How long living in Liberty Lake? My family has been in Liberty Lake since 2001.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? I am without a doubt the best-qualified candidate! I have a proven record of being in favor of the city sticking to the basics, providing value added services and building financial reserves. Also, worth noting is that my public service has been a lifetime experience. I have gained the majority of the electorate’s trust, and they voted me back in office in the last two elections. This ensures that the voting public in Liberty Lake is heard loud and clear at every level of local government.
The residents defeated the two bond measures on their merits. Both would have left them with less disposable income for 30 years.
Were they right? Absolutely! The pool had a little talked about yearly maintenance that was going to cost $300,000. Amenities are great, but just like at home, we have to pay for the needs first.
We have to face the fact that this city plows snow and uses deicer for more months than you could use an outside pool; another example of “needs before wants.”
I have a proven record of standing firm for fiscal responsibility. It’s not a theory or sales pitch, it’s a fact! Your vote is about trust. I want your vote. If you vote for my opponent, what you are saying is that you are OK with going without a strong presence at the City Council for about two years while she learns Government 101.
What are your goals for the Liberty Lake City Council?
- Realize that some squeaky wheels get greased others get replaced. What’s good for a vocal minority, doesn’t always equate to what’s good for the majority of a community. We have to be prudent.
- We need to create a long-term strategic plan for the city. This should include assessments of property, equipment, personnel and revenue sources, as well as growth management.
The council needs a better way to get input from the community, and I have two specific ideas that I will be seeking council’s support on very shortly.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future?
- Traffic Management in various forms: Bridge updates, new interchanges, traffic calming strategies, and signalization.
2. North side development that preserves the unity of our community
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? Actually, two things have been somewhat out of the ordinary.
First, is a lack of response to their requests and inquiries from City Hall.
Secondly, the building permit process still seems arduous and adversarial.
What differences separate you from your opponents? Integrity, Experience, Service and Commitment.
Red Flag 1: No sense of personal motivation. By her admission, my opponent wasn’t interested in being on the City Council. But after being approached, she threw her hat in the ring.
Red Flag 2: Not engaged. In the last 10 years, I, nor others, ever recall seeing her at a City Council meeting.
Red Flag 3: Not forthcoming. My opponent refused to sit down with Sue Lani Madsen, a Spokesman-Review columnist, on “Meet the Candidate” show, when invited to share her background and vision for the city with viewers. See my interviews on “Meet the Candidate” and “Candidate Confidential’ at (SpokaneTalksOnline.com).
Red Flag 4: Doesn’t know the issues. She declined several invitations from Spokane Talks Online to have Rich Cowan of North by Northwest Productions, host and moderate a debate between she and I.
It’s difficult to stand up and be counted, to say no and hold true to your convictions. I have lived and voted my integrity, experience and commitment. You have seen me live it! I hope you allow me to continue serving you!
Family/How long living in Liberty Lake? Four children: Asher 29, Kathryn 24, Michael 19 and Grace 18.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? I believe in service. After serving our country in the Air Force for 20 years, I retired in Liberty Lake. I've continued to serve my community as treasurer of the Liberty Lake Community Theatre. Through my interactions in the city I've come to see a need on our City Council. Mr. Langford has been on the council for 10 years and doesn't seem to want to engage the people of our community to find out what they need or want. It seems he feels qualified to make those decisions without community input. I feel the voice of our constituents need to be represented by our council members.
What are your goals for the Liberty Lake City Council? Be the voice of our citizens in the council. Advocate for the people of our city to be heard.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future? Traffic improvements, specifically the Harvard Road expansion. Planning and responsible growth, ensuring that as the community grows plans are put in place to address both traffic and safety concerns.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? I haven't really been surprised by anything, we have an intelligent community filled with thoughtful and concerned citizens. Most of the concerns I've heard center around traffic, safety and responsible growth.
What differences separate you from your opponent? I don't know Mr. Langford personally, so I can't really speak to his character. From what I've seen I am more progressive in the use of social media to seek the input of the people of Liberty Lake. I have a master's degree in finance and so have a very good understanding of how the council's failure to implement the 1-percent property tax increases year after year will ultimately have a negative effect on our ability to pay for a quality police force.