Non Partisan position - I'm conservative with your tax dollars
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5 years on Wenatchee city council, including TPA (Tourism promotion area) board, Finance committee, Rivercom911 (currently board chair), Chelan Douglas health, Chelan Solid Waste, Public safety, Storm water advisory committee and currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem.
city council position #4
Wenatchee city council
Our roads are in need of repair. We need to take action before the conditions cause even greater costs to repair. We have very limited funds to put towards our street maintenance program and the state as been very tight with public works dollars these past years. We continue to look for solutions including a recent citizens committee to study the issue. Our traffic volumes continue to increase and we need to maximize the use of our current road infrastructure.
We are considering a program called housing first. This would give a homeless person a stable environment to build from. We would work with area landlords to help provide these homes, using the monies we receive to help the homeless.
Senior citizens are one of our greatest assets! They have made Wenatchee what it is today by all of there hard work over the years. My wife Robin & I are members of the senior center to add our support. We believe in supporting those, who have supported us in the past, is not only the right thing to do, but our responsibility.
Because of the agriculture nature of our valley, we depend on migrant workers to keep our valley strong. We need to continue pushing our Federal government for immigration reform that will help with the legal methods for workers to come to America. This would not only help their families, but our farmers as well.
We also need to continue to helping those who are want to become American citizens to achieve their goal!
• Keep Your Taxes Low
• Supporting Local Education
• Continuing a Strong Police Department
• Maintain a Sustainable Budget
• Roads and Infrastructure
• Support Local Businesses
• Regional Collaboration
• Affordable Housing
Because there are so many in our valley who are struggling to make ends meet, we need to do our best to keep taxes low so our citizens can enjoy the fruits of their hard labors. Every tax dollar the city receives, represents hard work put in by a tax paying citizen - Like You! My goal has always been and will continue to be, to keep our local taxes as low as possible, while maintaining our public services. I want to make sure every tax dollar counts to the benefit of all who live in our great city!
My goal has been to serve as the voice of all citizens in accurately representing their interests and I want to continue to be that voice. I have a good working relationship with our Mayor and will continue to represent our citizens to him as well as the other council members. I have always been a voice for local business as well and will continue to do so.
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Twice-elected treasurer for the Wenatchee Education Association and North Central UniServ WEA-PAC Chair
I love this town. Growing up here and attending Wenatchee schools K-12, I have a strong attachment to this community and the people who call this place home. As such, I want to give back to my community and make it better place for all through service. I feel that I will bring a unique perspective to the council. Specifically, my relative youth allows me to approach problems in a unique way, and to find new solutions, since I am not locked into or invested in the ways things always have been done. I hope to bring creativity and energy to the council. Additionally, my career in education also helps me to understand and have connections to widely disparate groups of a variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, something I hope to bring to the council in my efforts to make the decision-making process more inclusive. Further, as someone with progressive views, I hope to make Wenatchee someplace that is forward-thinking, open, and supportive of all our residents, turning back some of the ugly trends and ignorance that sometimes impedes this growth.
City Council, Position 4
Held on August 1, 2017
City of Wenatchee
Wenatchee has a need to further maintain roads and to continue to develop the protections of our outdoor recreation areas. The city also needs to continue to develop infrastructure in a way that helps to draw in new industries to the area to continue to promote growth, albeit in a way that continues to protect our environment and the rich outdoor opportunities we have. More needs to be done as well to increase the town’s preparation for the continual threat of wildfire.
I advocate a three-pronged approach. First, we need to provide services to help protect and care for this population by having shelters and options to help provide support, including mental health services. Second, we need to promote industries and businesses to allow for the growth to allow full employment for all. Third, we need to develop more affordable housing options to allow people of all socioeconomic levels the ability to have a home that allows them to live in dignity.
Senior citizens are an often neglected portion of the population. I will make myself available to listen to the concerns and needs of all groups in the Wenatchee Valley, particularly our senior citizens. While I don’t pretend to know all areas of concern for seniors, I will be a representative for all and will listen to and advocate for the needs to all who call this town their home. I will be available and responsive.
Immigration reform is something that is desperately needed and is of particular importance to our city due to the large number of migrant workers that make our fruit industry possible. I believe that our city should recognize that all residents, documented or undocumented, deserve to be treated with dignity and we should recognize the invaluable contributions they make. As such, I believe we should make our city a safe harbor that protects all residents and pushes for more compassionate reform.
While the list of issues is ever-changing, some major issues facing Wenatchee are the need to promote growth and attract new businesses, protecting the foothills and other areas, protecting and caring for all of our residents regardless as to documentation status, providing more affordable housing, supporting our education system through partnerships and infrastructure, and providing a welcoming home for people of all diverse backgrounds.
I believe that the promotion of Wenatchee as a place that industries and businesses would like to set up shop is probably one of the most important as it affects all the other. Housing requires employment, protecting our outdoor areas requires funding, and supporting education requires a functioning economy. These are all related to developing growth. Most urgent is probably supporting our immigrant population since they are under direct and imminent threat in the current political climate.
In working with our mayor, I want to work in a spirit of collaboration and mutual respect. I believe that healthy, respectful disagreement and debate is vital to this and I intend for the council to debate and discuss all the various ways in which we can use our funds, resources, time, and energy to best effect betterment for the Wenatchee Valley. I hope we can work together on this goal in a frank and honest way.