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Primary Election Voter Guide

Clallam and Jefferson Counties For the election ending August 6, 2013 A public service of the



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HIS SPECIAL SECTION of the Peninsula Daily News, also available online at, provides voters with information about the Aug. 6 election. It profiles the candidates for local races in which there are more than two candidates, and also discusses a measure on the Port Townsend ballot. Ballots in the all-mail election were sent by the auditor’s offices of Clallam and Jefferson counties to registered voters in affected jurisdictions July 17. Voting continues until 8 p.m. Aug. 6. Compilation of information, including the question-andanswer segments, for this voter guide is coordinated by PDN Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb. Photo and graphics services are by Staff Photojournalist Keith Thorpe, and section design is done by Executive Editor Rex Wilson, with assistance from Copy Editor Allison McGee. Candidates’ answers to questionnaires were limited to 75 words per question and were edited for length, grammar and spelling. Races in which there are only one or two candidates are not profiled in this section (see list at right). Neither are write-in candidates. On the North Olympic Peninsula, as in all of Washington state, all voting is done by mail. Washington was the first state in the country to establish a “toptwo” primary election system. Because this is a primary election, voting is limited to the jurisdiction or district for the office to be decided. There is no countywide voting until the general election ending Nov. 5. Because of this, voters in some areas of Clallam and Jefferson counties will not vote in the primary and will not receive ballots.

For those who are voting and wish to vote at a polling site, a computerized terminal is available at the Clallam County Auditor’s Office in the county courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, and the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office in the county courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, during the voting period. Mail-in ballots were sent to registered voters in the appropriate jurisdictions starting July 17. They must be postmarked no later than Aug. 6 or dropped off by no later than 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the following locations:

Clallam County ■ Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. A drive-up drop box is provided. ■ Sequim City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St., Sequim. ■ Forks District Court lobby, 502 E. Division St., Forks.

Jefferson County ■ Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend. A drive-up drop box is provided in the parking lot to the rear of the courthouse off Franklin Street. ■ Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock. An outside drop box is mounted in the parking lot.

Election calendar Here are some significant dates relating to the Aug. 6 and Nov. 5 elections: ■ July 29: Voter registration deadline for people not currently registered to vote in Washington. Registration must be done in person at the auditor’s office of the registrant’s county of residence (see courthouse addresses above).

■ Aug. 6: Primary election ends at 8 p.m. ■ Aug. 20: Deadline for County Canvassing Board to certify the primary election returns. ■ Aug. 23: Final day for secretary of state to certify primary election returns from across the state. ■ Oct. 7: Final day for mail-in and online voter registration for the Nov. 5 general election, which will include the presidential election. ■ Oct. 16: Ballots are mailed out to registered voters for the Nov. 5 election. ■ Oct. 18: The Peninsula Daily News’ General Election Voter Guide is published and posted online at www. ■ Oct. 28: Voter registration deadline for people not currently registered to vote in Washington who want to vote in the Nov. 6 election. ■ Nov. 5: General election ends at 8 p.m.

Got questions? Questions about Clallam County elections can be phoned to the County Auditor’s Office elections division at 360-4172221 or toll-free at 866-433-8683 Mondays through Fridays. Voter registration information is available by phoning at 360417-2217 or toll-free at 866-4338683 Mondays through Fridays. Questions about Jefferson County elections can be posted to the County Auditor’s Office elections division at 360-385-9117 Mondays through Fridays. Voter registration information is available by phoning 360-3859119. The Secretary of State’s Office in Olympia maintains a website with general voting information at

These candidates automatically go to November election Offices with two or fewer candidates that automatically go to the Nov. 5 general election.

City Council, Pos. 2 Peter J. Ripley Lee Whetham

Clallam County

City Council, Pos. 4 Dan Gase

Hospital District No. 1 (Forks Community Hospital) Commissioner, Dist. 1 Daisy Anderson Commissioner, Dist. 2 (West Jefferson County) Nikki Hay

Hospital District No. 2 (Olympic Medical Center) Commissioner, Dist. No. 1, Pos. 1 John E. Beitzel Commissioner, Dist. No. 1, Pos. 2 J. Thomas Oblak Commissioner, Dist. No. 2, Pos. 2 Jean C. Hordyk Heather Jeffers

City Council, Pos. 3 Patrick Downie

City of Sequim City Council, Pos. 3 Brandon Janisse Ted Miller

Quillayute Valley School District Director, Dist. 1 Rick Gale Director, Dist. 4 Brian S. Pederson

Fire District No. 1 Commissioner No. 3 David R. Burt

Fire District No. 2

City Council, Pos. 4 Dennis Smith

Commissioner No. 3 Richard Ruud

City Council, Pos. 5 Genaveve Starr

Fire District No. 4

Port Angeles School District

Commissioner No. 3 Sam Nugent

Director, Pos. 2 Cindy Kelly Mike McCarty

Commissioner No. 5 Christopher J. Christie

Crescent School District Director, Pos. 1 Holly Rose Director, Pos. 2 Sandra Criss

Fire District No. 5 Commissioner No. 2 George Eastman Commissioner No. 3 Jeffry J. Kopis

Fire District No. 6

Director, Pos. 5 Dara Peppard

Commissioner No. 2 Robert “Chip” Keen

City of Forks

Sequim School District

Parks/Recreation District 1 (SARC)

Mayor Bryon Monohon Janet Hughes

Director, Dist. 2 Michael Howe

Commissioner, Pos. 1 Sherry Nagel

City Council, Pos. 2 John D. Hillcar

Director at large, Pos. 4 Beverly Horan John Clark Yeo

Commissioner, Pos. 2 Frank Pickering Adam Sullivan

City Council, Pos. 3 Bill Brager

Cape Flattery School District

City of Port Angeles

Director, Dist. 1 Heather X. Greene

City Council, Pos. 1 Brad Collins

Director, Dist. 3 John Stubbs

Quillayute Parks/ Recreation District Commissioner, Pos. 1 Donald Grafstrom TURN



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Commissioner, Pos. 2 Laura L. Huling Commissioner, Pos. 3 William Peach

Chimacum School District Director, Dist. 1 Sarah Sawyer Ted Friedrich

Commissioner, Dist. 1 Annie O’Rourke

Director, Dist. 5 Kevin M. Miller

Commissioner, Pos. 1 Fred R. Stern

Commissioner, Dist. 3 James Heflin

Port Townsend School District

Brinnon Cemetery District No. 1

SunLand Water District

Director, Dist. 1 Holley Carlson

Commissioner, Pos. 1 Karl Springer

Commissioner, Dist. 1 Jim Larison

Director, Pos. 2 Rita E. Beebe-Caldwell Jennifer James-Wilson

Commissioner, Pos. 2 Roxianne Morris

Jefferson County

Chimacum/Cape George Fire District No. 1

Port of Port Townsend

Commissioner, Pos. 1 Zane Wyll Sr.

