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Skagit County SEDRO-WOOLLEY WARD 5 Council Ward 5

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.

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    Charles (Chuck) Owen

Biographical Information

What experiences have you had that qualify you for this position?

How would you describe your vision for your city?

What are the obstacles in the path of achieving your vision?

What do you think is your city/town’s role in dealing with issues surrounding the environment?

What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastructure?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

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

How would you propose the council communicate with the citizens of your city or town?

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Phone (360) 982-0783
Town where you live Sedro Woolley, Wa
The fact that I have lived and served in Sedro Woolley for almost 60 years is highly qualifying experience for this this position. I have had the opportunity to see the ups and downs, and the progress, what works and doesn't work. I also have had 4 years on the city council, and through that experience I have learned a great deal about how a city works, and how to best serve my constituents. I truly love the people, and I want to do what's best for them and serve them to the best of my ability, I am hard working and honest, which I believe are qualifying traits as well. I have had the opportunity to volunteer at various places in the community including the Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Citizen's Patrol with the Sedro Woolley Police Dept., and Helping Hands Food Bank.
My vision for the city is to build on the foundation we have to create a community that will be a thriving place to live, work, and raise a family. That includes creating more local jobs, not only for the employment opportunities for the citizens, but to help to generate tax revenue that is not burdensome on individual people and families who live here. The vision I have is to help make improvements currently that will improve living here for years to come. I have a vision for Sedro Woolley to thrive today and for future generations.
One of the obstacles to achieving my vision is not enough financial base to fund many of the projects and improvements. Also, the public needs to be aware of the city's needs. There are so many innovative people living here who have great ideas to help problem solve. We need to create interest in our city to bring more businesses here to generate a greater tax base.

Sedro Woolley is proactive in addressing environmental issues, including having options for recycling household garbage and yard waste. One of the issues locally that affects the environment is logging. For the posterity of our magnificent forest land and even for the logging industry in the future, we need to implement sustainable logging practices such as replanting trees.
The issues surrounding Sedro Woolley's infrastructure are mainly the streets in town and the sidewalks. They are in bad shape, but there has been some movement recently to start the process of repairing them, so it's moving in the right direction.

We don't have an overwhelming homeless problem in Sedro Woolley. If a problem with homelessness were to arise, a reasonable way to address it would be to create a shelter that not only provided basic necessities, but a mental health and job training program to help them get back on their feet. There is a substance abuse disorder rehabilitation facility in Sedro Woolley, and they are providing treatment to those who are struggling with addiction.

I think we should abide by the law, and welcome the legal immigrants and provide assistance to them, and to help people to enter legally. As for illegal immigration, the people should be sent back to their country of origin, and given the opportunity to come here legally.

We have a city magazine called "City Scene", and it is a good way to get information and communication out to the the community at large. I like to stay in close contact with the people in my ward, by being out and about and making myself available either in person or by phone. I like good old fashioned face to face communication, and appreciate being able to talk to my constituents regularly. I also encourage people to attend the city council meetings to hear first hand what is going on in the city planning and government.