August 1st, 2017 Primary Election Special Section, Part 2 - City Council Candidates

The following is Part Two of an August 1st, 2017 primary election special section created in collaboration with the Washougal Round Table and RiverTalk Weekly.

The purpose of this collection of digital interviews is to encourage conversations about our candidates and get Washougal residents and business owners interested, wanting to dig further, and involved in the election.

These interviews were:

  • Conducted online via email

  • Candidate’s responses have not been altered in any way. Responses have been published as they were received.

 

Two candidates did not submit their responses:

  • COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 1 Nonpartisan Office 4-year term, Brent Boger

  • COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 6 Nonpartisan Office 4-year term, Adam S. Philbin

 

Important dates:

  • Primary Election Day is Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

  • Election certification (official results released) on August 15, 2017.

  • General Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

  • Election certification (official results released) on November 28, 2017.

 

Learn more at https://www.clark.wa.gov/elections/.


Raymond A. Kutch Candidate for Washougal City COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 5 Nonpartisan Office 2-year unexpired term

Raymond A. Kutch

Candidate for Washougal City COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 5 Nonpartisan Office 2-year unexpired term

Your Elected Experience:  None prior to my being appointed to the Washougal City Council earlier this year.

 

Other Professional Experience:  Served as a Naval Flight Officer(Viet Nam Veteran), Instructor at the US Naval Academy, Industrial Sales for over 25 years and Business owner for over 30 years.

 

Education:  United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. BS Degree in Engineering;  George Washington University, Washington, DC. MSA Personnel Management.

 

Community Service:  President and Chairman of the Board of USS Ranger Museum Foundation(501C(3) Non-Profit);  Board of Directors and President of Orchard Hills Country Club; Vice-President of the Southwest Washington Restaurant Association;  many other community endeavors.

 

Statement Issues and Goals:  My main goal is to try to help Washougal continue controlled growth and to enhance amenities for the people of the community by encouraging business development in the community.

 

Email: rjkutch@comcast.net

 

Website:  None

 

1.Please explain why you are seeking this office by listing and describing your three most important issues facing you when you are elected?  Safety and Security through Police, Fire and EMS services, encouraging business opportunities and proper maintenance of city streets, sidewalks, trails and parks.

 

2.What does success look like for Washougal?  Continued community growth and maintenance of the comfortable lifestyle that we have come to enjoy in the community.

 

3.How will you foster a positive culture of community, change, and connection within Washougal?  Listening to the people of the community. Providing a positive atmosphere for business growth and encouraging businesses to locate in the downtown area by working with property owners and the City of Washougal.

 

4.As it relates to the position you are running for, what are your three biggest strengths and three most prominent weaknesses?  I feel like I have empathy for businesses that want to startup in the community, as I have done that before.  Having lived in Washougal for over 25 years, I think that I understand what the residents of the community want and am confident that we can accomplish growth that will benefit both old and new residents.   I am not a strong debater, but would rather get things done than talk about them.  As far as weaknesses, I am somewhat impatient;  don’t tell what you are going to do;  tell when you have done it!  I am not a big fan of government, the community is the strength of our community and not the government(we have a great city staff and we as a community can depend on them to get the job done).  I am sure that there are many more weaknesses that I have, but I will leave them up to you to discover.  Feel free to point them out to me!

 


Paul Greenlee Candidate for Washougal City COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 3 Nonpartisan Office 4-year term

Paul Greenlee

Candidate for Washougal City COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 3 Nonpartisan Office 4-year term

Your Elected Experience:

Appointed Council April '07, elected '07, '09, '13.

Mayor Pro Tem (3x)

Committees: Finance, Public Works, Community Development, Code & Policy, Wellness, CW Recreation Center.

Liaisons: PortCW, Washougal School District, Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, Washougal Downtown Association.

Regional Transportation Council.

Clark Mosquito Control Board.

 

Other Professional Experience: No information submitted

 

Education:

Diploma: Culver Military Academy, Indiana

MIT: Economics, Mechanical Engineering.