Commissioner, Dist. 3 Leif W. Erickson Peter W. Hanke

Commissioner, Pos. 3 David Johnson

City of Port Townsend

Quilcene Fire District No. 2

City Council, Pos. 2 Catharine Robinson Patrick Moore

Commissioner, Pos. 1 Deborah C. Randall Commissioner, Pos. 2 Gary Phillips

Brinnon School District Director, Pos. 1 Valerie Schindler Director, Pos. 3 Joe Baisch Director, Pos. 5 Shirley Towne Ronald Stephens

Director, Dist. 2 Gerry Rae Director at large, Pos. 5 Keith D. Meyer Greg Brotherton

Gardiner Cemetery District No. 3 Commissioner, Pos. 1 Jim Hueter

East Jefferson Hospital District No. 2 (Jefferson Healthcare) Commissioner, Pos. 3 Mark Mauney Matt Ready Commissioner, Pos. 5 Jill Buhler Savannah Hensel

Port Ludlow Fire District No. 3

Coyle/Thorndyke Parks/Recreation District No. 1

Commissioner, Pos. 2 Ed Davis

Commissioner, Pos. 2 Dennis Schmitt

Commissioner, Pos. 4 Gene Carmody Tami J. Robocker

Commissioner, Pos. 3 Larry Robinson

Brinnon Fire District No. 4

Quilcene School District

Commissioner, District No. 2

Commissioner, Pos. 3 Raelene Rossart

Brinnon Water District No. 2

Commissioner, Pos. 4 Cathy Bohman

Commissioner, Pos. 3 Meril Smith

Brinnon Parks/ Recreation District No. 2

Discovery Bay Fire District No. 5

Commissioner, Pos. 1 Bud Schindler

Commissioner, Pos. 3 Barb Knoepfle

Commissioner, Pos. 5 Doug J. Hixson

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Paradise Bay Water District No. 1

Director, Dist. 2 Cammy Brown

Black Diamond Water District


Del DelaBarre

Colleen McAleer

Paul L. McHugh

Residence: Sequim

Residence: Sequim

Residence: Sequim

Phone: 360-460-5565

Phone: 360-681-0588

Phone: 360-460-0434

Email: friendsofdeldelabarre@

Email: ColleenForPort

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 75

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 46

Education: Bachelor’s degree, engineering, University of North Dakota; certificate, government contract administration, UCLA; graduate coursework in career development, industrial training, project management and systems engineering

Education: Bachelor’s degree, computer science, Florida Institute of Technology, 1989; U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, 1990; Army Aviation Flight School, 1992; U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, 1995; Certified Commercial Investment Member, 2007

Occupation: Co-owner and treasurer, BaRay Event Services Inc., which manages American Kennel Club events. Retired president of DelaBarre & Associates Inc., a Sequim-based, programmanagement consulting firm that handled long-term program management contracts with federal agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Federal Laboratory Consortium

Occupation: Director, business development, Port of Port Angeles Campaign website: www. Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

Email: How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 56 Education: Sequim High School Class of 1975; attended Peninsula College, 1976 Occupation: Retired in 2010 as real estate sales, broker and company owner of McHugh Realtors for 35 years Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? Clallam County Parks and Recreation District No. 3 (Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center) commissioner, 1994-2001. Sequim City Council, 20012008. Appointed Port of Port Angeles Commissioner (District 1), 2012-present.

Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

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Port of Port Angeles commissioner Why are you running for this position? DelaBarre: The port’s record as a force for the growth and wellbeing of our economy is not strong. Its potential far exceeds its actual impact. It’s easy to complain, but it is more important to step up and bring new ideas and a record of accomplishment to the task of moving the port forward. As a business owner with expertise in workforce development and private-public-sector cooperation, I can provide a new vision for port leadership. McAleer: As the port’s director of business development, I have seen first-hand the exciting possibilities that can improve the region’s economy. By working with a network of business owners across the state, I realize the economic potential that we can achieve through business diversification, and I am inspired to act. As a port commissioner, I believe I can have more impact and get important projects completed for our community more quickly and effectively. McHugh: I am seeking election to continue leading the port’s effort to make Clallam County a better place to live by focusing the port’s assets on ensuring a stronger and more diversified economy with a priority on living-wage jobs and environmental remediation. Special emphasis will include KPly site redevelopment for marine trades, advanced composites manufacturing and no net loss of working forests. What about your leadership style would make you a good port commissioner? DelaBarre: My business strategy and leadership style have always been based on a systems management foundation. How does the organization work? How does it define its goals? Where does it fail to meet those goals? What can we do to make it more successful?

About the job PORT OF PORT ANGELES COMMISSIONER Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan. Election boundaries: Sequim-area District 1 (the same boundaries as the Sequim-area county commissioner district) Voters: 18,314 as of July 16 Term: Six years Meetings: Second and fourth Monday of the month. Compensation: $114 per diem for meeting days, up to 96 meeting days per year; $254 a month to a cap of $13,992 a year salary and per diem payments; medical, dental, vision, longterm disability and life insurance; mileage reimbursed at the IRS rate of 56.5 cents a mile. Duties: Passes a budget that in 2013 includes $6.2 million for general-fund, day-to-day expenses and $11 million for capital improvements. The port has a staff of 48 employees, by head count, and 36.9 full-time-equivalent positions. For the port, how do we promote strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors? The status quo isn’t good enough. The health of our business community requires experienced, tough port leadership.

I understand that working cooperatively with my fellow commissioners and my willingness to seek consensus are essential to moving the Port of Port Angeles’ strategic plan goals and objectives forward.

opportunity is created, and that’s where we are today. We have two barriers to business growth on the Peninsula: lack of a railroad and relative distance from Seattle. We can overcome both with the efficient and eco-friendly transportation method of barging. Large, manufactured assemblies could be made locally and barged into Seattle. McHugh: Environmental remediation in Port Angeles Harbor and cleanup and redevelopment of the KPly site are critical for spurring economic development and living-wage jobs in Clallam County. We need to support livingwage job creators as they look for ways to expand and diversify their businesses and our local economy. The port needs to continue investigating and promoting advanced manufacturing and composites and support Peninsula College and it job training efforts. Is the port moving fast enough to expand marine trades? Explain.

DelaBarre: No. From the outside looking in, it would appear McAleer: I believe we can the priority for the marine-tradesmake extraordinary vision and area cleanup must be elevated. strategy become reality. As a secondary port in close DelaBarre: Before jobs are I lead by example and feel proximity to Seattle, a focus on created, customers must be aware satellite maintenance and other driven to make a positive ecoof our available resources. nomic change. support facilities needs to be If the port and local governVision and big ideas are critistrengthened (applies to airport ments provide a positive environ- as well); active Marine Trades cal, but they must be supported ment for private sector growth, by the ability to apply practical Association involvement relating the companies will create the jobs. to the total Sound resources is and workable business solutions. The port is a key growth The port is chartered to critical, and a clear focus on our engine. Another critical compoimprove our economy. total strengths and how to intenent is a 21st century workforce. In today’s super-competitive grate them is needed. As a leader in workforce develbusiness environment, three critiopment for more than 30 years, I cal skill-sets are needed: experMcAleer: Our port does a know how to bring local resources great job taking care of our existtise, attention to detail and pastogether to create this essential sion. ing marine businesses and is component of economic strength. I embody each. always looking for ways to support and expand marine trades in McAleer: The aerospace McHugh: My leadership style our region. seeks to work collectively with my industry is booming, and the The port is moving quickly and fellow elected officials and the citi- domestic energy industry is mov- aggressively through the regulaing toward cleaner fuels to power tory process to redevelop the 19 zens I am elected to represent. I like a good debate and a vig- our economy. acres of the former PenPly facility. When industry progresses, orous exchange of ideas. That property is uniquely What should the port do to spur economic growth and create living-wage jobs?

