastructure, identifying & fixing problems correctly is critical. With today's technology, we are able to find (open the ground & see what's there), fix (do the work correctly) and document (GIS mapping) all our infrastructure issues, leaving a well maintained & mapped Rosalia.
Right now Rosalia is not well equipped to address homelessness. We don't usually have a problem, but we would be smart to consider the problem and the possibility. I consider this to be a part of an emergency preparedness plan, something council has been recently discussing. We have had few interruptions in services in the past, but those we have had make us more aware of just how critical it is to have a plan. I believe such a plan should include help for those displaced & homeless.
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