|CAMPAIGN FOR 8th District Legislature
I moved to Richland from Denver, CO in 2002. Bechtel National Inc. transferred me here as a part of the Electrical Engineering Group where for the next seven years I was the Electrical Lead and Responsible Engineer for the Plant Wide Communications Network of voice, data, security, public address, wireless access and building emergency evacuation systems at the new $12.2 Billion Vitrification Plant for the Department of Energy. I retired in 2009.
During my time at the VIT Plant, in addition to my normal duties, I chaired two separate safety councils, organized and managed numerous annual Red Cross Blood Drives, managed the annual Highway Cleanup drives for WA State Department of Transportation, was chairman of two record setting United Way Campaigns and participated in various food and clothing drives.
Almost immediately upon moving here I became involved in Richland community and civic events. I joined the Richland Volunteers in Police Services, was appointed to the Richland Housing and Community Development Board, joined the Rotary Club of Richland, which I am still a member almost 15 years later, was appointed to the Richland Parks and Recreation Commission, then ran for a seat on the Richland City Council two times before winning on the third try.
I served two years on my first term on the council and was re-elected for a four year term in 2011. In year two of this term, I was elected as Mayor Pro Tem. I was elected again for another four year term in 2015. I have served and still do on many liaison assignments to city boards, commissions and organizations. I also have been appointed to four different WA State Boards and Commissions by Governor Inslee. I represent the Association of WA Cities who’s membership includes all 131 cities in the state. I also serve on one Federal Hanford Advisory Board, one 8 County Council of Governments on Aging where I represent Benton County. In the past I have served on numerous other boards and commissions. I have various personal volunteer and civic duties serving local and state citizens and groups.
During this last eight years that I have served on the Richland City Council I have never missed a council meeting. We typically have two council meetings and one workshop meeting every month plus retreats. I have only missed one workshop. That was only because I was in Olympia on AWC Board business and could not get back in time. More than once I have been out of town at a meeting, returned for a council meeting then drove back after the council meeting ended to continue the meetings. I say this to emphasize my commitment to my fellow council members and the citizens of Richland. I take that commitment very serious and have always done what I believe to be best for the city itself and the majority of our citizens. I will put in the same effort, time and commitment to the citizens of the 8th District.
Protecting the economic engines of the municipalities within the 8th District should be the most important responsibility that a Legislator has. Doing what is best for the majority of its citizens is the second most important job. Of course that also includes every business within that area. The 8th District is blessed with many large employers; the small business community should receive the same commitment as the larger businesses typically receive. Small businesses need more help most of the time because they typically do not have the support network of larger concerns
These are difficult times for businesses and ordinary citizens. The cost of doing business continues to raise ex-potentially, risk management both internal and external, regulations, manpower, finances, fraud, corruption, competition, taxes, etc... For the individual it is cost of living, taxes, health, transportation, child care, etc...
All of these things affect each of us in the State of Washington. As everyone knows Governments, state, local, county or federal can help, hurt or just get in the way. Each Legislator has his or her constituents to advocate for. I believe that is absolutely imperative that those Legislators in each district work together as a team to do what is best for their district first and foremost. I would represent those in my district first and those interests of the remainder of the state second at all times. Every issue that would come before me would get vetted that way. Is it good for the 8th district? I would weigh each issue and form my response for or against that way.
Give me chance and I will make this a full time job. I will make myself available 24/7/365. I will make sure that this 8th District Legislator represents the district at every function and event that takes place in our state that is of interest, concerns and benefit to our 8th District citizens and business communities. I will make every effort to work as a team with my fellow 8th District Legislators and every other Legislator that I can touch. Teamwork should not be about star flyers and outsized talents or egos, but instead be about relationships where people exhibit caring, humility and heart. I will also make sure that I communicate with, consult and work with every municipality on a regular basis in this district. Together I believe we can achieve that human imperative that builds and sustains excellence creating amazing results for everyone.