1. Why are you running for this particular position? What are your top three priorities?
It is my desire to provide the residents of Lacey a Councilmember that is non-partisan and I will represent all citizens. I want to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the problems facing the City of Lacey. My top three priorities are, private sector job creation, defining the role of government, and bringing common sense to environment policy.
2. What leadership qualities and experience would you bring to this position? I have the ability to both collaborate and persuade and the experience to know when to use each approach. I have 21 years of active duty military experience with five of those years spent at the highest level of government in the White House Situation Room. I have 6-years of experience on the Lacey Planning Commission, with 2 years as Vice Chair. I have 3 years of municipal government experience.
3. What do you feel is the single biggest issue facing our community today and how do you plan to address it? Private sector job creation. I would address this issue by seeking to make Lacey the most business friendly city in America. I would seek to remove barriers for small business development, infill development and business expansion. I would encourage City Staff to seek out and take advantage of any incentives that are out there designed to attract new industry to Lacey. I would take a fresh look at form based and mixed use zoning opportunities where they make sense.
4. Do you feel the housing construction industry is vital to a healthy local economy? Yes.
5. What principles do you feel should guide local economic development? I believe we must foster a renewed spirit of entrepreneurship by reducing red tape and creating local business incentives. We must focus on local small business development and providing access to capital and supportive services to help business start and grow
6. What organizations and individuals have endorsed you for this position? I am seeking bi-partisan support from community residents, organization and office holders. I have secured endorsements of some of our non-partisan elective officials (i.e., Lacey City Councilman, Mayor of Yelm, Thurston County Conservation Dist. Supervisor, and other former council members.
7. What are your views on land use zoning and planning related to “density”? The Growth Management Act requires each City to plan for population growth but how a City plans for growth will make the difference in whether that City becomes a City “Worthy of Consideration.” My philosophy is to work with private property owners and developers early in the planning process and give them maximum flexibility through mixed-use zoning, form based zoning, transfer rights, and other techniques. The City of Lacey should not be so rigid in its zoning to force a developer or property owning into trying to develop a property for a purpose and in a manner that the market wont support.
8. What ideas do you have to avoid increases in taxes, fees and utility rates during tough economic times? The last thing a Lacey should want to do is increase taxes, fees, and utility rates during economic times. Sound fiscal planning requires that Lacey plan for tough economic times and implements policies to build adequate reserves during times of economic prosperity. Should Lacey ever be faced with not being able to reach back to reserves, private/public partnerships must be leveraged for cost savings and to ensure continued focus on job creation. Moreover, Lacey must take full advantage of every grant opportunity.
9. How would you balance our community’s housing needs and the environment? I believe that Lacey has an opportunity to provide a variety of housing options ranging from multi-family apartments to single-family homes. We need to rethink the community relationship with the natural environment, including our lakes, rivers and green spaces. I believe we can use common sense measures to protect the environment without unreasonably denying access to and the use of public resources. The environment and the economy are not enemies.
10. If elected, are you willing to meet with Olympia Master Builders’ association leaders to discuss issues of importance to our industry? If am privileged to serve as Councilman for the City of Lacey, I will engage all stakeholders and residents on an ongoing basis. I plan to maintain open communication throughout my public service.