Greetings, Clark County. I am running to be your representative on the Clark County Charter Review Commission, District 2, Position 1. But, why?
Six years ago I joined a dedicated group who spent hours researching and presenting information to a group of 15 Freeholders. Several meetings were spent crafting what would become an historical change in our county government.
I then joined several of this dedicated group in a committee which then campaigned to pass the Home Rule Charter in the fall of 2014. It was a hard, challenging campaign which several of us experienced some personal attacks from the opposition, but in the end, we prevailed with over 53% of Clark County voters passing the new Charter.
I joined former County Commissioner Betty Sue Morris in a series of educational forums called Charter Chat. These gatherings were aimed at educating people on how the newly acquired powers of initiative and referendum would give people a greater voice in county government and the decisions that are made.
Once the Charter went into effect, I took on the role of “Charter Advocate” to answer questions from the community and the media on specific elements of the Charter.
I have been a Clark County resident for over 28 years. I am married to my wonderful wife Linda Green, and have raised three great children who are now active with their own lives and careers. In my “day job” I am a civil engineer and transportation planner, and have delivered many community investment projects over the years. You may recognize them; they include the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (as construction manager), C-TRAN’s Fourth Plain Bus Rapid Transit Project, aka “The Vine” (as overall project manager), and several transportation investments throughout Clark County as the county’s Transportation Manager in the 1990s.
I strongly believe in giving back to the community. I am Vice Chair of the Clark County Commission on Aging. I am a charter member of the Rotary Club of Three Creeks. I continue to support many local organizations.
I believe in the people of Clark County and welcome civil and educated discussions on a broad range of issues. Over the years I have been keeping a log of issues, challenges, what’s worked and what needs improvement, on the Charter for the five-year Charter Review process.
I’m looking forward to lively discussions of our Home Rule Charter as your representative on the Clark County Charter Review Commission.
Elected Experience or
Legal / Judicial Experience
- Appointed, Clark County Commission on Aging 2018; elected Vice-Chair 2019, elected Chair 2020.
- Middle-Class Alliance, Elected Chair 2016.
- Candidate, County Council District 2, 2015.
- Two Master’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degree, University of Michigan, 1981-1982.
- Walled Lake Western (MI) High School, 1970s.
Professional / Work Experience
- Now: Project Manager, Otak.
- Previously: C-TRAN Vine Bus Rapid Transit Project Manager; Consulting Senior Transportation Supervisor; Clark County Transportation Manager, 1990s.
Participation and Inclusion
I have always valued and supported voter participation and inclusion of all viewpoints in both political and non-political discussions. In April 2015, after repeated years of dismal voter turnout, I organized a forum held at the downtown Vancouver Community Library to hold a community discussion about how we can get people re-engaged in the political and voting process. Called “Where Have All The Voters Gone?”, over 120 people across the political, social and cultural spectrum attended. Small group sessions were facilitated by Dr. Carolyn Long and students from the Initiative for Public Deliberation from the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Washington State University’s Salmon Creek Campus. Many ideas were shared, and out of this forum several initiatives, including some which continue to today, were born. Voter turnout has been improving over the past few years.
As your representative on the Charter Review Commission, it is my intent, and my passion, to reach out to all of you who want to present ideas, concerns, comments, or just want to be involved in our discussions about Clark County’s Home Rule Charter and how to make it better.
My wife and I regularly attend and are active with Real Life Foursquare Church in Salmon Creek. We have been our church’s coordinators for a successful, Faith-based partnership with Sacajawea Elementary School in Hazel Dell for over six years.
I was appointed by the Clark County Manager and Clark County Council to the Commission on Aging in 2018. I was elected Vice-Chair in 2019.
I was an adult leader for 8 years the Boy Scouts of America, Columbia Gorge District.
I am a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Three Creeks. Our motto is “Service Above Self.” In our three years of existence, we have performed over 45 community service projects. We continue to support a number of local community non-profit organizations.
I have volunteered, in various assistance and teaching capacities for the Evergreen and Vancouver school districts here in Clark County, and the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado prior to moving here.
When possible, I support or volunteer for organizations that support people and animals in need in our community and nationwide. As project manager for the Fourth Plain Bus Rapid Transit project, known as “The Vine”, I participated in activities focused on supporting and improving the Fourth Plain community. My daughter and I volunteered our time with Americans Building Community to help build a number of community gardens along the Fourth Plain corridor. After The Vine was opened in 2017, I continued to support Fourth Plain Forward, a group creating and implementing a vision for the Fourth Plain International Corridor in Vancouver.