Longshoreman, Port of Tacoma - Foreman, 41 years
City/Community of Residence
High School Graduate
City of Milton Events Committee, ILWU Local 98 and 23 - secretary/dispatch, ILWU West Coast Negoitation committee, ILWU Executive Board, ILWU Credit Union Executive Board, Propeller Club Executive Board. Help to found St. Leo's hospitality kitchen and volunteers their monthly as well as City of Milton and Edgewood Food Banks.
ILWU - local 23 and 98
Dick Marzano - Port of Tacoma Commissioner
Connie Bacon - Port of Tacoma Commissioner
30th District Democrates
27th District Democrates
Pierce County Labor Council
Pierce County Central Committee
National Writers Union - 1981
Dan Sexton - Tacoma Civil Service Board
Anita Latch - Tacoma Civil Service Board
Carolyn Edmonds - Washington State Representative
To be fiscally prudent we would determine the essential functions and adjust from the top down. The current trend is to outsource or eliminate our city's services, such as the municipal court, volunteer fire department, and senior services. Was this necessary when the current administration has been using city resources to look into premium health care for the mayor and council?
Through careful and thoughtful planning, with the involvement of our citizens.
The partnership between our citizens and city government. Government's first and foremost job is to serve the its citizens.
We need to start a realistic drug awareness programs for our youth so they may make informed decisions when faced with the choice. As well as provide information for city staff and citizens, enabling them to make appropriate decisions as this unprecedented issue presents itself.
Mayor of Milton
City/Community of Residence
Art Institude of Seattle; several years of banking, business and real estate education.
Lion's Club (President), Parks Board, Economic Development Board, Planning Commission, Events Committee, City Council, Mayor, Pierce County Regional Council, Puget Sound Regional Council, Pierce County Cities and Towns (Vice Chair), Suburban Cities Association, Business Recycling Project Committee, Steering Committee for Low Income Housing, Chamber of Commerce
State Representative Linda Kochmar, Past State Representative Katrina Asay, Councilmembers Robert Whalen, Bart Taylor, and Lois Zaroudny, and many local businesses.
In 2010, building had come to a halt. We reorganized and negotiated an agreement with Fife, saving $70-80,000 per year to date. In 2011, we reduced our budget overrun by $300,000, and I reorganized one department for an annual savings of $67,000. We will continue to analyze every contract and empty position for both savings and efficiency, while maintaining public safety as our #1 priority.
The mandated Urban Growth Act can be challenging to a 106-year-old city that is largely built out. These challenges led us to look at the business districts on the outskirts of our city, where mixed use and high density would have positive effects and be welcome. Our job is to plan the infrastructure to accommodate that growth, while protecting the character of the city we call home.
We have several partnerships with cities and agencies, providing huge savings, efficiencies, and services to our citizens that we could not otherwise afford. East Pierce Fire District, supported by over 70% of the voting public, is a great example of that, as are the various agreements we have with neighboring cities and agencies for things like 911 dispatch, jail, and municipal court services.
My duty as Mayor is to uphold the laws of Washington state - the laws put in place by the people's vote. If a viable business of any kind meets both state and city requirements, it shall be welcomed as any other business to do business in the proper designated zone set by Council for the well-being of everyone concerned.