suited to support additional ship and boat manufacture and repair. McHugh: The port can move faster than the state Department of Ecology as it relates to the redevelopment of the KPly site for new marine-trade opportunities. Ecology has been very supportive of the port’s effort to clean up the site and make it available for redevelopment. We need to better understand the market demand for business development at the KPly/marine trade site and start marketing this opportunity to job creators in this business segment soon. How will you balance maintaining and improving timber harvests on state and federal land with being a voice for constituents who want the environment protected? DelaBarre: A clean environment is good business. Historically, environmental issues are the most critical aspect of the port’s health and reputation as a responsible neighbor. The timber industry remains a critical component of our economy. The community as a whole will have to decide where the balance will be between our environmental capital and our industrial history. As we attract new business and new families to our area, we will all profit from a clean environment. McAleer: The port has no jurisdiction over the management of forests, and therefore no ability to directly impact harvest and environmental protection issues on state and federal lands. From a policy standpoint, the port has a mandate for environmental stewardship and also has long supported forestry with its log handling facilities. These positions aren’t mutually exclusive. They do require balancing community needs, and as a port commissioner, I would strive for that balance. TURN




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Port of Port Angeles CONTINUED FROM PRECEDING PAGE funding from the Federal Aviation Administration that the port McHugh: Studies commisrelies on to maintain and sioned by the port and others improve the airport. strongly suggest that a very good I am interested in doing whatbalance can be struck between ever we can to improve scheduled those seeking the retention of air service as well as other flight working forests and those seekoperations. Coming to agreement ing diverse wilderness forests with the City of Port Angeles that can support endangered spe- regarding redevelopment of Lincies. coln Park is a high priority for I will work to seek opportuni- me. ties to designate more wilderness areas without any net loss of Why should voters choose working forests. you over your opponents? The forest-practices industry remains critical to the economic DelaBarre: I believe voters life of Clallam County. are faced with determining if they are satisfied with the poliHow concerned are you cies and strategies the port is about declining enplanecurrently operating under. ments at William R. Fairchild If they feel improvement is International Airport? needed, they must determine if Explain. my education, experience and skill-set can help move the port DelaBarre: Like every activ- toward the needed improveity and resource of the port, a ments. focused effort must be made to Port management should not optimize the operation and utili- be about politics, it should be zation of that resource. about sound business practices, I have talked to tenants of the and this is what I excel in. airport, and although rules and regulations, especially from the McAleer: My military, busiFAA, must be followed, the port ness and port experiences enable must provide the broadest possi- me to bring an unparalleled set ble range of options to manageof skills, vision and experience. ment in dealing with airport I have recent, direct involveoperations, including leasing. ment with expanding businesses A complete review and analy- and our community partners. sis of airport and marina operaI understand port operations tions may be needed. and know in detail the financial and legal sides of port businesses. McAleer: The decline of pasI am an open and respectful sengers flying on Kenmore is a communicator able to discuss result of the decline in our coun- issues with civility, sincerity and ty’s economy. transparency. I’m much more concerned I will apply all of these attriabout our unemployed and butes as port commissioner. under-employed citizens and the low incomes. McHugh: As a lifelong resiIf we create higher paying dent of Clallam County and a jobs for our local citizens and business owner, I have had the businesses begin to flourish, our unique opportunity to underenplanements will rise. stand the challenges of making a That being said, our airport is living and creating economic a critical resource that we must opportunities in this special part protect to ensure there are no of the world. barriers for businesses. My previous experience in local government as an elected McHugh: Diminishing official has shown me how govenplanement levels at Fairchild ernment and especially the port International Airport is a concan be an agent for supporting cern. sustainable, living-wage jobs and The current level of enplaneseeking a more diverse local ments has eliminated substantial economy to support our citizens.




Director, Position No. 1

Deborah “Debby” Fuson

Sarah Methner

Residence: Port Angeles Phone: 360-460-6367 Email: livewithfreedom2@gmail. com How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 60 Education: Graduated high school in 1971 Occupation: Accounting and business services with emphasis in construction, manufacturing and retail sales Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

David M. Tietz

Residence: Port Angeles

Residence: Port Angeles

Phone: 360-460-9730

Phone: 360-797-4442



How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 43

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 50

Education: Bachelor’s degree, major in political science with a minor in U.S. history, University of Oregon; teaching certificate, Seattle Pacific University

Education: Graduate, Helena High School, Helena, Mont.; Associate of Arts degree, Olympic College, Bremerton; 40-hour course from Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center in professional mediation; courses emphasizing adolescent chemical substance treatment

Occupation: Stay-at-home mother (although rarely at home) Campaign website: www. Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? Current Port Angeles School Board Position 1 director

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Occupation: Wholesale sales Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No



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Port Angeles School District director Why are you running for this position?

About the job

reserve funds. This is money that won’t be able to be used for programs we care about in the classroom or to provide a full experience for our children.

revenue from slowly declining enrollment?

Fuson: For every student lost due to families leaving the area, PORT ANGELES SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR the district will need to make cuts from the top to the bottom. Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan. We can’t continue to be topTietz: The only way would be heavy in administration and supto cut programs. Election boundaries: The city of Port Angeles and all or Buildings are a life-and-safety port staff and take teachers out parts of the communities of Black Diamond, Bayview, Deer issue, and we are required to give of the classroom. Park, Dry Creek, Elwha, Freshwater Bay, Mount Angeles and We have to work as a team students a safe learning environMount Pleasant. and all be willing to make some ment. sacrifices for our children’s Luckily, we have an excepVoters: 19,667 as of July 16 future. tional maintenance crew that is very adept at making things Term: Four years. Methner: The district has a work on a shoestring, and they large committee working solely can get us by if the need arises. Methner: I have spent the Meetings: Second and fourth Thursdays of the month. on developing a new vision for past four years dedicating much the school district. What is your opinion of the time to learning the issues facing Compensation: None. This vision is likely to encourschool district’s “no dirty school districts. age greater flexibility. dancing” policy for student I am confident I have helped Duties: Passes a budget that for the 2012-2013 school year With greater flexibility comes dances? move this district forward and included $36.8 million for general-fund, day-to-day expenses the ability to dedicate resources look forward to further improvand $1.1 million for capital projects. Fuson: I agree with the policy. in a fluid way. ing it for not only my four chilThe district has a staff of 232 teachers, 140 classified perThe loss of enrollment has Sex education needs to be in dren, but all the children of our sonnel and 15.5 administrators, including principals and assisbeen dealt with through heartthe classroom and home, not on district. tant principals. wrenching but informed reducthe dance floor. The board approves all individual and union contracts and tions in facilities and through Tietz: As a parent of a sevcontracts with vendors. staff attrition, which has allowed Methner: We should balance enth-grader, I have a vested It also approves school policies for a head count of 3,807 stuthe avoidance of any layoffs durstudent safety and dignity with interest in seeing that our dents and 3,588 full-time-equivalent students as of June 1. the freedom to have a great time. ing my tenure on the school schools operate as efficiently as I agree with having standards board. possible with the main objective regarding appropriate behavior of providing each and every stuTietz: If the forecasts are at school. dent the opportunity to graduate If a bond measure is not accurate, we are very close to the The kids and administrators with the best education and skill- expected lifespan. Taxpayers can be respected by approved, how would you bottom and should start leveling should listen to each other, and set for their future endeavors, off. whether it be at a university or a running a bond at current histor- fund the rising cost of mainte- then the rules should be ically low rates. nance of these facilities? The full-time-equivalent sturespected. technical level. Unemployment is still high, I would love to see two things dent count for this year is above causing construction bids to be Fuson: A complete review of projections, so that is a good sign. happen. Would you support a new If it does continue to decline, more competitive. the operating budget would be First, kids coming and dancbond measure to fund the state-mandated staffing cuts will Material costs are only going needed to answer this question. ing like crazy. replacement of aging school occur. to rise. Restriction of usage outside Second, schools and kids in buildings? Why or why not? It is a great time to invest in school hours might help reduce agreement that some behaviors With increasing academic the infrastructure that serves as costs. just aren’t necessary to enjoy Fuson: While facilities are graduation requirements, I also believe that looking into school events. important to the environment in the heart and soul of our commuhow can the district maintain nity. innovative materials that would which our children learn, it is a viable vocational education extend the life of repairs and Tietz: This policy was a colwhat happens in the classroom program? Tietz: Under the right cirmaintenance and analyzing the laboration of staff, parents and that I am primarily concerned cumstances, if we are replacing cost versus the benefit of the students established many years with. Fuson: Education is not just schools that cannot be fixed or maintenance would be beneficial ago. Our enrollment continues to about book learning. instead of always looking for the decline because families are leav- the cost of repairs is too great, The fact that the current Our children need hands-on then yes. lowest bid. ing the area to find work. school population has chosen to applications to show the need to Port Angeles High School is in If this trend continues, we make it out as something new is learn math, science and English. terrible shape, the mechanical Methner: This community won’t have the support for new their right, and they are only We will need to address the systems are 25 years past their has proven that it fully supports hurting themselves and their taxes to fund building replaceamount of time spent in the useful life, the site will not meet the education of its youth. ments. class. classroom and may have to look Americans with Disabilities Act I am confident that the wisThis is a standard policy to year-round school, longer requirements, and the science dom and value of updating our Methner: Yes. Many of our throughout Washington state and school days and teachers spendlabs fail to meet current needs. facilities will be clear and will be should stand. buildings are in need of replaceing more time teaching for their The entire site, as it now sits, approved. ment. annual salaries. was not designed as a high If not, we will have to find They have, through heroic How should the school TURN TO NEXT PAGE efforts, lasted nearly twice their school. district confront the loss of money from our general and Fuson: I am very concerned about the decline in the public education system in our country and our community. I feel we need to explore more options for educating our children. I want to be able to represent the parents of children who choose not to attend college but need an education to be responsible citizens and productive members of society.

