The Sequim Gazette is pleased to provide a forum for candidates for local and state office to provide statements about themselves and their platforms.
Chris Gregoire, Democrat, incumbent
Gov. Gregoire is a proven leader who has gotten results for Washingtonians by protecting our communities; providing health care for adults and children; investing in education; creating jobs and improving our environment and quality of life. As Attorney General, she successfully fought to clean up Hanford, stop identity thieves and led the fight to hold tobacco companies accountable.
The failed policies of the Bush administration have left Washington and all of America facing tough times.
Yet, we're better prepared than most states to weather this storm because of the fiscally responsible and far-sighted leadership of Gov. Chris Gregoire.
• Gregoire's prudent budgeting eliminated the $2.2 billion deficit she inherited, and she created the state's Rainy Day Fund to protect against tough times.
• Gregoire helped create more than 200,000 new jobs and more new business start-ups than any other state, even in the face of national credit and energy crises.
• With family budgets strained, Gregoire passed the 1-percent cap on property taxes and opposes a state income tax.
As tough economic times created pressure to forego our priorities, Gregoire refused to sacrifice our children's health, education and safety.
• As a legislator, Dino Rossi tried to slash health care for 46,000 low-income children, but Gregoire stopped those cuts and expanded health care coverage to 84,000 additional children.
• When overcrowded prisons and Rossi's plan to release criminals early threatened our safety, Gregoire built 4,000 new prison beds, required electronic ankle bracelets and increased jail sentences for sex offenders, resulting in the lowest crime rate in 14 years.
• As chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, Rossi wrote a budget that slashed voter-approved funding to lower class size and pay our teachers, but Gregoire listened to voters and invested in our children's education.
In these tough times, we need her kind of leadership to continue taking on tough challenges and getting real results for Washington families.
A George Bush Republican who will take our state backward by supporting tax cuts for the wealthy, cutting children's health care, opposing comprehensive stem cell research and a woman's right to choose.
Dino Rossi, Republican
Dino Rossi - A governor who will fix some problems ... for a change.
Governors in other states are controlling spending - but not here. While unemployment rises and families tighten their belts, state government spends more money creating a growing $2.7 billion deficit. The incumbent's answer: more tax increases.
Dino Rossi is a businessman. He'll watch our tax dollars like a hawk and cut waste, because the answer to Washington's challenges isn't always to spend more tax money but to spend our money wisely.
Washingtonians must be safe. More than 1,300 convicted sex offenders threaten families here because the state allowed them to register as "homeless," so they can't be tracked. More than 3,100 violent felons were released early from prison. Rossi will take action his first day in office to change these policies.
Other governors are reforming education and helping prepare students for global competition. More money is spent in education each year here, but fewer than half of our students can pass all parts of the WASL exam. The incumbent still supports the WASL test with no math and science requirement. Rossi will replace the WASL with a proven standardized test modeled after successful exams from other states and require students to meet fair and rigorous standards.
Other states are making progress fixing traffic congestion. Here, the incumbent raised gas taxes to the nation's highest but commute times just get longer, while critical transportation projects are over budget and years behind schedule. Rossi's specific plan will fix nine major traffic chokepoints without more taxes and provide incentives to purchase environmentally friendly hybrid and electric vehicles.
In 2003, as chairman of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, he built a bipartisan coalition to balance the largest budget deficit in state history without raising taxes while still protecting the poor and vulnerable. He was the GOP nominee for governor in 2004.
Secretary of state
Sam Reed, Republican, incumbent
As your secretary of state, Sam Reed knows that there is no greater responsibility than ensuring the integrity of our elections. He protected voter privacy, fought for the citizens' right to control their electoral process, preserved and made more accessible our state's historical resources and made government more responsive, responsible and accessible to the people.
Over the next four years, Reed will use the State Library, State Archives and State Elections Division to bring you the most comprehensive election information in the country. He will work to preserve and make accessible our history, heritage, genealogy and culture through innovative technology. He will continue to bring a new level of government transparency and customer service.
Reed served as assistant secretary of state and served as director of the governor's Urban Affairs and Constitutional Reform commissions.
Jason Osgood, Democrat
The secretary of state is Washington's chief elections officer.
This person is responsible for protecting the fundamentals of democracy - our ballots and ballot boxes.
