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Kittitas City of KITTITAS Mayor

The mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. 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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    John B Camarata

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Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are the three major management issues facing your city or town, and how would you address them?

What should your city/town’s role be in dealing with environmental issues?

What should your city/town’s plan be to deal with existing or potential racial inequalities?

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Phone (509) 968-3119
Town where you live City of Kittitas
Experience (300 characters max) Personnel Management Spec. Warehouse Forman Lead Custodian CWU Kittitas City Councilman Mayor City of Kittitas
I am the present Mayor and am retired so I have the time to put into the job. I also enjoy working through issues and coming up with positions that benefits most of the citizens.
Communication and transparency with the citizens are a problem in the city. We will be looking for ways to better inform the citizens of what is needed. Stability and consistence between the City Council and the City Staff has been substandard in the past. We now have a Council that is working with the City Staff to move the city forward. Past decisions were not worked through or followed through with. We are now going back through past decisions and working to set them right.
Clean Air and Water are a must for quality of life. We are now working to fix the city’s Water and Sewer System for the benefit of the citizens.
We are working with the citizens to be more tolerant with the different beliefs and colters of their fellow citizens.
We are a farming community and have always had a lot of immigration. We welcome them all and try to help them all in any way we can.
We have an affordable housing project being built in the city now. We also work with Habitat for humanity to build homes for our citizens.
Whereas we had several businesses affected by COVID-19 the city itself was not hurt as bad as our businesses. We will have to make some adjustments on our next budget for next year.
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Phone (509) 899-4144
Town where you live Kittitas
Experience (300 characters max) I am a long time resident of Kittitas county and have lived in the city of Kittitas for the past 4 years. I served on our city council for 2 of those 4 years. I’ve also been an active member of our community volunteering in many different capacities within our city and community
Growing up in Kittitas as a child, then moving back to Kittitas with my family 4 years ago as an adult, I knew I wanted to be in its growth and development. I immediately applied for an open council position available upon moving to Kittitas. After some time serving as a council woman I saw the need for strong consistent leadership and and with this election and after serving 2 years as a council woman I simply felt Kittitas was ready to grow and I was the woman to lead us into new growth and development so I jumped on the opportunity to run.
In my mind the three major management issues we face is the high turn over we’ve had for both our employees and city officials, lack of transparency and public communication, and growth management. I believe these three issues go hand in hand and through better communication, a focus on transparency with our public and our employees and through the implementation of a healthy plan for growth in our downtown core, we will come away from the times of simply survival as a city and begin to thrive. When a city thrives it’s becomes healthy and a place where great employees and community members want to stay and be involved for the long haul.
Our city is small and global environmental issues are less of a focus for a small city like ours however it has and still is my goal to research walkability grants for our city. Putting trees on our Main Street and spurring on more foot traffic in our downtown core. It is also my goal to focus on code enforcement and yard and community clean up.
As a municipality I think we can make positions available within the city better advertised to a wider range of candidates giving more opportunity for POC’s to apply and be given the same opportunity as anyone. I also believe that more events focusing on the arts and culture can pave the way to a more inviting community for people of all races, sexual orientations, and beliefs.
As I’ve said previously, we are a small city and immigration issues are more of a national policy and police issue. I think there are many different circumstances surrounding immigration the best I can do is support our local police enforcement policies.
This is a subject close to my heart. I would like to see our city take a more proactive approach and work more closely with our local agencies like hopesource to promote the resources we have available and possibly work on creating a cold weather shelter for those effected here in kittitas. I would also like to see the relationship build between the city and the low income housing providers we already have in kittitas.
Our small city has been blessed that our revenues for the city have not been significantly impacted by covid. However I would like to work more closely with the kittitas county chamber to provide a pathway for local businesses to access resources and covid relief grants made available to small businesses that may have seen an impact we as a municipality don’t see.