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Commissioner, Position 3 (includes Gardiner) Why are you running for this position? James D. Barnfather: My dedication to the health of our community has always been a lifelong pursuit. I am running for a second term to ensure the safety of our citizens and firefighters while maintaining good fiscal management. By applying our resources in the areas that will improve our efficiency and reliability, we can save lives and save money.

Candidates’ photos, biographical and contact information on next page in administration, fiscal budgeting and working with multiagency collaboration at the local, state and federal levels, which is crucial experience for any community during a time of need.

Sean Ryan: Due to my many years of serving Clallam County as a volunteer fireman, I have a Charles Perdomo: My prounique perspective and underfessional public safety work expe- standing of the fire department rience consisted of more than 13 and community needs. different work disciplines and 36 As fire commissioner, I would public safety professional be able to meet the needs of an licenses, certifications and train- aging community and bring a ing curriculums. new, refreshed look to the district Additionally, I have experience and its operations.

I would maximize the current budget by using my many years of advanced business experience. Would you expect the combined district levy of $1.87 per $1,000 of valuation for fire protection and emergency services to increase during your tenure? Barnfather: Since we are a junior taxing district, we ask the voters to approve our funding every 10 years or if our operations were to ever exceed our revenue. Because of the prudent oversight of our finances, we have not had to cut services or come to the voters for more tax money as other fire jurisdictions have. We will be asking simply to renew the existing levy when it expires in 2019.

Port Angeles School District CONTINUED FROM PRECEDING PAGE and English can be done if the board pushes it. Methner: Through more This will give Career and active cross-crediting of classes Technical Education students and more “marrying” of career much-needed core curriculum and technical classes with math, credits. science and English requirements. Why should voters choose All our vocational programs you over your opponents? have academic requirements that go hand in hand. Fuson: I will bring a different For example, our woodworkers perspective to the table. need geometry to create a projI believe that in every opporect. tunity, there is a win-win soluRecognizing that no program tion if we will just look deep exists in a bubble is a great first enough for it and are willing to step. work for the higher purpose of educating all the children. Tietz: The district can maintain this vital program, but it Methner: I am willing and will totally depend on the able to make thoughtful decimakeup of the School Board and sions and devote major time to whether board members want to our students and our district. save it. I have spent four years on a Cross-crediting math, science highly functioning board that

makes all decisions with “what is good for students” as its primary directive. I hope to continue this work as we move into a very exciting time for the future of our district and our community. Tietz: I have three strong skill-sets that give me an advantage over my opponents. The first is a vested interest who is now in the seventh grade and a sense of gratitude for two others who have already graduated from Port Angeles High School. Second is the training I bring regarding conflict management and professional mediation. The third is my strong track record of effectively being able to build proactive relationships in our diverse community.

Perdomo: There is no foreseeable need to increase taxes. Of the combined levies, the emergency medical services levy is already capped at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The second, the fire protection levy, is high enough at $1.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value. What really needs focus is reevaluating the current fire department budget to see how it can be made to work more efficiently without increasing taxes. Ryan: Absolutely not. I would not be in favor of raising the levy and creating more of a tax burden to the taxpayers of Clallam County. What should the fire district do to improve its Washington Survey Rating Bureau (WSRB) rating so taxpayers can lower fire insurance rates, which are now higher than the city of Sequim’s rates? Barnfather: WSRB services are used to determine insurance rates based on fire district efficiency and safety. By channeling our resources appropriately into new stations, training and maintenance facilities, high-tech equipment and inspection and public education programs, we have bettered our safety rating by three points (out of 10) since I have been in office. By continuing in this direction, we have requested another rating review in August to lower our insurance rates even further. Perdomo: First, provide public education on the different rate requirements that affect fire insurance premiums. Currently, Fire District No. 3 ratings that mostly affect home-

owners apply to whether or not there is a fire station within 5 miles from their homes, whether or not there is a hydrant within 1,000 feet of their homes and whether or not there is a water tender available. Understanding these factors is the first step in working toward finding a resolution. Ryan: I would first ask for a reclassification of the city of Sequim and Clallam County. Second, I would make sure all records are in order, and third, I would push for more fire hydrants to be installed in the county. I also believe staffing another station and water-tanker truck would lower rates. Should the district have more stations that are staffed 24/7? Explain. Barnfather: We would all love to have a staffed fire station in every neighborhood, but of course our operations are limited by tax revenue. We have in place a very efficient system that provides fire and EMS services with reasonable response times. Through the use of strategically placed stations and a welltrained volunteer force to augment the professional staff, we are providing quality service and keeping our taxes in check. Perdomo: Ideally, yes. The district would benefit unimaginably if all seven fire stations could be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week instead of having just three stations. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, because the additional staffing would be contingent on whether the fiscal budget can support such expense. TURN





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About the job CLALLAM COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT NO. 3 COMMISSIONER Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan. Election boundaries: East of Deer Park Road near Port Angeles to Gardiner in Jefferson County. At 142 square miles, it is the largest fire district in Clallam and Jefferson counties. Voters: 23,173 in Clallam County, 345 voters in Jefferson County, as of July 2. Term: Six years Meetings: First and third Tuesdays of each month. Compensation: $114 per meeting, effective July 1, 2013; IRS mileage allowance of 56.5 cent a mile. Duties: Commissioners approve and oversee an annual budget for fire and emergency medical services that in 2013 is $11.6 million for general fund, day-to-day expenditures, and supports a staff of 44 employees and 72 volunteer and emergency medical technicians who earn $20 per callout. The district has more than 5,500 callouts a year. Commissioners also approved capital expenditures of $396,300 in 2013.


