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Whitman CITY OF PULLMAN Council 7 Ward 1

Term: 4 yrSalary: $6,600The 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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    Eric Fejeran (NP) Quality Inspector

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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?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

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

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (253) 224-9001
Town where you live Pullman
Experience (300 characters max) Board Member of United Way of Pullman, Chair of Whitman County Democrats, Vice-chair of 9th LD Democrats, Certified ASQ Quality Inspector
Pullman continues to grow in population almost every year. This growth coincides with the ever-increasing student population at Washington State University. The number one priority in keeping up with this growth is ensuring the future stability and quality of the city’s aquifers. We are dealing with finite resources! This will require continuous engagement from the community in educating each other on water reuse practices and conservation efforts. The city can enact these conservation efforts on its own public green spaces.

Pullman is also currently going through a massive repair of its roadway infrastructure. Many citizens expressed the need for improved communication on repair updates and lane closures. There are many opportunities over social media to improve communication and engage the community on this issue.
Homelessness is something you don’t see much of in Pullman, but that does not mean it isn’t there. I will continue to champion the Community Action Center and other non-profits in Pullman for offering resources for the homeless and those in need. Although Pullman might not have a large homeless population, we have the highest poverty level in the state. It is still above the federal average when you factor out the student population. A large factor that contributes to this is the lack of full time job opportunities with benefits. We must remember that workers are buyers too. Businesses and city employees that get paid a living wage will help contribute to the local economy.
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population! It is important that we plan how to adequately take care of our aging population. With my work as a board member of the United Way of Pullman we work closely with many of the non-profits in Whitman County that provide food, transportation, and care to our senior citizens. On a national level, I hope the federal government works to expand social security and Medicare benefits.
Pullman has a very transient and unique population. The Pullman airport brings in travelers from everywhere in the world! I applaud the city council for passing the “Welcoming City Resolution”, ensuring that all people in Pullman are treated with respect regardless of immigration status. I respect the Pullman’s police departments protocols of not inquiring on immigration status in situations they are involved in. Pullman has a great ally with the Crimson group on the WSU campus in which we can work together to address the needs of the undocumented community.
There is currently a Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Runway Realignment Project. With the project comes a new terminal and enhanced street access to the airport. A larger developed airport brings new economic opportunities for our local businesses in the area as well as providing more flights in and out of Pullman for our every growing population.

Downtown development continues to be an important issue for the community. The abandoned Mimosa building has really become a symbol of all the problems with downtown. The new Evolve on Main building will help with that development, however, parking and proper street/bike access must be assured.

In my 9 years in Pullman, town/gown relationship continues to be brought up as a major issues. We really are like two communities. I appreciate the Pullman2040 group seeking ways to improve town and college relationships, I feel more can be done.
Of the issues listed above, I believe town/gown relationships is probably the most urgent and has the highest opportunity for improvement. When discussing the long term vision for Pullman, we must include the students and WSU community as stakeholders in that plan.
Mayor Glenn Johnson is the longest serving mayor in Pullman’s history! That is a testament to his continuous dedication on improving the lives of the people of Pullman and leading the city council in making decisions on behalf of the citizens. Throughout his time as mayor, Glenn has mentored many new council members and I am sure he will continue to work with newly elected representatives with the same respect he has over the years.

Our City Supervisor, Adam Lincoln, brings great experience from all federal, state, and local levels of government. It would be a fantastic opportunity to work with him in making Pullman a better place. I look forward to working with Adam especially in creating a coordinated communication and engagement plan for the city, which he listed as one of his priorities for 2017.
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