Running for: OS Council Position 5. Running against: Patrick Daugherty.
Q: The county campaign contributions page shows you have more than $2,000 in contributions, but does not list them (due to being less than $5,000). Did Curt Zander (operator of the Ocean Shores Golf Course) and/or any individual firefighters or the association donate?
A: Yes I did receive a donation from Curt and Tanya Zander and no I did not receive a donation from any Firefighters.
Q: What is your relationship with Rich Hartman and Eric Noble, and how can voters know you are not part of a “voting block” that will approve whatever the mayor and city staff want?
A: Rich Hartman has been a friend since he and his family moved to town. I have a working relationship with him in City Government, as well as a friendship. Rich is an incredibly intelligent man who has taught me many valuable lessons, one being that our time (yours and mine) is worth something.
I am also friends with Eric Noble and his wife Karin and respect Eric and his working knowledge of the City.
Having never been through an election before, I looked to both Eric and Rich for guidance and support.
I can I say, is that we are not a voting block. We each have are strengths and weaknesses in different areas. I look to all members of City Council and what they know and what I can learn from them. I definitely do not agree with anyone all of the time and have no problem voting against something I don’t think is a good fit for Ocean Shores. I have already voted “no” on issues that have come before City Council that Eric has voted “yes” on.
What I appreciate most about those two is that we can have a good conversation about issues, whether we agree or disagree, and at the end of it be able to move on and not hold grudges, stomp our feet because we didn’t get our way. It called teamwork and respect.
Q: What have you done as a council representative to be worthy of being elected?
A: Within my first few months on Council I was part of an Ad Hoc Committee that went through several Chapters of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This is an extremely important task as the Comp. Plan is what helps to drive the growth and development of our City. The Comp. Plan had been dormant for several years without any movement towards getting it approved. I have experience with not only helping to write Comprehensive Plans but also in administering them.
I have spent some time on the fresh waterways learning about the challenges that they face first hand so that I can be better educated when it comes time for budgeting.
I have spent time helping delve into the permit fees and am looking forward to the presentation before Council.
I have spent my career in public sector government. I know what to look for in a financial statement, revenues and expenses. I know what cooperation in City Government means and how to move projects forward.
Q: Prior to your appointment to city council, why weren’t you more involved with OS government?
A: Other than attending City Council meetings, it has been tough to get more involved because of my work life and commitments. I have tailored back on my commitments and found myself slowing down a bit and wanted to bring forward what I have learned throughout my career.
I have attended and donated to many causes, specifically in Ocean Shores, because my time had not allowed me to participate more. Also many meetings are scheduled during the day, when I work, so I can’t attend.