AWC Advanced Certified Municipal Leader

AWC Finance and Budgeting

Northwest Economic Development Training Course

 

Community Service:

Civic Campus Steering Committee,

Planning Commission,

AWC Employee Benefits Trust Board,

Clark College Mature Learning,

Unite Washougal Community Coalition: Leadership,

Marijuana Vape Policy Workgroup

St. Anne's Episcopal Church: Leadership

 

Statement Issues and Goals:

Born in San Antonio, my father was oil search geophysicist, we moved, a lot. I've lived in 12 states plus Puerto Rico; and seen all but Alaska.  I've lived in Washougal twice as long as anywhere else.  I searched long, and hard, to find my home.

In 2006, first involvement in Washougal was our Civic Center Steering Committee —planning new Library, Community Center, and City Hall.  I'm still working to build new Library and Community Center.  On Planning Commission, we built a plan for Downtown Revitalization; I'm still committed to see our dreams of vital and vibrant downtown come true.

When I started on Council, our city was robbing our future, to pay for urgent needs.  Now, we are lean, and strong.  We are building our future.  We have recruited and developed a truly outstanding staff.  We maintain our streets.  We build sidewalks. We built new parks, including ball parks, Schmid Family Park, the bike "pump track" and brand new Downtown Park.  We're on a great trajectory.

My wife and I are enjoying our first grandchild.

I long for more time on the water; duties on Council have cut into my time fishing, and woodworking, and I love it.

 

Email: Greenlee.For.Washougal@gmail.com

 

Website:

 

1. Please explain why you are seeking this office by listing and describing your three most important issues facing you when you are elected? Serving on Council is on the one hand the most fulfilling and the most frustrating job I’ve ever had. When I joined an honor society in high school, I took a pledge “… to pass on to those who follow, not only not less, but greater than was given to me.”  Serving on Council gives me the opportunity to work on that pledge. I have more than 3.

The most important issues are

Being smart about growth;

Every gross mistake the City has made, it was because they were in a hurry.

The effects of the plans and decisions we make today stretch for decades

We are sitting on a gem that grows ever more rare and valuable over time

There is NO RUSH.

It’s more important to get it right, than it is to get it now.

Building a local economic base;

Simply building more houses simply digs the hole deeper and wider as we go.

We need jobs, especially office jobs and retail.

Tourism development of the river fronts, especially through the “Towns to Trails” project of Friends of the Gorge <GorgeFriends.org> seems like a special opportunity.

I especially want to encourage vertical mixed use development (retail, commercial and residential in the same building) in the Downtown Core.

Building Community.

This is a bit of a puzzle for me —

What is a Community?

How do you transform a bunch of garage doors into a community?

As much as I can, I make myself available to the Washougal Schools, to UNITE: the Washougal Community Coalition, to the Roundtable, to my church, and any other opportunity that I can find that seems like it builds Community.

Building a Community of Health and Wellness.

This is a bit blue sky, but I would love for Washougal to become a Blue Zone Community.

For an explanation go to wikipedia: Blue Zone, then to <BlueZonesProject.com>

Being Sustainable

By “Sustainability,”  I simply mean planning, and acting in a way, which we can keep doing, what we’re doing, into the future.


 

2.What does success look like for Washougal?

When people walk out of the house and think of going to Downtown Washougal instead of Highway 14, and 192nd, or 164th, or Portland. When the City Revenue is adequate for our needs (Sustainable!) and a few of our wants. Among other things that requires a balance of Property Tax, Sales, Tax, and other revenue. We are now unbalanced — way too dependent on Property Tax. We need to grow beyond being merely a bedroom.


 

3.How will you foster a positive culture of community, change, and connection within Washougal? I am and plan to continue to be active and present in the community. I compete with Joyce Lindsay as to who can be the most accessible, involved in the most community activities. I remain avowedly Non-Partisan. Every time, EVERY TIME! I have seen party politics, Democrat or Republican or Libertarian or … enter Council Chambers, it has been to the detriment of the City. I don’t do political party.


