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Skagit City Of Anacortes Council-At-Large Position 4

The 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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    Sara Holahan (NP) Retired Librarian

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    Matt Miller (NP) Small Business Owner

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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 (360) 293-4263
Town where you live Anacortes
Experience (300 characters max) Elected Experience: Precinct Committee Officer Education: BA: Eastern Washington University MLIS: University of Washington Other Professional Experience: Deputy Library Director Librarian Montessori Teacher Board Member, Anacortes Food Coop Co-President, Anacortes High School PTSA Board Member
City streets are the main concern of citizens. In the past, not enough money was allocated to maintenance. We currently have a small tax added to car tabs, but we will need to look at other options. I would like to re-evaluate the designs of our street requirements to be more sustainable in the future. Storm water management and water lines need constant repair and improvement. Our incoming fiber optic lines are a valuable opportunity, but the installation needs to be done well and decisions made about the extent of connections to neighborhoods.
We are fortunate to have a community that cares about this problem, but there is a lot of work to do. We do provide several food banks. There are not enough options for temporary housing although the Anacortes Family Center offers some help. I would like to see the city budget reflect dedicated funds for affordable housing initiatives and temporary housing. The main burden however will fall on our churches and non-profit sector, and the city should collaborate with them. Not all, but many people who are homeless suffer from mental health issues. We need to ensure that our public workers, such as police and library staff, have the training they need to deal with people in crisis.
With Anacortes now owning the Senior Center building itself, we have the opportunity to grow programs. One suggestion was to have more evening programs for our newer senior citizens. I’d like to see a more robust city volunteer program that acknowledges the invaluable work our active seniors provide. Our development code is being updated, and downtown parking is an issue. I’d like to explore whether more handicapped spots would be appropriate.
These issues affect us in many ways, especially in regard to filling certain jobs and bringing diversity to our community. I believe immigrants are hardworking individuals, seeking to improve their lives by extraordinary means such as leaving their homelands. They highly value democracy and freedom, and they are entitled to the same constitutional rights as others. I do not think it is the role of our local police to do the work of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). They are not trained or required to deal with immigration issues and I would be very much opposed to that changing.
The fast pace of growth is a huge issue. We are behind in trying to adjust our development standards to deal with the scarcity of available land, leading to extremely high prices and lack of affordability. There are other issues involved with growth that we need to tackle, such as proper treatment of storm water runoff, preservation of green spaces and natural areas throughout the city and long-term transportation challenges.
The development pressure is affecting all aspects of life in Anacortes, so I would say that is primary.
I have a good relationship with the mayor and respect the openness she has brought to Anacortes government. I plan to meet with her as she is able to schedule time. I will be forthright with concerns and bring new ideas forward. Additionally, I think thoughtful email communication can leverage her busy time. I will attend as many of her coffees as I can, and I plan to hold some of my own. I will share with her what I learn in those meetings with constituents.
Phone (360) 588-9070
Town where you live Anacortes, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Decorated U.S. Navy Flight Officer, small business owner, Toy Stories, Lodging Tax Chair, Planning Commissioner, Chamber of Commerce Treasurer, Ferry Advisory, private pilot, Husband of Heather (28 years), father of Alex, Brittan, both went K-12 in Anacortes,college graduates and gainfully employed.
Having a solid Capital Facilities Plan, essentially long term maintenance plans, as to not surprise our citizens in the future with major unplanned rate hikes. Everything we build has some life expectancy or at least ongoing maintenance costs. We need to do a little better at managing our infrastructure assets.
Ensure economic vitality - jobs, jobs and jobs. Continue our work with non-profits, like the Anacortes Family Center, to be able shelter the most vulnerable citizens, while at the same time putting them on a path to long term safety and success.
Safety is first. Having a first rate Fire and Police department is a key to supporting this demographic, considering the population's average age in Anacortes is 10 years older than comparable Washington cities. Also, having amenities, such as our one-of-a-kind park system and walking/biking paths for all to enjoy.
Within the context of federal law. The federal government has primary responsibility for immigration. We will continue to be a welcoming city for all who want to take part in the American dream and enjoy our fantastic city. I have been fortunate to travel around the world many times during my military service and visit many diverse countries. I found most of them very welcoming and I expected if I broke their laws I would either be punished or asked to leave.
Housing affordability and drug abuse/addiction.
Drug abuse/addiction as it has an immediate effect on the safety and security of our citizens, whether to the individual user or the crimes that inevitably comes with it. The city is currently working with one of our partner tribes to address the availability of a local treatment facility. We recently purchased a drug dog for our police department that has been very effective in our city and the surrounding communities on the crime side of the problem.
I will continue to use my significant experience in both the public sector, 22 years in the department of the Navy and 13 years in the private sector, as an independent downtown business owner, to make our waterfront community even better than it already is! logo


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