Perdomo: Because I have dedicated my entire professional It is my goal to oversee the career to serving my community current budget by trying to create with passion, loyalty and the additional firefighter positions never-ending pursuit of excellence. without creating additional taxes. I bring the citizens of Clallam County my vast experience in the Ryan: Yes. Due to mutual aid fire-rescue service and bring a fresh with Fire District No. 2 and callvolume increasing, it would lend and new perspective as to how we can work together to modify fiscal better coverage for the district. It will allow for faster response budgets to run a more efficient fire times in the event of an emergency. rescue department without reducing quality of service. Why should voters choose you over your opponents? Ryan: With more than 20 years as a successful business Barnfather: I have spent my owner and being a fire district entire professional career of 37 volunteer fireman, I would serve years in the fire service, right as both a commissioner and volhere in the Northwest. unteer firefighter. I know this area, its people I will keep the department and what we need. current with up-to-date technolI have demonstrated visionary leadership while providing public ogy while continuing to operate accountability and transparency. within the existing budget. I have lived and served in this I have worked to provide the area for more than 18 years, I’ve best training and equipment available for our first responders, raised my family here, and I and that equates to the safest, most have a personal interest in every efficient community for us all. aspect of this community.

James D. Barnfather

Charles Perdomo

Sean Ryan

Residence: Sequim

Residence: Sequim

Residence: Port Angeles

Phone: 360-683-2412

Phone: 360-683-2088

Phone: 360-912-0224

Email: barnfatherforfire

Email: perdomoforfire

Email: ryanforfire

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election day? 62

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 44

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 51

Education: Two years of college, emergency medical technician certification, heart monitor specialist certification, teaching certificate, taught public CPR and first-aid, senior engineering rating, engineering instructor certificate, Seattle Fire Department; certifications in fire service law, policies/procedures, public records, fire service finances, strategic planning, ethics, labor negotiations, annexations and mergers, leadership.

Education: Attended St. Thomas University, Miami Dade College, Broward College, and St. Petersburg College, all in Florida.

Education: High school, Fire District No. 3 recruit training, Emergency Management Institute FEMA training

Occupation: Retired from the fifth largest fire department in the country, Miami Dade Fire Rescue in Florida, where I worked as a fire lieutenant, paramedic, hazardous materials technician/specialist, a wildland firefighter, a rescue diver, an airport firefighter, a driver operator, a motorcycle paramedic, a CPR instructor, an emergency medical dispatch instructor and a quality assurance specialist.

Occupation: Owner of America’s Elite Inc., a water restoration and moving company, for 30 years

Occupation: Retired from the Seattle Fire Department as a senior engineer/EMT with 31 years of service. Campaign website: On Facebook, “Re-elect James Barnfather for Fire Commissioner” Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? Currently serving six-year term as fire commissioner for Clallam County Fire District No. 3, Position 3.

Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

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City Council member, Positions 1 and 5 ropolitan parks district and any school district bond measures. ■ Provides clear evidence that the city is in sound financial posiGarrison: ■ To address the current bud- tion to meet the highest bond rating. get crisis and the council policies ■ Answers convincingly the that have brought us to this crisis. ■ To re-establish open, trans- concerns put forth in Paper Trails Blog in The Leader weekly newsparent and accountable city govpaper and/or any other critical ernment. forums. ■ To reset our council-man■ Allows the public to catch up ager form of government, returnfor all the missing public meetings! ing control to the council and the residents of Port Townsend. Jautz: No, but I’m glad that it is on the ballot. Jautz: I want to restore the I feel that technology; the city’s financial health by getting it Internet, search engines and Kinremoved from the state’s credit dle have taken over many of the watch. library’s functions. This means voting for only Furthermore, there is no shortessential projects after careful age of meeting rooms, so building scrutinizing. more is unnecessary. Letting voters decide on new The $3 million can be spent projects is far better than councilmore effectively on the city’s aging approved spending. infrastructure. Hopefully, getting spending Repairs to the water system under control will allow the city to will equal the city’s annual budlower taxes. get, and our rates will be going up. Sandoval: It’s an honor to Even though that financing is serve, and I would like to continue through loans, they have to be to do so. repaid. The values I ran on in my first campaign remain constant, yet Sandoval: Libraries are comthe world has changed drastically munity assets. since 2001. Voters overwhelmingly passed Nationwide fiscal challenges a levy to support expanded operations, with an eye toward an are only part of what has expanded library. changed. It is an integral part of the As our council members education economy being created change, there are many projects in Port Townsend. that have been in process for It services a broad constituyears that need historical perency, including those without the spective for completion. Changes with staff retirements wherewithal to purchase books and without computers/internet. will occur in the near future. I believe in investment in public facilities. How will you be voting in I heard passionate voices pro the library bond measure and and con. We need to let the citiwhy? zens decide. I will vote yes. Garrison: I will vote no unless the library foundation: How would you compare ■ Publicly declares its stance prioritizing the library bond mea- the strong-mayor and weaksure, fire district annexation, met- mayor formats, and is the Why are you running for this position?

Vernon Garrison

Bob Jautz

Michelle Sandoval

Residence: Port Townsend

Residence: Port Townsend

Residence: Port Townsend

Phone: 360-301-2009

Phone: 360-643-1680

Phone: 360-981-6562




How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 69

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 74

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 55

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of the Pacific, Stockton Calif.; graduate program: education, teaching credential, secondary education, state of California,

Education: Bachelor’s degree, economics, University of Wisconsin; bachelor’s degree in business administration, University of Wisconsin, master’s degree in business administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco

Education: Chico State University, UCLA film/television; Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York City

Occupation: Semi-retired, construction and land development Campaign website: Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? Yes, Port Townsend City Council, 1999-2001

Occupation: 20 years, stockbroker, New York Stock Exchange member firms and my own office; 15 years, transportation surveyor, California Department of Transportation, now retired

Occupation: Real estate broker, co-owner of Windermere Real Estate Port Townsend Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? Three terms, Port Townsend City Council, two terms as mayor

Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

weak-mayor format working in Port Townsend? Garrison: For comparison information go to http://tinyurl. com/n5jvyxh. The weak-mayor format is not

working. The recent successive “weak mayors” in Port Townsend government have overstepped the “symbolic” function of the mayoral position. The City Councils in the past 10 years have consistently failed

to set firm and prudent policy. The city manager has been dominating development of policy contrary to the precepts of council-manager form of government. TURN




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PT City Council, Position No. 1 CONTINUED FROM PRECEDING PAGE Jautz: I strongly oppose council-selected mayors. Voters’ opinions are critical, and previous councils have not consulted them enough. I believe that is one reason we are on the state’s credit watch. Sandoval: The people of Port Townsend changed this format in 2000. This is the format we work under and it is the law. Changing yet again would costs thousands of dollars and two elections to change. How can local governmental agencies (city, county, Port of Port Townsend) better work together in general, and what can the city do in particular? Garrison: Local government agencies need to be urged to seek economies of scale and cost-saving, symbiotic agreements. The city, county and school district should evaluate the possibility of merging resources and facilities to expand recreational opportunities, branch libraries, workstudy apprenticeships in city departments, mentorships, tutoring by elderly at the community center. Pass on the wisdom! The city and county governments must work with total cooperation to keep the Port of Port Townsend vibrant. Living-wage jobs!

control, reduce taxes.