 

4.As it relates to the position you are running for, what are your three biggest strengths and three most prominent weaknesses?

Biggest strengths all relate to experience: I have served one Council for a decade. I have no political ambition beyond my City.

Institutional knowledge: I have been on Council longer than not only Mayor and other Council Members, but also longer all of the City Department Heads, but one.

Willingness to learn: I think it took me almost 4 years on Council to begin to be clear on what I didn’t know and need to learn.

Learning: Running a City is not at all like running a business — anyone who thinks it is, probably isn’t very good at either. I have gone out of my way to get training; I can’t begin to tell you how many hours I have spent putting my butt in a chair, and trying to learn how to be better at this job.

Weaknesses:

Sometimes my patience wears thin, and I fail to suffer gladly, fools, partisans, and trolls.

Sometimes I can be a bit pedantic, or talk over people’s heads

I can’t keep doing this forever. Eventually I will retire. I hope I will have enough energy left to try to recruit and train a replacement.

 


Julie A. Russell   Candidate for Washougal City COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 6 Nonpartisan Office 4-year term

Julie A. Russell

 

Candidate for Washougal City COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 6 Nonpartisan Office 4-year term

Elected Experience: Tigard Water District Commissioner – July 2007 - Nov. 2015; West Bull Mountain Planning Technical Advisory Committee – March 2012 - Nov. 2014; Chair-Washington County Citizen Participation Organization (CPO-4B)- Jan. 2008-Nov. 2015; City of Tigard, White Paper Parks Committee – 2004

 

Other Professional Experience: No information submitted

 

Education: George Fox University, M.A. Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy; Brigham Young University, B.S. Bachelor of Science in Psychology, A.S. Associate of Science in Travel and Tourism

 

Community Service: PSO President; Tigard Turns the Tide Board Member; Friends of Bull Mountain Board Member; President Arlington Heights Homeowners Association; Boy Scout Advancement Chair, Troop 847; Art Literacy Volunteer; Youth Soccer Coach

 

Statement Issues and Goals: I bring enthusiasm and leadership experience to the City of Washougal. I care deeply about the livability of our neighborhoods and community. I represented the Tigard Water District, as an Elected Commissioner, and served on the West Bull Mountain Technical Advisory Committee for the planning of UGB Areas 63 and 64. This area is now called River Terrace and is in the process of being developed. I believe I have a unique set of qualifications to serve on the City Council, based on my previous experience. I love the parks, trails and open spaces that are available around Washougal, and believe you have done a wonderful job at creating and maintaining them. I am excited to become involved in civic affairs and look forward to getting to know all of you better. I would like to serve on the Washougal City Council. I love this beautiful community and believe it is our duty to serve. I want to preserve the communal atmosphere, as we manage the growth we know is coming, work to reduce utility costs, work to pursue funding for community recreation and create an even better society.

 

Email: JulieARussell4@gmail.com

 

Website: JulieRussellForWashougal.com

 

1.Please explain why you are seeking this office by listing and describing your three most important issues facing you when you are elected?

It is difficult to choose only three, as I have several issues that appear on my website https://www.julierussellforwashougal.com/.   These currently are at or near the top of my list. These issues may change as I gain more knowledge involving citizen input.

1-Work to implement and manage growth with good community planning.  Develop more efficient processes; i.e. speeding up the permit process to attract retail, manufacturing  and transportation etc.   Partner with other jurisdictions, such as the Port, to continue developing our natural assets. Especially the Waterfront development that will utilize more businesses and recreation opportunities for Washougal.

2-Work to implement policies that will assist the clean-up of poorly maintained and eye sore properties through the enforcement of city codes, ordinances, grants and community projects.

3- Maintain the quality of utilities and work to reduce the costs

 

2.What does success look like for Washougal?