I seek your vote, as the incumbent has compromised his duty to Washington voters:
The incumbent put a barcode on our ballots. This allows anyone who requests the raw data to track how you voted. This is a gross violation of our voter privacy.
He did this in 25 counties. We fought and stopped him in King County with an ordinance. As secretary of state, I will ban these barcodes statewide and restore the sanctity of the secret ballot.
The incumbent approves models of vote-counting machines that make it impossible to verify the accuracy of our elections. Many studies have exposed these machines as risky and flawed. Using these machines leaves our democracy at the mercy of vendors like Diebold.
As secretary of state and a technology expert, I will immediately conduct a top-down review of our voting machines, as done in California. I will make the vendors either shape up or ship out!
Rob McKenna, Republican, incumbent
Attorney General Rob McKenna has proven he's a skilled, capable leader who protects Washington's families, children and consumers from 21st century crime.
As Washington's top cop, McKenna increased state protection of children from sex predators. He clamped down on identity thieves and successfully fought the methamphetamine epidemic.
McKenna wrote the nation's first law allowing facilities where children congregate to ban convicted sex offenders. He also successfully fought for more mandatory prison time for sex predators, stricter offender registration and increased penalties for child pornography possession.
Thanks in large measure to McKenna's Meth Task Force, methamphetamine labs are down 90 percent vs. 2001 and meth's street price has doubled. His efforts produced new narcotics task forces and more drug treatment. McKenna also focuses on prevention; he has personally spoken to 30,000 students about this extremely dangerous drug.
Since McKenna took office, Washington has dropped six spots in ID theft rankings. Thanks to his legislation, consumers now can freeze their credit before they become victims of identity theft.
McKenna personally argued and won two U.S. Supreme Court victories for Washington voters. Winning the "top two" primary case means the people - not political parties - choose our election system.
Rob and Marilyn, his wife of 22 years, have four children. They make their home in Bellevue and are members of St. Louise Catholic Parish.
John Ladenburg, Democrat
The status quo isn't working. Our state ranks among the worst in consumer fraud, identity theft, predatory lending violations and soaring fuel costs. Our privacy, security and economy are suffering.
A tough 14-year elected prosecutor, Pierce County executive John Ladenburg will bring hands-on experience in criminal justice and consumer protection to an office held by someone who has never tried a court case.
Washington is the second-worst state in the nation for consumer fraud and ninth-worst for identity theft: Ladenburg will increase enforcement and improve tracking and sentencing. Ladenburg's opponent takes large contributions from payday lenders, car dealerships and insurance companies - leading to potential conflicts of interest.
Environmental protection: Ladenburg has a history of defending our air, water and climate; we need an AG who fights for our quality of life.
Safeguarding kids and seniors: Online predators and scam artists prey on the vulnerable. Ladenburg has actual courtroom experience representing victims and will use his skills to punish those who abuse kids and seniors.
Protecting individual rights: Ladenburg will fight efforts to weaken personal and reproductive rights at the state and federal level. The special interests have enough lawyers. John Ladenburg will be our attorney general.
From 1976-1986, Ladenburg managed his own private practice in Tacoma and was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in 1977.
The third of 16 children, John Ladenburg was born in Leavenworth. He married his wife, Connie, 39 years ago. John and Connie have five grown children and eight grandchildren.
of public lands
Doug Sutherland, Republican, incumbent
Doug Sutherland grew up in Eastern Washington working on farms and fighting forest fires as a smokejumper, so taking care of the land comes naturally.
Sutherland knows how important forest jobs are to rural communities. He replaced outdated forest policies that previously led to massive fires and habitat destruction. Coming from a union household, he stands beside workers, instituting new fitness rules for firefighters - and meeting them himself.
A former small-business owner, Sutherland runs government like a business because good business and environmentally responsible stewardship go hand in hand. He led projects offering wind power to thousands of Washington homes, removing toxins from Puget Sound and encouraging responsible forestry so family forest landowners can leave a legacy for their children.
His sustainable forestry plan is the first to
protect old growth, dramatically improve forest health and open thousands of miles of salmon habitat in forest streams, creating thousands of jobs while improving water quality.
A collaborative approach and diverse background earned Sutherland support from leaders of both parties like Gov. Dan Evans and Democratic House Speaker Brian Ebersole.
