A candidate for State Representative Pos. 1, Legislative District 15 in the 2010 Washington General Election
Elected Experience: First-time political office candidate.
Other Professional Experience: Retired Quality, Safety/Health, Materials Engineer in ferrous foundry industry and in high-purity glass manufacturer.
Education: BA in Mathematics from the University of Texas, 1970. Graduate work in Materials Science.
Community Service: Involved in community committees such as High School Curriculum, Stevenson Planning Commission, Regional Planning Council, Mt. Adams District Collaborative Group (Gifford Pinchot National Forest) during 30 years' residence in Skamania County. Co-founder of the Skamania County Economic Development Council (1985). Statement: Major concerns for our Legislative District: 1) Sustainable forest management on Washington forestlands for forest health, jobs, wildfire prevention, greenhouse-gas sequestration; 2) Increased development of renewable-energy generation systems, including biomass; 3) Replace Sales and B&O Taxes with progressive income-tax system.
Most rural Washington legislative districts elect Republicans nowadays. The Washington legislature, however, has a strong - and stable - Democratic Party majority. As a result of partisan political maneuvering - and basic policy differences - this party differential puts rural/agricultural issues at a disadvantage. We need more Democrats - like myself - with a rural, agricultural focus and bias.