Elected Experience: Councilman, Mabton; Acting Mayor, Mabton; City Councilman, Toppenish; Mayor, Toppenish; Councilman, Yakima; 14th Legislative District State Representative
Other Professional Experience: Mabton School District - teacher, counselor; Toppenish Junior High School - teacher, counselor, vice principal; Eagle High School, Toppenish - principal
Education: Toppenish High School; Washington State College; Central Washington College - BA Education; Administrative credentials; Fort Wright College of the Holy Names, Spokane - MA Counseling and Guidance
Community Service: Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington - past board member; Yakima Regional Hospital - trustee; Downtown Yakima Rotary Club - member; Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce - member; Mabton Lions Club - past member; Yakima Convention Center - past board member; Toppenish Providence Hospital - past board chairman
Statement: It is truly an honor to serve the people of the 14th district. In Olympia I have supported legislation in areas that I feel are most important: agriculture, business, education, public safety and care for the most vulnerable.
I am proud that my work has been recognized by highly regarded organizations; "Friend of Farming" by the Farm Bureau; "Appreciation Award" for commitment to the developmentally disabled; "Corner Stone Award", from Association of Washington Business; "Statement of Support Award" by the National Guard and Reserve; and "Guardian of Small Business" award by the Federation of Independent Business.
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Elected Experience: None.
Other Professional Experience: 20 years Safety & Health Officer for two manufacturing companies; co-founder and first Executive Director of the Skamania County Economic Development Council; production and technical management in heavy industry for 30 years.
Education: BA in Mathematics from the University of Texas (1970); graduate work in Materials Science at Oregon Graduate Center in Beaverton, OR in the mid-1980s.
Community Service: Curricula and facilities committees at Stevenson High School; Regional Planning Council (Skamania County); assistant Coach for t-ball, softball, and soccer teams; Chairman of Firewise in Skamania County; Stevenson Planning Commission; South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Statement: I challenge independent voters to consider that rural, agricultural regions of our state are short-changed by their tendency to elect Republican politicians in a state with a solid Democratic Party majority in the State Legislature. The Republicans' theory is that, if the majority party cannot deliver government, then voters will give the Republicans their turn at control. It's not working. We rural citizens will be well-advised to elect 'old-school', 'Roosevelt' Democrats such as myself, who support our regional interests, but who can negotiate with the urban Democrats on a collegial basis.
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