Healthy forests, clean water and good jobs are the priorities Sutherland learned growing up and are his priorities as lands commissioner.
Doug and Grace have six grown children and seven grandchildren.
He owned Tacoma Tent and Awning from 1971-1992. He was chairman of the Puget Sound Air Quality Authority from 1982-1989 and a board member for the Tacoma Urban League from 1992-2000. He was co-chairman for the Commencement Bay Cleanup Action Committee and the Salmon Task Force. He was the Western State Lands Commissioner Association president from 2004-2005.
Peter Goldmark, Democrat
A lifelong Eastern Washington rancher, Peter Goldmark will restore integrity to the management of nearly 15 million acres of forest, rangeland and water resources. He will bring a proven conservation ethic - demonstrated on his own land - to maximize productivity and sustainability for jobs, recreation and wildlife.
As a scientist, Goldmark understands the opportunity to create green jobs and address climate change through investments in wind, biomass conversion and other energy sources. He is committed to reversing Bush administration policies of dependence on foreign oil and outsourcing of jobs.
Cleaning up Puget Sound and protecting our state's waters will require commitment.Goldmark will provide needed leadership to help restore the Puget Sound and protect farms and fish across the state.
Every year we lose valuable forestland - along with jobs and public access - to sprawl and unsustainable logging practices. Goldmark will end sweetheart deals that give away public resources to developers and enforce existing rules that limit clear cuts on dangerous slopes. Goldmark will keep our forests open for hunting, hiking and recreation.
Endorsed: Washington Education Association, Washington Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters and Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.
He is the former director of the Washington Department of Agriculture, volunteer wildland firefighter, Washington State University regent and Washington State Conservation Farmer of the Year.
Together, Peter and his wife, Georgia, raised their five children on the family ranch. All of his children attended Okanogan High School. Sadly, Georgia succumbed to cancer in 2003. He has since remarried and is hopeful that one or more of his children will follow in his footsteps on the ranch.
Superintendent of public instruction
Teresa (Terry) Bergeson, incumbent
Dr. Teresa "Terry" Bergeson is a lifelong educator who has stood for students throughout her career. She cares passionately about our children and has courageously challenged the status quo to help students from all walks of life achieve academic excellence in our public schools.
Today Washington schools are accountable, with some of the most rigorous academic standards in the nation. Bergeson led the adoption of these standards and stands firm in supporting and strengthening them.
High standards are working; members of the class of 2008 were the best prepared students in Washington's history. More than 92 percent of students met new graduation requirements in reading and writing. Washington leads the nation in SAT and ACT scores. Achievement for students in all ethnic groups has improved significantly. More rigorous and relevant career and technical opportunities are available.
Just as important, Bergeson's caring leadership has helped create schools that pay more personal attention to each student. She believes every child will stay in school and meet high expectations with the right kind of support and she's helping our schools make that happen.
Vote for Terry Bergeson. Protect Washington's high standards and help all our children build strong foundations for their future.
Bergeson is a former classroom teacher, school counselor, school district administrator and executive director of the Washington State Commission on Student Learning.
Terry Bergeson has had 12 years to bring reform and change to our schools. Where are we after 12 years? Still studying how to fund basic education. Still arguing about how to implement education reform. It's time for a change!
The superintendent of public instruction needs to be an experienced educator and a political leader. Randy Dorn is both.
Dorn was an elementary and middle school teacher and, for 10 years, an elementary and high school principal. Dorn knows the classroom.
But he also knows how to get things done in Olympia. Dorn served seven years in the House of Representatives and was chairman of the Education Committee. Today, he is the executive director of Public School Employees of Washington, the state's second-largest educational employee organization.
Dorn will be a forceful advocate for school funding, reminding the Legislature it is their paramount duty to fully fund a basic education rather than relying on local levies.
And Dorn will replace the WASL with a testing system that is more fair, more understandable and takes less time, so testing doesn't dominate curriculum and the school calendar.
It's time for Randy Dorn. Leadership ... for a change.
Dorn lives in Eatonville with his wife, Kate, a public school librarian. They are the parents of three grown sons, one is a public school teacher, while another is studying to be a teacher.
