Keeping Kitsap Great

It’s difficult to fathom the end of this term in office is quickly coming to a close. I have been honored to serve our community and I intend to run for re-election in 2016.

The past five years as your County Commissioner have been extremely fulfilling for me, and I hope you believe that your investment has paid off.

Since my election as your Kitsap County Commissioner, I have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for citizens across Kitsap County, and I am pleased to share with you a few of my recent accomplishments:

  • Adopted a Shoreline Management Program that provides a balance of property rights and environmental protections, and is used as a model for other jurisdictions across the state.
  • Worked to improve the holdings of our parks and open spaces by adding over 1,000 acres and 1.5 miles of shoreline that will protect our environment, while supporting a growing recreational tourism economy.
  • Led the development of a Forest Stewardship Policy that focuses on restorative thinning in existing parks, while generating non-tax revenues to fund long-term forest stewardship.
  • Balanced the budget to ensure the county was restored to solid financial footing following the economic downturn – our bond ratings remains high, county offices are now back open 5 days per week, and we’ve reinstated lost positions in the Sheriff’s Department and jail.
  • Voted to implement a 1/10th of 1% sales tax to support mental health and substance abuse programs – including funding to open the county’s first triage center to help keep vulnerable individuals out of our jail and hospitals.
  • Facilitated the completion of the Kingston Village Green Community Center through property transfers, and the contribution of funding from the sale of related holdings.

I cherish the opportunity to work hand -in-hand with you and continue to make a difference in our community.

Thank you in advance for your time, consideration and support of my campaign.

All the best,

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