About the job CITY COUNCIL, POSITIONS 1 AND 5 Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan. Voters: 7,237 as of July 2. Term: Four years. Meetings: First and third Mondays of the month; workshop meeting on the second Monday. Compensation: $500 monthly for all council members except the mayor, who receives $750 a month. Council duties: ■ Passes a budget that for 2013 is $14.6 million, including $6.5 million for general-fund, day-to-day operations and $8.1 million for capital projects. ■ Hires a city manager who is responsible for 89 employees, by head count, and 83 full-time-equivalent positions. ■ Adopts ordinances, approves contracts and serves on city, county, regional and state boards, commissions and committees.

school district building better edu- discretionary resources available? cational opportunities. The law states what services we must fund. What is the best way for citThey are limited to law and ies to determine which services justice, police, fire service and to cut? infrastructure needs. Our comprehensive plan Garrison: Determine which passed in 1999 outlines our comservices to provide. munity vision. Using that vision Determine from frequent, open as a touchstone, since thousands public meetings what services res- of hours of public input went into idents need and require. that document, should be our guide. Council policy directive, with city manager input as requested. What is the most important Determine the resources avail- challenge facing Port Jautz: This is a tricky area able to fund the services with a Townsend during the next because goals are not always the same, and allocating costs is diffi- clear and transparent budget for- four years, and how would you address it? cult. It is not an automatic win-win. mat. Council policy directive, with Each partnership has to be city manager input as requested. Garrison: Budget crisis. considered separately. Set department budgets for Stop the wasteful spending for staffing levels to deliver the serour future at the expense of our Sandoval: Given the limited vices. present. resources of all jurisdictions, we Council policy directive. With Stop the tax and spend, spend need to acknowledge different and tax policy of the last 10 years roles and responsibilities but also city manager input as requested. By the people, for the people! that has led to two consecutive understand many of our constitunegative audits by the state auditor. ents are the same and see no Jautz: Services do not have to The city is at risk of not servicjurisdictional boundaries. be cut — projects do. ing bond debt with inadequate Citizens simply want efficient If that decision came up, I ending-fund reserves. and effective service. would consult Councilman Bob The city is working many Gray, who thinks like I do. Jautz: It is getting our financross-jurisdictional partnerships cial house in order. and should continue to find the Sandoval: I would ask the First, get off the credit watch. nexus for our citizens: supporting question differently: What Then work on exceeding our marine trades, hospital district services does our community own reserve requirements. and fire/EMS through transport services and currently with our desire to fund with the limited Finally, with spending under

Sandoval: Our city is 150 years old, as is our infrastructure. We should be proactive in replacing/repairing rather than wait for crisis to occur. Since Initiative 695, we have little funding from the state. Federal funding has become slim, highly competitive. Slowly and surely we are making headway. No real solutions can be achieved without those state and federal partnerships. An understanding of what impact voters’ choices have had on the state’s infrastructure must come first. Why should voters choose you over your opponents? Garrison: I am experienced at reforming city government. I was part of a group that brought council-manager government to Port Townsend in 1999. The incumbent is running for re-election so she can continue the policies of the last 10 years To this I say, if we don’t learn from the mistakes of the past, we are doomed to repeat them! Do you want more of the same? Or is it time for a change? Jautz: I expect economic difficulties once interest rates start going up, and it is essential that the city be in the best financial position possible in order to weather the storm. I represent an opinion that can say no to many projects that, while nice, are not critical. I am not taking contributions, so I’m only obligated to these opinions and no one else. Sandoval: I believe in the power of community. I believe in civic dialogue. I believe in ensuring our historic community moves forward with thoughtful and appropriate progress that reflects our values. I believe in finding solutions. I believe in investing in our community assets, including the people. I believe that Port Townsend is one of the last, great places in America and want to ensure that it stays that way.


PT City Council, Position No. 5 Why are you running for this position? Adams: I can bring fresh perspective to continuing issues. I can help find simpler and easier ways for the public to be involved in the process of local government. I can look for new sources of revenue to relieve some of our property tax burden. I can listen to the business community and find the best ways to support them. I can work with economic development groups to encourage economic growth and development. Oakford: Since moving to Port Townsend in June of 2008, my wife, Bonnie, and I have fallen in love with this wonderful community. Being able to easily meet with and connect with current elected officials has given me a positive experience with the political process. With the departure of Mr. [Mark] Welch from Position 5, I have decided that I want to become a part of the process in Port Townsend. Sherwood: As a long-term resident and small business owner and a community volunteer who has worked daily with a broad cross-section of the community since 1976, I have the knowledge, abilities, vision and practicality to help manage the continuing change necessary in city government to remain relevant and effective as we move further into the 21st century. How will you be voting in the library bond measure and why? Adams: My husband and I utilize the library weekly. TURN





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I believe that combined meetings should be held every one or two months so that goal-setting and project management can be worked out so the common good of the city, port and county can move forward with fewer afterthe-fact adjustments and less duplication of efforts.

Our budget doesn’t allow us to buy all the books and magazines and newspapers we like to read. To me, a public library is an integral part of any community. It serves the poorest and the richest alike. The Council was right to put the library up for a vote. My question is: What do the citizens want? Oakford: The Port Townsend city library is an especially precious part of this community. Within the boundaries of prudent stewardship, I will be voting for those measures that will help the library move toward its vision. Sherwood: As of the due date for this information for the PDN on May 31, I don’t know. I have questions and am seeking answers as the campaign for the bond develops over the next couple of months before I make up my mind on this particular bond proposal. Our community needs a viable and successful public library system for the mid-21st century. How would you compare the strong-mayor and weakmayor formats, and is the weak-mayor format working in Port Townsend? Adams: A strong mayor would need CE0 qualifications and CEO pay, and still he would have to hire an administrative assistant to take care of the dayto-day. As long as the council utilizes its checks and balances and holds the city manager to a high standard, the weak-mayor style is the best choice. In the 2½ years I’ve been going to council meetings and following issues, the present system seems to work well. Oakford: A great leader or group of leaders may not always possess the skill-set for the dayto-day operations of the city. While I believe that there are some issues that need to be addressed, I believe that the weak-mayor, city manager model

Pamela Adams

Steve Oakford

Harold J. Sherwood

Residence: Port Townsend

Residence: Port Townsend

Residence: Port Townsend, WA

Phone: 360-379-9068

Phone: 360-531-1370

Phone: 360 385-0512




How old will you be on Election Day, Nov. 5: 69

How old will you be on Election Day, Nov. 5? 69

How old will you be on Election Day, Nov. 5? 65

Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, Doctor of Chiropractic

Education: High school diploma and approximately 3½ years of applied college and vocational courses, no degree awarded.

Education: Washington State University. Studies in philosophy, genetics, sociology, microbiology, biology, zoology, embryology, economics, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medicine and surgery, graduating in 1973 with the degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Occupation: I am a retired chiropractor presently teaching anatomy and physiology at the Port Townsend School of Massage. Campaign website: www. Have you ever held elective public office? No.

Occupation: Currently retired, after 15 years of service at King County Metro Transit, five years with Virginia Mason Hospital and 25 years in the hospitality industry. This includes 15 years with the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, Calif. Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

is right for our community and with careful work can be made better. Sherwood: The weak mayor format in Port Townsend is working about the same as the strong mayor format did. A major plus for the strong mayor format: If the majority feels things are not going well under the current leadership of the city CEO, they have a direct vote every four years, allowing a change in direction.

No matter which system is used, four of the seven members of the City Council still control the budget. How can local governmental agencies (city, county, Port of Port Townsend) better work together in general, and what can the city do in particular? Adams: Some recent examples of the good that comes from agencies working together for the benefit of all: The sharing of

Occupation: Veterinarian Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? Yes, two terms on the Port Townsend School Board

Proposition 1 revenues between the county and city and the exchange of Kah Tai and waterfront properties between the Port of Port Townsend and the city. This interdependency benefits all of us, and I will work to foster a spirit of mutual cooperation as issues arise. Oakford: Our elected officials in our community are good people with common goals, albeit not always the same path to those goals.