24th District state
Position 2, Clallam and Jefferson counties and one-third of Grays Harbor County
Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, incumbent
I'm proud that, unlike the federal government, the state of Washington has maintained a balanced budget throughout my service in the Legislature.
My recent work has focused on open government, holding our state and local agencies accountable to us, revitalizing our ferry system in Port Angeles and Port Townsend, and creating and saving jobs through alternate fuel plants in Hoquiam and Forks.
I love being part of our district's progress, from revitalizing our essential ferries in the north, to our intense focus on early childhood learning throughout the Olympic Peninsula to preparing our children to perform well as soon as they start school.
I'm proud of our labor force and the expanded apprenticeship programs we've developed. I'm also proud that Forbes has ranked us fifth most business-friendly in the nation.
Next is bringing fuel and health care costs under control, providing safety for victims of sexual assault/domestic violence and cultivating jobs in our rural areas.
Kessler is the current House majority leader, a position she's held since 2003. She also was co-majority leader in 2001-2002.
Kessler is a small-business owner and former executive director of United Way of Grays Harbor.
She also has served on the Economic Development-International Relations Committee, Governor's Commission on Early Learning, Washington State Arts Commission, Rotary Club (president), Grays Harbor Economic Development Council board of directors, Grays Harbor College board of trustees (president 1990-2000) and the Shorelines Management Board.
Her awards have included Washington Newspaper Publishers Association's Freedom Light Award in 2007, Washington Farm Bureau's Legislator of the Year in 2003, Northwest Women's Law Center's Cynthia Gillespie Award in 2002 and the Washington Coalition for Open Government's Key Award in 2007.
Randy Dutton, R-Montesano
I am a skeptic. I don't accept proposals at face value and I often challenge the status quo. I ask questions and research the issues and when I find better alternatives, I work with others to implement them.
If you want a balanced budget, better educational opportunities, energy independence and more job opportunities, I'm the stronger candidate.
I am a fiscal conservative with common sense, who can help Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi balance the budget and meet the highest priorities of government. My education and background is in financial and logistical problem solving and my passion is science technology.
As a retired Navy Supply Corps commander with bachelor's and master's degrees in business, and trained in government contracting and budgeting, I saved taxpayers over $70 million while improving operations, managed large budgets and inventories, and supervised upward of 170 unionized workers. As an inventor and co-owner of a high-tech small business, I continue to create jobs and U.S. products for export. I understand how technology can improve and simplify government and business operations and increase jobs.
As a Montesano area homeowner with 124 acres of timber, I understand private property, environmentalism and Second Amendment rights.
I am a strong supporter of education. We need to fund the student and shift financial, personnel, and curriculum decisions from Olympia and the unions, to teachers and principals.
Balancing the budget requires many actions, such as reviewing government contracting requirements to increase honest competition and ensure the taxpayer gets what we need at the best price.
We need open government to allow the public, press and even legislators to have a minimum five-day review period before voting, and all budget line items should be initialed by each legislator wanting them. I believe taping of executive sessions should not be an unfunded mandate but rather the will of the local community which desires it and is willing to fund it.
Education is evolving and now offers an option for students to learn at their optimum pace and choose from a wider course selection. I know this is possible because my wife and I have previously homeschooled our children, had them in public schools most years and now have them in an online public school.
Sixth Congressional representative
Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Kitsap and Mason counties plus part of Tacoma
in Pierce County
Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, incumbent
I have fought hard in Congress to help working families on the Olympic Peninsula and throughout our region enjoy a better quality of life and to preserve the chance for their kids to achieve the American dream.
My campaign for re-election is based on my record of results and my vision to move our region forward during these tough economic times. My roots are here in the Northwest: I was born and raised here and I know the values that are important to the hard-working families here in this special part of our country.
My top priority has always been jobs: bringing new jobs and economic activity to the communities I represent and fighting to keep the jobs we've got. That's why I have been working so hard this year to give Boeing workers a fair shot at building the new Air Force tanker planes. Especially during times of economic uncertainty, I have fought to bring federal resources to our area to help small and large businesses expand, hire more employees and contribute more to our local economies.
As we have confronted the current financial industry crisis, I have supported legislation in Congress that has helped Americans facing foreclosure keep their homes and to continue their access to credit.
