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Grays Harbor County City of Cosmopolis 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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    Kyle Pauley

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Phone (360) 580-8897
Town where you live Cosmopolis
Experience (300 characters max) 2015-Present Cosmopolis City Council Position #1 2001-Present Broadcaster Alpha Media Grays Harbor 2015-Present Master Mason GH #52 Free & Accepted Masons 2001-Present Volunteer Miss Grays Harbor 2013-2019 Past Vice-President Coastal Harvest 2010-2019 Past President Hoquiam Business Association
I first chose to seek appointment on the Cosmopolis City Council after covering the meetings regularly for my career. After years of seeing the issues facing the city, I felt I was qualified to assist the city. When the time came to file for a full term, I once again felt that my experience covering local government issues gave me the needed skills.

In my years serving on the council, I have also continued my career covering government and speaking regularly with local, regional, and statewide politicians. I have gained numerous skills in the position and have the knowledge, experience, and dedication to use these and my contacts with other governmental contacts to assist Cosmopolis continue to improve.

I feel that I am the most qualified person to serve in this role, and feel that I can make positive changes. I would like to use the time, energy, and ambition I have to benefit Cosi residents.
As a small municipality, we face a number of challenges that can be seen in other cities, although on a smaller scale.

Infrastructure: We have a limited amount of space available within Cosmopolis to spur further commercial businesses. Creating a more appealing business climate to attract new growth suffers from this lack of availability.

Budget: As a smaller city, the available property tax and other revenue have limited availability. This makes numerous projects placed on a slow timeline for progress, hindering broader improvements.

Highway City: Like many cities in Western Washington, we suffer from a large portion of our traffic through city limits travelling north or south along Highway 101 and not stopping at local businesses or local parks and locations.
The issue that would be most urgent to address would be creating a more inviting location for travelers and regional residents to stop within the town. If we can increase traffic to our parks and resources, it will transfer additional dollars to our local businesses. As more people spend money in town, the more attractive our business districts become, and the eventual tax and property tax dollars will follow.

It is a slow growth process, but I feel that we can stimulate this growth immediately with little impact to residents.
I have had the pleasure to serve with three current members of the Cosmopolis City Council for years as we all sat at the table. I feel that while we do not agree on every issue, we can work together in a professional manner. I see no reason for that relationship to continue.

As for the new council members that will be added in 2020, I have worked with Stana Cummings on the Parks, Recreation & Cemetery for a number of years and have had positive cooperation with her.

For whichever candidate is voted by residents to serve in my current seat in 2020 I look forward to developing a working partnership that benefits our residents.
Cosmopolis is bordered by the Chehalis River and abundant forestland. We sit in a jewel of the area, and I feel that we can continue being proper stewards of our lands while also encouraging those outside the area to make use of our access in a responsible manner.
As I stated prior, Cosmopolis suffers from a space problem. Encouraging new business while not disrupting the lifestyle of residents is an will continue to be a concern. I feel that assets and available spaces already in place can be utilized and with the proper relationships can be utilized.

If we can bring in new business, it will allow additional funding for both public works and street projects. Maintaining our current inventory of infrastructure needs would benefit the entire area.
The City of Cosmopolis would follow all applicable laws and rules if I became Mayor, as they do currently.
Cosmopolis residents suffer from homelessness and housing insecurity the same as any other city. While our issues are not as visible as our neighbors to the north, I feel they are similar in scale.

Grays Harbor as a whole suffers from a lack of affordable housing. I believe that partnerships with other local cities could assist in creating further development that would free up some lower priced units for those with greater needs. This is not an immediate fix and not something that would be ran by the cities, but I feel it can be assisted.

There are numerous studies on the reasons behind homelessness, and I would refer to expert opinion and best practices when facing the issue on a local scale. This would be done with the best interests of our city, residents, and employees in mind.