Sherwood: The city of Port Townsend, Jefferson County and port district share common interests, needs and goals, jobs, economy, services and finances. There needs to be an open and public sharing of all common needs and goals along with solutions. They are not in competition, even though some of those involved in local government and business seem to think so, much to the benefit of certain specialinterest groups. We need to move past that first. What is the best way for cities to determine which services to cut? Adams: Small towns die when essential services are cut. I will work hard to keep the town a great place to visit, a great place to start and run a business, and a great place to live for all our citizens by focusing on economic development. Oakford: First is to determine what are the essential services that absolutely must be provided efficiently and costeffectively. Then we must recognize that some ventures are beneficial but not critically vital to the community and that they should be deferred to the future when economic recovery will make them affordable without acquiring debt that will fall to our descendents. Sherwood: An ongoing, open process involving all citizens about services desired, critical services needed and how much the majority is willing to pay to provide the services. TURN




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PT City Council, Position 5 CONTINUED FROM PRECEDING PAGE We need a “truth in services, spending and taxes” philosophy so the City Council and voters have the information to make these important decisions. The state audit reports raise serious issues and many questions about how things have been done in the past.

Sherwood: Competing needs versus limited tax revenues and what the voter is willing to pay for is the major challenge. Taxes versus essential or desired services. An open public process must be used at all times utilizing a “truth in government” philosophy. The electorate needs factual and truthful data to make its decisions on the services needed, what they desire and how much the majority is willing to spend for those services to be delivered.

Commissioner, District 2

Why should voters choose you over your opponents?

Sherwood: Knowledge, experience and a demonstrated ability of creative problem-solving. As a long-term resident, small business owner, and community volunteer since 1976 whose children were born and successfully raised in the community, I have a deep knowledge of Port Townsend and what will be needed for a successful future. I am also experienced as an elected officeholder and know what a balanced budget looks like from my two terms on the School Board.



About the Job appears on Page 10

Adams: I have a vision of Port Townsend as a haven for young entrepreneurs, backyard Internet-based companies, who create jobs just by living and What is the most imporspending in Port Townsend but tant challenge facing Port Townsend during the next whose environmental impact is four years, and how would slight. you address it? What if Port Townsend had a special reduced tax or tax incenAdams: Like all local govern- tive program for these and other ments in this era of reduced small companies? state and federal aid, the issue If not tax, maybe certain discontinues to be to find ways to counts or special services could balance revenue and spending. be applied. My personal goal is to create Small Craft Advisor pubways for the public to be more lished in Port Townsend is one involved in bringing issues success story. before the council and having greater input during ongoing Oakford: Being a relative issues. newcomer to Port Townsend, I am not connected to any particOakford: The most imporular interest group or party. tant challenge that we face as a I believe that I can bring a community is prudent steward- fresh and balanced viewpoint to ship of our resources that have the matters at hand. a finite limit. Only as a last My commitment to Port resort would I support an Townsend is to maintain the increase in taxes or fees. lifestyle that is unique to our I will commit to taking the community and steward wisely time to study the issues before our natural beauty, with pruthe City Council and make dent support of business develmyself available to all constituopment that will prosper Port ents to garner their input on Townsend and Jefferson County. these matters.


Brad Clinefelter

William “Bill” Putney

Peter Quinn

Residence: Nordland

Residence: Port Townsend

Residence: Port Townsend

Phone: 360-531-1303

Phone: 360-302-5577

Phone: 360-379-1360



Email: greenislehorizon@ How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 53 Education: Graduated high school in 1978 in Lake Oswego, Ore.; two years, structural engineering, Portland State University; graduated, 1981, Inland Boatman Union tugboat seamanship training, Astoria, Ore.; numerous training seminars regarding marine terminal operation safety and environmental compliance; graduated 2009, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Port Hadlock

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 67

How old will you be on Nov. 5, Election Day? 59

Education: High school graduate, 1965, Birmingham High School, Van Nuys, Calif.; aviation technology 2005, College of Alameda, Alameda, Calif.

Education: Lewis and Clark College, English, strong minor in business

Occupation: Retired project engineer-manager

Occupation: Business owner, executive director of EDC Team Jefferson, Jefferson County’s economic development council

Campaign website:

Campaign website: www.

Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

Occupation: Owner, Mystery Bay Charters & Services; retired after 30 years in maritime heavy industry Campaign website: None Have you ever held elective public office, and if so, what? No

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Port of PT commissioner, District 2 Why are you running for this position? Clinefelter: My experience in operation and management of marine terminal facilities will benefit the Port of Port Townsend in all areas of port operations, tenant and port administration relations, port customer service, and port employee career and work environment. Assurance of future environmental and safety compliance. Foster future growth and development to attract new business, create more familywage careers and establish a healthy, diversified local economy founded on service and manufacturing businesses, tourism and transportation. Putney: I was asked to run by the current District 2 commissioner [David Thompson]. He and I both believe that the addition of my aviation experience as a pilot and aircraft mechanic, and my experience as a project manager, will make a better commission. I want see the port take a more active role in promoting its facilities and services. I believe this will make the port a stronger economic partner for Jefferson County businesses.

About the job PORT OF PORT TOWNSEND COMMISSIONER Partisan or nonpartisan: Nonpartisan. Election boundaries: Same as Jefferson County Commissioner District 2 and includes the communities of Cape George, Chimacum, Irondale, Kala Point and Nordland. Voters: 7,492 as of July 2 Term: Four years Meetings: Regular meetings the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, and a work session also on the second Wednesday every month. Compensation: $114 per diem for meeting days, up to 96 meeting days per year, and a monthly salary amount of $254, to a cap of $13,992 a year in salary and per diem payments; medical and dental insurance; mileage reimbursed at the IRS rate of 56.5 cents a mile. Duties: Passes a budget that in 2013 includes $5.6 million for general-fund, day-to-day expenses and $2.4 million for capital improvements. The port has a staff of 28 employees, by head count, and 27.5 full-time-equivalent positions.

commuter and cargo transportation as well as industrial park development. It can and should serve as a significant commuter and touristaccess option. Federal grants are available Quinn: I bring strong skills in for facility expansions, which management, business creation incorporate new manufacturing and a serious desire to do good work in the community I fiercely and service industries, creating claim as my home. family-wage careers and a The port is a critical part of healthy local economy, which our economic infrastructure. would make the airport a more I hope the residents of District attractive option for future 2 will give me an opportunity to business development. serve them as their port commissioner. Putney: This is the only I have worked in economic public airport in East Jefferson development for the last 10 years County. and in the county since moving It is well-maintained and will here in 2006. be a critical asset if a regional disaster strikes. How well is Jefferson Encouraging emergency County International Airport services to locate at the airport serving the needs of county should be a priority. residents and visitors? The airport does not draw as Explain. many visitors to the county as it should. Clinefelter: The airport is clearly underutilized for Our area has everything to

make this a premiere flying destination for the entire West Coast. It needs to be developed and promoted. Quinn: The airport is an area of opportunity for the port, not only in terms of aviation but also through development of the adjacent industrial park in a manner that can succeed in Jefferson County. Traditional commercial development approaches cost too much up front. I will use my significant background in strategic thinking and pursuit of elegant solutions to move all areas of port economic development efforts forward. What should the port do to spur economic growth? Clinefelter: Develop a marketing strategy to attract new business tenants. Focus on businesses that

employ family-wage, careerorientated occupations. The port administration and commission should reach out to present port tenants and incorporate their ideas on how existing tenant operations can be made more profitable. A partnership relationship between port administration and the commission should be established with existing port business tenants to facilitate a cooperative effort to make the port a more attractive alternative.