This year everyone also has felt the impact of high gas prices, reminding us of the need to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil and accelerate the development of alternative energy sources. I supported the energy bill we passed in Congress this year that will stimulate new oil and gas exploration in the U.S. and push us faster toward developing new energy technologies for the future.
We're also facing serious challenges to our national security at this time. We must recognize that it's time to change course in Iraq and shift the burden of ruling and securing the country to the new Iraqi government. We need to bring those troops home and then we must take better care of those veterans when they're back here.
I've worked hard to improve access to veterans' health care on the peninsula through a new VA clinic and I'm proud that Congress has now passed the largest increase in veterans' health care funding in the history of the Veterans Administration.
I also believe we've got to take better care of our environment, and as the chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I have fought to protect Puget Sound and Hood Canal and to improve the visitor experience at Olympic National Park and all of our national parks. At the same time, I have been working hard to restore Northwest salmon runs by improving fishery habitat throughout the region and by securing federal funds for the Elwha River restoration program.
Doug Cloud, R-Gig Harbor
I was born in the 6th District and have lived here almost all my life. I have been a deputy prosecuting attorney and a lawyer in private practice. As an adolescent and young adult I worked on farms, on loading docks and in factories. In my early 20s I served as a shop steward for a union.
There has been constant change in the district. This is a function of human progress. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our children to preserve what is good from the past while enhancing our future through sound policy choices.
Our prosperity is based upon the constant innovative force of the free market. But the true potential of our country has been shackled by a Congress intent upon constant manipulation of the economy on behalf of themselves and their friends.
This philosophy resulted in the trillion dollar bailouts of the past several weeks. I oppose all such bailouts. It should be obvious by this point that Congress is clueless about the economy and the policy favored by the incumbent of bailing out insolvent financial institutions with blank checks on taxpayer's bank accounts is foolish.
Our district needs a strong national economy to support our military installations. A strong private economy is necessary to support a healthy public sector.
Too often the incumbent has forgotten this truth by supporting the very policies that have resulted in today's negative national economic news. Once again, he is out of touch. Congress is intent at any costs of preserving themselves in power; new leadership is needed now.
The Constitution is under assault in the name of economic necessity and wartime emergency. We cannot give in to the emotion of the nervous crowd and abandon our Constitution. It is in such times as these that we need guidance from the source documents of our Republic.
The only way that will change is by the election of new people. New policies of freedom and economic prosperity are needed to improve life for the people of our district.
24th District state
Clallam and Jefferson counties
and one-third of Grays Harbor County
Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, incumbent
As a firefighter, husband and father of two children, I know that working families need good paying jobs, affordable health care and a government that is fiscally responsible with their tax dollars.
Over the past two years I have worked to make sure that our communities on the peninsula allow folks out here to be able to maintain their quality of life.
As a representative, I have taken to Olympia the values I live by as a father, firefighter and community activist and have been a powerful and honest voice for the unique concerns of communities in the 24th District.
I have worked hard to improve access to affordable health care, control property taxes, build strong schools, create living-wage jobs, require performance-based budgets and preserve our timber economy.
My top priority this upcoming session will be making sure that we make the kind of smart policy decisions that will enable folks in the 24th District to make ends meet and have access to the essentials: good paying jobs, affordable health care and a quality education for their kids.
While I will continue to work vigorously for affordable health care, improving our schools and making sure our tax dollars are spent accountably, I know that our way of life here on the Olympic Peninsula rests on the availability of good-paying family-wage jobs and stable industries.
I also have worked in our Legislature to make Washington state one of the most fiscally responsible states in the country, having voted to authorize the creation of a rainy day fund, cutting spending from wasteful programs and observing our state's legal requirement that the state budget must be balanced by 2009.
I have been committed to making government work better by listening at home and leading in Olympia. Whether it's health care, education, tax solutions or making government live within its means, I will continue to get results on our priorities.
For the past term, it has been my honor to be your state representative. From capping property tax increases, to bringing millions of dollars in investment for industries that will provide essential jobs for the working families of our district, I have fought to make sure that we have the ability to maintain our quality of life out here on the Olympic Peninsula.
While we have accomplished much, there is still much to be done for the working families of our peninsula. I hope you'll support me in my fight to maintain our quality of life out here on the peninsula and to make sure our communities are well represented in Olympia.
Thomas Thomas, R-Joyce
I want work in Olympia to make things better for residents of the 24th District.
