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.