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Benton City Of Richland Council Pos. 7

Salary: $13,476Term: 2 year, unexpired The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.
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    Michael Alvarez (NP) Mortgage Broker/Local Business Owner

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    Dori Luzzo Gilmour (NP) City Council and ECRE Coordinator Christ the King

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

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

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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Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

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Phone (509) 531-1640
Town where you live Richland, Washington
Experience (300 characters max) 25 Yrs. Experience in the Financial Industry, 23 Yrs. Successful Local Business Owner, Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management, Commissioner Richland Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of Directors Tri-Cities Association of Realtors, past Law Enforcement, Veteran U.S. Marine Corp.,
Richland has completed many new projects that have improved the cities infrastructure, from city maintenance facilities, fire departments to building new schools. The current issue I have heard over and over from 100's of Richland residents is the Duportial Bridge project. Richland citizens are not happy about it and feel they should of been able to vote on it or at least had heard more communication about it before the current city council voted to approve it. Communication is important!
I have personally seen our homeless population in Richland increase significantly in the last few years. I do believe we need to reach across to our neighboring cities and county and all work together and find solutions that work. By all working together we can talk to the same experts who specialize in this field and can let us know what works and does not work. By working together we could do a great service to the homeless in our area and we would be better for it as a community!
I am very committed to our senior citizens. As a commissioner on the Richland Parks and Recreation Commission I have fully supported all the projects/requests that came from the Richland Seniors Association. In my voter statement that will be printed in the general election voter pamphlet I stated I will use my skills and experience to improve the quality of life for our senior citizens. That I will ensure Richlands community center continues to thrive! I am an advocate for our senior citizens.
This is a very emotional and difficult issue for most Americans. Having served my country in the U.S. Marines I promised to protect our freedom and our way of life. I would never want to see anyone live in fear in the USA. I am a law abiding citizen and will follow the law of the United States, State of Washington and the laws of the City of Richland as an elected city official. I will also be a strong advocate in listening to the needs and concerns of the citizens of Richland!
Maintaining a balanced budget is ESSENTIAL in keeping Richlands EXCEPTIONAL Public Safety & Services ongoing. Police, Fire, Safe Drinking Water, Safe Roads, Parks, Libraries are all are very dependent on keeping Richlands financial strength and sustainability well managed especially when state funding to cites have been cut deeply. Employment past the Hanford cleanup will be important to address. Lastly, Richland being a land locked city we need to be smart about our future developments.
I believe maintaining a strong financial position with sustainability is the most important in order to protect our quality of life and essential public services to our Richland residents.
First and foremost I will be a strong advocate in listening to the concerns and needs of Richland residents and pass along that information to the mayor and city manager. I will work the mayor and city manager as a professional and share my thoughts and concerns about issues just as I would with the rest of the city council members. On issues, I will research it, ask and get questions from the experts, get public input and share that information with the city manager, mayor and council members.
Phone (509) 366-9706
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Town where you live Richland
Experience (300 characters max) 1 term Richland City Council 2 terms on Richland Arts Commission
The city of Richland is a beautiful place with 58 parks, wonderful library and many performing arts venues including the Hapo stage. We need to make sure we are building in a smart urban planned way in order to protect our open space and enviroment. Our downtown needs incentives to improve their businesses and increase economic development. Small business owners need confidence that their sweat equity will be rewarded with safe streets and customers.
Affordable housing and availability is an issue in Richland. We do have a homeless problem and as a city we need to insure all residents are safe and protected. Working with our wonderful community police force to ensure that our homeless residents can get the help and services they need. Maintain our older homes in central Richland by making landlords maintain clean and safe affordable housing is something we can do.
Our aging population will need walkable streets, safe & affordable housing, and great medical care and access to city services. We have great resources in the Senior Center and we have many programs to help low income seniors through The Helping Hands program. Being aware of the community needs and directing appropriate services is vital.
I believe that the city should insure all citizens are respected and are welcome and safe in our community. It is a cities job to provide services to residents and immigration status should not be a factor.
Continued communication with our neighboring communities and working to improve and enhance our city is a priority. I believe with economic development and urban planning we can provide a wonderful city that welcomes residents with employment and housing opportunities. We have a wonderful arts community and 58 great parks with a beautiful downtown and river shore and we need to ensure all residents and visitors have access. We need to preserve habitat, wetlands and heritage sights.
I believe smart urban planning and safety are the top priorities for Richland. We have a wonderful city that I have lived in most my life and I am raising my family here. I am devoted to insuring continued vibrancy and great planning for Richland.
As a current council member I work well with all members of council and city manager. We all have diverse backgrounds, opinions, and visions but I strive to be professional and listen to other opinions. We try to share a continued vision for the city and i will continue to work on the pressing issues. I am known as being hard-working, knowledgeable and accessible and I will continue to address issues with community stakeholders and citizens. I will continue to go to city sponsored events. logo


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