I will work to recruit new businesses to the district.
I will work to create a better business climate in the state of Washington so we can provide workers with true living-wage jobs.
I will work to bring more jobs in the Yellow Pages not
"the blue pages."
I will work to build a 21st century infrastructure in the district to support the modern needs of businesses.
My opponent says, "There is nothing wrong with (the state Department of Labor and Industries)."
If you are an employer or an injured worker who has had to file a claim with L&I, then you know how clueless my opponent really is!
I will work to reform L&I. If this cannot be accomplished, I will seek to create a multipayer system in the state of Washington.
My opponent has done nothing to help with taxes and he has voted for numerous runaway spending bills. When asked about the economy and the state budget deficit, he said, "The good news is, things are not as bad as they say."
In fact, the economy and the state budget deficit are much worse than originally projected. All of this could have been avoided with fiscal discipline and planning.
My opponent does not have the respect for the voters to make himself available for the majority of voter forums during this campaign. And during one forum in particular, he had his campaign manager read a letter to the audience stating he could not attend because he was in committee meetings.
In reality, he was attending a fundraiser.
If I am elected as your representative, I will hold meetings and attend as many forums as possible - and not just during the election years.
District 2, Port Angeles area
Mike Chapman, I-Port Angeles, incumbent
Clallam County is in a solid financial position. We are one of three counties in the state with no debt! We have a healthy "rainy day" reserve fund. When I took office in 2001, Clallam County had a general fund "rainy day" reserve of $1.5 million and today we have a "rainy day" reserve of about $12.5 million. This reserve grew as we said no to additional spending requests while saving new revenue from the real estate boom in 2004-2007. We will maintain adequate reserves in order to weather the current economic downturn without losing key services and avoiding unnecessary tax increases.
Clallam County employs fewer employees today than eight years ago. When I took office in 2001, Clallam County had 422 full-time equivalent employees and today we employ 409. In 2002 we reduced work hours, eliminated positions and still maintained core government services. In the past four budget cycles alone, more than $4 million of new spending requests have been denied. Currently we re-evaluate the need to fill open positions in order to maintain budgetary restraint. This responsible policy has resulted in the elimination of five positions in 2008 alone. The draft 2009 budget spends $1.1 million less than in 2008.
Over the past eight years, we made major improvements to our local infrastructure. For years the No. 1 rated economic development project for Clallam County was the sewer extension east of Port Angeles. It was completed in partnership with the city of Port Angeles with no debt. It is bought, paid for and available to property owners. Now we are working jointly with the PUD to bring needed infrastructure to Carlsborg, like sewer, water and transportation improvements.
We are also seeing key transportation projects like the Elwha River Bridge replacement, Mount Pleasant Road, Old Olympic Highway and U.S. Highway 101 improvements. We are working to secure funding needed for the widening of U.S. Highway 101 between Port Angeles and Sequim and the Deer Park interchange. As chairman of the Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization, I am in a unique position to help secure the state and federal funding needed to complete major projects and stretch our local road dollars further.
I have had the distinct privilege to serve as your county commissioner since 2001. I have a bachelor's degree from Northwest College and a master's degree from Duquesne University. If re-elected, I will continue to watch the budget carefully to avoid cuts in services and unnecessary tax increases. I will work to secure the funding needed for debt-free transportation and infrastructure projects. I will work to see funding for public safety is not reduced. All of these issues are of utmost importance to maintaining the high quality of life we all enjoy in Clallam County. I would like to ask for your vote this fall. Thank you.
Terry Roth, R-Port Angeles
The economy is in shambles, the stock market on a roller coaster ride, housing sales at a standstill, foreclosures rising and retails sales faltering. The mills that once employed hundreds are gone, the forest industry is slowing to a stop and tourism is running out of gas.
My formal education was in the administration of criminal justice ( A.A., B.A. and teaching credential). I've been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years. I also have been a private business owner for the past 18 years. I've met a weekly payroll, employed over 14 employees and had over a million dollars in transactions each year.
Besides overseeing county operations, I will strive to bring new businesses into our area that will create jobs and a broader-based economy. This will need the cooperation of the Port of Port Angeles, the Clallam Economic Development Council, the Clallam County Public Utility District and each of the three cities to market our quality of life and available labor pool to entice them to locate here.
