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Pierce CITY OF DUPONT Council Pos. 7

Term: 4 yrSalary: $4,500The 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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    Leo R. Gruba (NP) Veterans Service Advocate The American Legion Department of WA

  • Kevin Andre White (NP)

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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 (360) 878-6313
Town where you live DuPont WA
Experience (300 characters max) Community Service: American Legion 4th District Commander; Sons of the American Legion Detachment of WA Chaplain; Commander/First Vice Commander American Legion Post 53 DuPont WA; Squadron Commander S.A.L Squadron 53; Chloe Clark elementary PTA President; Chartered Organization Rep: Boy Scout
The City of DuPont currently sits on a precipice, questions are being asked what the role of our community is among its larger neighbors. Currently we have a measure on the ballot regarding Advanced Life Support Systems and how or if we should implement the change in emergency services at all. In this regard, ALS is a necessity in a community such as ours with a large population of retirees and young families alike. While the initiative poses other issues for us as residents such as how to pay for it, I support the role of ALS in our community because the safety and health of our citizens should always be among our top priorities. We are also struggling to define what the role of commercial development should be in a community such as ours. Many of our neighbors purchased home in DuPont on the promise that the city would be an unique place to live,work and play I believe through cooperation with corporate partners, adherence to our zoning laws and DuPont will remain that place!
The city of DuPont is blessed to have hundreds of civic and social minded volunteers from a plethora of both National and grass roots organizations. While we currently are not facing a homelessness crisis as our larger neighbors in the region, I believe the way to tackle such a program is through a combination of civic lead and social backed initiatives. Homelessness brings with it a myriad of other issues the need for mental health or addiction services not to mention those in need with families who may need educational support , tutoring and life skills training. All of these programs are available from a litany of social services and the City when facing initial instances of homelessness should have a partnership in place prior to the need in order to stave off a crisis but most importantly to take care of our neighbors in need.
As a current employee of the largest Non-Profit Veterans Service Organization I am faced with the needs of our elderly veterans daily. While most of the focus of late in regards to wage equality and a fair and livable wage has been centered on the younger community. I would like to remind our neighbors of the Puget Sound area that most seniors are one medical emergency or unforeseen home expense away from being poverty stricken. As I see every day the amount of social services and support for the elderly is lacking to say the least, and I would welcome more services for the citizens in our community that need us the most. As a Council member I believe I would bring my daily experiences in this regard as I weighed the cost of community resources and how they impact those on a limited budget, pension, retirement. I am committed to serving them on Council as vigorously as I do in my daily capacity.
In short, having served our Nation in its armed forces all of my adult life prior to my retirement from the Army last year I understand why people from across the globe want to live here and be our neighbors. This country of ours despite its perceived flaws, is and remains the greatest and best chance to succeed and excell on your own merits and the amount of determination you bring to the obstacles you are confronted with. I also believe that we as citizens are governed by the laws we created to maintain the integrity of our Nation and our Public servants are bound to enforce these laws as written. I would offer that laws can be amended and through community involvement we can provide the change we seek. I support legal immigration into our communities and believe it's imparitive that paths to citizenship be fair and accessible to all.
Currently Traffic is probably the number one issue we all face, and attempting to balance the use of our city byways for both residential and corporate traffic is something we must address sooner rather than later but regardless of the immediate impact of this issue Our city is an amazing place to live. It's important to Remeber that while we currently do not share with the larger issues of our Puget sound neighbors we should remain supportive of the efforts of them. The opioid crisis affects us all, Homelessness affects us all ,The disrespectful way we treat one another over conflicting view points affects us all. I want to serve my neighbors regardless of the issues they deem the most or least important, because their voice is my own and I look forward to serving in their stead.
Traffic!!! There is no simple answer to the traffic issue facing our community. Residents don't want Truck traffic hogging the lanes of our small streets and the Businesses that rely on them need the commercial trucking. Then the matter of I-5 comes into play, if your trying to drive North or South along the DuPont JBLM corridor you've experienced the nightmare that is bumper to bumper traffic. I plan on being an active and engaged member of our Council to investigate with our city,state and corporate partners on how we can address the issue and minimize the impact of traffic so that it benefits all of our neighbors.
In order to serve our City it's important to meet their needs,as such I plan on hosting round tables and community town halls so that my neighbors can weigh in on the matters they want addressed not to mention remaining accessible to my neighbors through social media and face to face communications. My biggest asset is my neighbor and their will to influence the way our city grows. As far as working with the City Council and Mayor, I am and remain an engaged member of our community for the last 6 years I have worked with the city on numerous projects in support of our Veterans , Boy and Girl Scouts, Baseball and Youth programs, Among other community programs and initiatives. I plan on bringing my heart of a volunteer and my spirit of service above self to every issue raised by neighbors and I hope to share my outlook with my fellow members of the Council as we all work to keep DuPont the amazing place to work,live and play that we know it to be.
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