A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 42 in the 2010 Washington General Election
On this race:
Elected Experience: No information submitted
Other Professional Experience: My family’s business, Jerns Funeral Chapel, is the oldest business of its kind in Whatcom County. I’m also the past owner of both Pat Jerns Enterprises, where I managed and represented several entertainment groups, and Allied Personnel Employment Agency, which helped people find jobs. I’ve worked as the National Sales Manager for a manufacturing company, and then moved into Real Estate, which I’ve now done for over 20 years. I am currently one of only 35 instructors certified in the United States to teach a two day designation course on the use of collaborative negotiations.
Education: No information submitted
Community Service: No information submitted
Statement: Unemployment is in the double digits in Whatcom County. Our politicians are engaging in partisan infighting instead of delivering results. It’s time for a State Senator who understands what small business needs in order to create jobs. My opponent has had his chance in the Legislature – it’s time for a change.
I’ve worked in the business community for 50 years in Whatcom County, as a Realtor and small business owner. I have a unique perspective on the challenges facing small business – from high taxation to cumbersome regulation. Creating jobs and keeping taxes low will be my top priorities in the State Senate. I will work across party lines in order to end needless partisan bickering, and deliver results for working families.
My roots in our community are deep, going back to the 1800’s when my family first moved to the Pacific Northwest. I am a past recipient of the Realtor of the Year award for Whatcom County, past President of the local Realtors Association and an educator in our community on real estate practices. My experience as a business owner and my deep roots in the community make me uniquely qualified to serve you in the State Senate.