I take living in our county seriously. Twice elected to the Charter Review Commission; current president of the Port Angeles Downtown Association; member of the board of directors, Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce; appointed to the Port Angeles Forward Committee; appointed to the Port Angeles Lodging Tax Advisory Committee; president of the Mount Pleasant Grange for the past three years; a past president of the Clallam County Veteran's Association and member of the Marine Corps League.
Being county commissioner is a full-time job, not a hobby.
I have the background and experience to represent you on the Clallam County board of commissioners.
Public Utility District commissioner
Seventh Street in Sequim westward
around the city of Port Angeles to roughly the Elwha River
Hugh Haffner, incumbent
I have been working on several issues and would like to see them completed. First is obtaining the maximum recovery of the residential exchange that we sued the Bonneville Power Administration over and won more than a year ago. Second is to facilitate the cooperation between county and city elected officials and the residents of Carlsborg to develop a financially feasible sewer system.
Having worked for a "big eight" accounting firm several years ago, I learned how to evaluate the environmental and financial impact and governmental regulation in providing electrical services.
Being an attorney has helped me be aware of many of the legal implications when trying to make a commitment to protect the customers of Clallam County PUD from parties trying to push their own special interests.
When we were getting power from BPA at $21 to $28 per megawatt we made commitments to conservation programs that had marginal costs of not over $30 per megawatt.
But now with tier two power projected to be in the $80 per megawatt range, we can review conservation programs costing over $80 per megawatt. Also if we get conservation to satisfy the portfolio standards, this also would encourage higher cost conservation.
As the region implements more intermittent renewable resources, we will need more base load power to augment the renewable resources. The problem is that we need the base load now, over the next 20 years, but presently nuclear takes over 20 years to come online. I personally think we should be looking at geothermal and coal gasification.
Our PUD needs to be working with the Department of Ecology, the current water stakeholders in Carlsborg and other interested parties to establish a water banking system that should free up additional water for the municipal water users. This means that we need a commissioner willing and able to create a dialogue with all the stakeholders.
Electric rates are in the long run tied to the price trend of all energy costs. All I can do as a commissioner is to try and protect your rights in the low cost hydro system power which we get from BPA, just as I did the last six years when BPA tried to pass our hydroelectric system benefits to the I-5 corridor's electric users. New power costs are going to be expensive, so the best we can do is try to encourage conservation and buy new power wisely.
The complexity of publicly held utilities requires a broad scope of experience and knowledge to assure that the rate payers are protected. Voters want an individual that has no vested personal interest in how decisions are made on the operation of the PUD.
Someone that can ensure that when customers need electricity, they have it, and when they need water, it is there for their use. My 14 years as PUD commissioner best qualifies me for the position.
Bob Jensen, challenger
I have lived in Clallam County my entire life, except for the six years I spent in the U.S. Marines. My family has a long history of public positions dating clear back to 1887 that include U.S. commissioner, court commissioner, justice of the peace, school board, deputy county treasurer, county treasurer and as mayor.
After serving six years in the U.S. Marines and a combat tour in the Persian Gulf war, I received an education in telecommunications. I have been working at my family-owned business, Angeles Communications, ever since.
I am a founding member/owner of Capacity Provisioning Inc., which is a high speed data transport utility in the community. I currently serve on the YMCA board and am a past board member of the North Peninsula Building Association.
The future in the utility industry is in new technology, where I have an extensive background. I want to help modernize our PUD and bring new options to the way it serves the public.
Modernization of the electrical distribution system and customer metering will prepare the utility for the future. I will bring fresh energy and a creative approach to keep rates low and our district healthy. Modernization through technology can increase efficiency and effectiveness.
My success in business and a technology leader will benefit PUD customers. Having built a utility from a concept to a functioning business, I understand what customer service, responsibility and respect mean to the public. I know the value of a business plan and budgeting, as well as caring for employees' quality of life.
In my role as commissioner, cost-effective energy conservation will be a large contributor to a healthy public power system as our community grows. I would encourage the PUD to provide expanded and larger rebates to our customers, encouraging investment in conservation services and products at the home level.
In my experience, giving the tools to the customer to make decisions for themselves is key. My commitment to modernization will lead to implementing modern monitoring.
