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San Juan Town Of Friday Harbor Mayor

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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    Farhad Ghatan (NP) Innkeeper, Town Councilperson

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    Matt W. Shildneck (NP) Master Electrician, Maintenance and Construction Tech Friday Harbor Labs

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Why did you decide to run for this office?

What are three major issues facing your city or town?

Of the three, which one is the most critical?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

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

What are the issues surrounding your city's infrastructure?

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

Phone (360) 378-7140
Town where you live Friday Harbor
Experience (300 characters max) Currently serving fourth year in Town Council, Chair Friday Harbor Arts Commission, Past Chair Friday Harbor Planning Commission, Member Housing Advisory Board, Past President San Juan Chamber of Commerce, Town resident since 1991, Local employer since 1995.
I believe the current Mayor, Council and Town staff have done a terrific job of rebuilding Town infrastructure, improving water quality, providing additional services and keeping taxes and utility rates at their lowest possible levels. We have seen over $6 million in grants in the past four years directed towards much needed roadwork, sidewalks and pedestrian access, utility improvements and parks. It is imperative that the Town continue with this productive vision that I have been a part of.
Infrastructure improvements, taxes and rates, managing tourism and growth to keep our quality of life.
The latter, as all other issues affect it.
I have worked hard to keep rates as low as possible for people with fixed incomes, have donated much time and energy to the Mullis Center, Village at the Harbour and Lifecare Center, and will continue advocacy for our elders.
I believe we should follow the lead of the state and county on both issues.
Improving aging systems built to out of date standards present a unique challenge for a Town with fewer than a thousand rate paying accounts. It will be incumbent on our local government to find affordable and sustainable ways of making the necessary improvements.
We are working on a number of housing issues including affordable housing for local residents, supporting mental health initiatives and relaxing certain zoning and development regulations to accommodate this segment of the population.
Phone (360) 317-5445
Town where you live Friday Harbor, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Professional Experience: Master Electrician, current owner of It's Electric Inc. Community Service: Current member of the Friday Harbor Planning Commission; past Vice-President of Kiwanis Club; SAL member of the American Legion; past member of the Historic Preservation Review Board
As a 38 year resident of SJ Island, I decided to run for Mayor because it's been a dream of mine for many years now. I had pretty much given up on this dream after losing to my opponent for a seat on the Town Council. When I saw that he was running unopposed for Mayor I felt I it was time to stand up and run. I've seen many changes through the years, raised my 2 children here, and I remain dedicated to this wonderful town I call home.
1-Affordable housing, 2-support for local businesses in obtaining employees (highly related issues), and 3- the vast influx of tourism on a strained (small town) infrastructure
The seasonal influx of tourists during the summer provides a great boon to our local economy, however the impact of (as many as 16,000) people descending on the town of Friday Harbor on one day creates a challenge for the sewer plant/waste disposal/recycling facilities.
This is a timely issue, due to the very recent announcement of the closure of our Life Care Center, which serves seniors and others requiring convalescent care. There is current discussion regarding how the community can potentially save/replace this Center, which I feel is vital to not just the town and our senior residents but also the whole of San Juan Island. A possible conversion to a non-profit facility, together with issues regarding funding will be on the forefront, and I support and encourage the potential involvement of the Public Health District as a viable option.
This is a very complex issue. If weren’t for immigrants, (documented or not) we wouldn’t be the great country that we are. I think there should be a faster track to becoming a citizen, because I also believe it is important for immigrant families to stay together. No human being is an “illegal”.
Friday Harbor, being the “Tourist Town” that it is, has a major stress on all facets of it’s infrastructure for a few months out of the year. That being said I believe the current Town Administrator, Mayor, and Town Council are doing a great job of prioritizing and funding the major issues facing Friday Harbor.
I’m not really sure how big a problem this is in Friday Harbor, but whatever we do, it should be done with compassion. logo


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