Putney: A passenger ferry service to Seattle is very attractive. However, I don’t feel that the port is best suited to be the operator of this service. If the port had to operate this service at a loss to be attractive to riders, the deficit would adversely affect the port’s other operations, require additional tax revenues or increase costs to port tenants.

Quinn: This is a bigger issue than a single boat going to Seattle. Putney: The port has to be I was in several meetings more active in marketing its where the various passenger services and facilities. ferry options were discussed. It has to actively work with I would have voted to continue community organizations to build pursuit of the ferry in Kingston. economic partnerships that will We had a free boat. Not a benefit the entire county. perfect boat but a free one. We needed operating capital Quinn: to attract an operator. ■ Be proactive in efforts to At the very least, we missed make port assets available for an opportunity to learn just how existing and prospective far off this possibility is. business. ■ Support all economic What skills now lacking on development efforts in the the port commission would county. you bring to the table? ■ Develop incremental, feasible strategies for the Clinefelter: development of the port’s ■ Extensive experience in undeveloped land. marine facility operations, ■ Seek out partnerships. management, overall ■ Take a few more risks. administration, maintenance and Results are often just on the capital improvements. other side of the comfort zone. ■ In-depth knowledge of ■ Put a fence around the risk, safety and environmental but take it. permits such as NPDES [National Pollutant Discharge Should the idea of a Elimination System], POTW passenger ferry to Seattle be [Publicly Owned Treatment resuscitated? Explain. Works], DEQ [Department of Clinefelter: In the last year, Environmental Quality]. a failure of passenger ferry ■ Air emissions discharge and service between Kingston and OSHA requirements. Seattle indicates that the ■ Experience in union and subsidies necessary to operate non-union employee negotiations such a service would be quite and relationships to establish a costly and would not likely positive and productive work improve the economic condition environment that incorporates a for our community. partnership type relationship There has been a lot of capital among all staff. invested in a feasibility study ■ Recognition that port rates that indicated few benefits to should be structured to make local business. Port facilities accessible to its There was an earlier attempt community. in the late 1990s, which proved to be underutilized as well. TURN TO NEXT PAGE


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Port of PT commissioner CONTINUED FROM PRECEDING PAGE through marketing and demonstrating a friendly, welcoming attitude. Putney: The airport is the ■ Avoid wasteful practices only facility the port must opersuch as hiring consultants at ate by law. In the past, port commission- very high rates and approach future development with comers have come from the marimon-sense knowledge. time sector. ■ Develop a maintenance While it is clear that the budget schedule that protects port’s maritime interests are paramount, the aviation experi- port assets and avoids costly capital expenditures on ence I can bring will provide a better-rounded decision-making neglected structures. ■ Encourage and develop body. goal-management to promote a productive, team-oriented work Quinn: I am strategic and tactical and have worked in eco- environment. nomic development for more Putney: Like any organizathan five years in that mode. tion with large, fixed costs, the Helping to bring broadband infrastructure improvements is way to become more efficient and cost-effective is to encouran important deliverable in recent years as is serving as the age greater use of the facilities. In the case of a public agency volunteer CEO of Quimper Merlike the port, it needs to be cantile Company. I have worked with hundreds aware of the needs of the community and encourage uses that of business owners in Jefferson enhance the well-being of County, working with them to start, grow or sustain their busi- county residents. nesses. Quinn: Continuous improveI am an active participant in ment. I have created and run pursuit of our economic welllean operations and would bring being. that experience to the commission. How can the port become Focus. Know the five things more efficient and cost-effecwe are going to do next. tive? Proactive development. Undeveloped port property land Clinefelter: and unleased space is a lost ■ By developing a positive opportunity partnership relationship with Marina management. The its moorage and business tenmoorage industry will go ants. ■ Attracting more customers through significant change in

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the next five-10 years. We need to look ahead and be ready. Pursue partnerships. They make us bigger and save us money.



Proposition 1: Library bonds

Why should voters choose you over your opponents?


Clinefelter: There is no substitute for experience. I have succeeded in both heavy and light marine industry my entire career. This encompasses administration, operations management, budget preparation and implementation, and client service and negotiations for building positive customer relationships to support a secured future. I have developed and implemented complicated environmental and safety programs to ensure full compliance with all regulatory agencies. Through positive reinforcement, a productive, team-oriented work environment can be established.

PORT TOWNSEND — An Aug. 6 primary election bond measure that is intended to raise $3 million for the Port Townsend Library would pay for a renovation project that has decreased in size since it was first proposed. But it still represents too large a tax burden, according to those who oppose the measure. Proposition 1, which will need a supermajority of 60 percent plus one vote to pass, would fund the renovation and expansion of the Carnegie Library portion of the complex at 1220 Lawrence St. The $4.3 million project, which augments the money to be raised by the bond with privately raised funds, has been scaled down by more than half of the previously proposed $9 million. The plan calls for the construction of a new, two-story addition in place of one that was built in 1990 and would create space for collections, while the top floor of the Carnegie Library will be used as a community meeting space. Teri Nomura, speaking for the bond at a recent forum, said the presence of a strong library changes the perception of the community and increases the quality of living. Nomura said that Port Townsend residents support the library, with 500 visitors a day, and that 90 percent of local residents have a valid library card. “The library can be an asset or detriment to your long-term property value,” she said. “People and businesses decide to move here or not based on what we as a community have to offer, and the library is part of that picture.” Nomura said the cost increase is insignificant against the value of a vital library. Taxes will increase $28 per year for a $200,000 house, or $2.33 a

Putney: Since moving to the county four years ago, I have devoted myself to making this place we love better for everyone. I have given thousands of volunteer hours helping to build KPTZ as its chief engineer. I don’t have a business interest to protect and will be evenhanded. I have the time and energy to dedicate to making the port work for everyone in the county to the best of its capability. Quinn: I have a record of achievement I don’t believe my opponents can match. I have started six companies, two in Jefferson County. I have led several complex organizations. My intense involvement in economic development in Jefferson County. This is a continuation of a five-year effort. I grew up in a maritime family and have the unique combination of “wooden boat” temperament and business management skills.



month, which is less than the cost of a latte, Nomura said. The tax amount still has raised the opposition of City Council member Bob Gray, who opposes the measure because it places an extra burden on property owners who will also face an increase in utility bills amortized over the next two years. Speaking against the bond, Rick Jahnke said that the library will receive ongoing support through a lid lift approved in 2008. “We all support the libraries, but we don’t support this measure,” Jahnke said. “We are coming out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, but we’ve continued to invest in our library through the recession, and that was unique,” he said. “Instead of the current projects, we can provide satellite libraries because they provide new spaces for the people.” The satellite idea has met with resistance from the measure’s supporters, who say it would be more expensive to maintain several locations due to staffing and utilities. Jahnke said the library has enough current resources to run an effective operation, and that some residents will be stretched too thin if they need to pay higher taxes brought about by the library bond and utility rate increases. “We need to make sure that our water and sewer systems are taken care of,” he said. “If they aren’t, there won’t be a lot of people and businesses moving here, no matter how good our library is.” Nomura said the discussion about the library’s renovation has gone on for 16 years and needs to be decided now. “You need to consider what will happen if this isn’t passed: that we will move backward and have less space.”


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