- I will assure that PUD employees are given the tools to fully modernize district operations from the late 1990s to present day and beyond.
- Six years from now we will continue to have low cost power.
- We will be actively playing a larger role in a local renewable power base and diversifying our portfolio.
- Our critical water system will be in a much healthier position and will be serving more customers.
My opponent is a bankruptcy attorney. I am an expert in the modern utility industry with an extensive technology background and have proven business success.
I think that it's time to modernize and I am the best qualified candidate to lead the PUD into the next decade.
Transportation Benefit District of Sequim, Wash.
Voters within the Sequim city limits will cast their ballot on a sales and use tax levy for a transportation improvement program. This proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of two-tenths of 1 percent to be collected within the district for a term of 10 years for the purpose of paying or financing a portion of the costs of transportation improvement projects identified in the city of Sequim.
A TBD is an independent taxing agency of the city. This revenue source can be used only to fund approved transportation projects within the city. Eligible projects range from safety projects to rehabilitation of existing facilities and new sidewalk and road construction.
Initiative Measure No. 985
This measure would open high-occupancy vehicle lanes to all traffic during specified hours, require traffic light synchronization, increase roadside assistance funding, and dedicate certain taxes, fines, tolls and other revenues to traffic-flow purposes.
Existing law authorizes the state department of transportation and local governments to reserve all or any portion of a highway under their respective jurisdictions for the exclusive or preferential use of public transportation vehicles or private motor vehicles carrying no fewer than a specified number of passengers. These restricted lanes are typically called "carpool lanes" or "high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes."
The measure would limit the use of revenue from new tolls and charges on bridges and other toll facilities. Except for tolls relating to the Washington state ferries, revenue from new tolls that exceeds the cost of construction, operation, or maintenance of toll facilities and new capital improvements to highways, freeways, roads, bridges, and streets, would be deposited in the Reduce Traffic Congestion Account and spent in accordance with the above-described purposes of that account.
Initiative Measure No. 1000
This measure would permit terminally ill, competent, adult Washington residents, who are medically predicted to have six months or less to live, to request and self-administer lethal medication prescribed by a physician.
Under existing Washington law, it is a crime for any person, including a physician, to knowingly assist another person in attempting suicide. Knowingly causing or aiding another person to attempt suicide is a class C felony. Washington's Natural Death Act states that nothing in that Act shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy-killing or physician-assisted suicide, or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying. Death certificates are required to state the cause of death within the best knowledge or belief of the attending physician or medical attendant, or the health officer, coroner, or prosecuting attorney having jurisdiction. A physician or other medical license holder who is convicted of a felony related to the practice of the person's profession is subject to professional discipline, including license suspension or revocation.
The state Department of Health would be required to annually review all records maintained under the measure and to adopt rules for collecting information relating to compliance with the measure. Health care providers that prescribe or dispense lethal medication under the measure would be required to file a report with the Department of Health. Information collected by the Department of Health would not be public. The Department of Health would be required to annually produce a public statistical report of collected information.
Initiative Measure No. 1029
This measure would require long-term care workers to be certified as home care aides based on an examination, with exceptions; increase training and criminal background check requirements; and establish disciplinary standards and procedures.
Long-term care workers assist the elderly and persons with disabilities in the homes of the people they assist or through assisted living facilities, adult family homes, or state-licensed boarding homes. Long-term care workers also include respite care providers, community residential service providers, and any other worker who directly provides home or community-based services to the elderly or persons with functional or developmental disabilities. Long-term care workers do not include employees of nursing homes, hospitals or other acute care facilities, adult day care centers, or adult day health care providers. Assistance by long-term care workers may include help with eating, dressing, bathing, meal preparation, household chores and other assistance with daily life. Long-term care workers might provide this assistance under a direct contract with the State as an individual provider, or they might be employees of home care agencies or other facilities.
The measure would prohibit the State from paying for long-term care services by providers who do not comply with the requirements of this measure. It would permit the State to terminate any contracts with providers, or take enforcement actions against providers, who fail to comply with the measure. The measure would also make certified long-term care workers, and the licensed agencies or facilities that employ them, subject to State oversight and discipline, including the potential suspension or revocation of certificates for misconduct.
See your Voters Pamphlet for the full text of all initiative measures on this year's ballot.
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