A successful Washougal would be a dynamic vibrant community with smart growth utilizing good planning. Good planning includes, transportation, industry, single family and multi-family residences and infrastructure.  Success would also entail attracting additional retail businesses, with a downtown core that includes a wide variety of restaurants, shops, businesses and recreation opportunities.  It would also involve its citizens in numerous family activities and community events.

 

3.How will you foster a positive culture of community, change, and connection within Washougal?

The Washougal Round Table (WRT) is doing a great job of positive community connection.  Supporting groups like WRT are necessary for community outreach, education and supporting what the residents and business owners would like to see their community.  I believe the city council can be open to grass roots efforts and listen to the constituents and support their ideas.  I also believe working with the school district and Washougal/Camas Port is vitally important.     

 

4.As it relates to the position you are running for, what are your three biggest strengths and three most prominent weaknesses?

I believe my biggest strengths are enthusiasm, experience and willingness to listen.  I am the only candidate with any elected experience and have spent most of my adult life as a volunteer and providing service.   The voter’s pamphlet had limited space and they excluded my professional experience as a business owner, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist etc. (Please see my website for a complete listing.)  My husband, Evan Russell, has been self-employed our entire 34 years of marriage and has a successful Financial Planning/Wealth Management Firm, (Security First Advisors, Inc.) with offices in Tigard, OR and Vancouver, WA.   I also have a successful small business, Julie Russell Family Counseling, with offices in Tigard, OR and Vancouver, WA.

I work part-time and understand how difficult running your own business can be. I believe government should treat tax payer money, as sacred funds and be exceedingly careful and prudent with those taxes and fees.  I believe a fiduciary standard applies.

I am a relatively new resident as I have lived in Washougal for just under two years.  I have spent my time observing and learning local preferences and opinions.   I know the Oregon standards well and I am rapidly getting up to speed on the nuances of Washougal city codes and ordinances as well as Washington State codes and Land Use laws. I am a fast learner and willing to put in the time necessary.

I hold a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s degree and have demonstrated my abilities to persevere to reach my goals.

I will do my best to serve my constituents if the voters choose to elect me to the Washougal City Council. I would be honored to serve.

 


Nettie Morris   Candidate for Washougal City COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 6 Nonpartisan Office 4-year term

Nettie Morris

 

Candidate for Washougal City COUNCIL - POSITION NO. 6 Nonpartisan Office 4-year term

Elected Experience: None

 

Other Professional Experience: Former Vice President and Shop Steward of Local Union AFCME 1766. Former Program Manager for Adults with disabilities agency in Washington County. I served on the Executive Board of Directors for NAMI in Washington County. Former Lead Residential Support Specialist for Adults with disabilities agency in Gresham.

 

Education: Graduate of Hillsboro High School class of 1967

 

Community Service: I was a former Employee and Volunteer at WCGH. Volunteered by chaperoning and supporting Washougal high school Future Business Leaders of America. I hosted students from Vietnam, Germany and Brazil to experience our exceptional Washougal schools.

 

Statement Issues and Goals: Continue growth and support for public safety. Support and honor our senior members in the community. Engage with our youth and provide a safe community for them to thrive in. Support city employee’s to ensure our city continues to be the jewel of Clark County. I am committed to supporting local economic growth while preserving the beauty of our city. I would also support our city in finding a new location for a local dog park. I take pride in the fact that our city is the home of a no kill animal shelter and support our feral cat program. Personal: I moved to Washougal in 2005. Discovering Washougal’s quality school system, I decided to host exchange students from three different countries. They attended Washougal High School and all have returned to visit their adopted city. I became an active volunteer for WCGHS, later becoming a Shelter manager and adopting an abandon dog I am proud of the direction the city is moving in and I would be honored to serve the citizens of Washougal. If elected, my promise to you is work hard, listen and support our community.

 

Email: Retiredmissnettie@gmail.com

 

Website: Nettiemorris-is4us-washougal.org

 

 1.Please explain why you are seeking this office by listing and describing your three most important issues facing you when you are elected?  I have lived in Washougal for more then 12 years.  My husband served on Council for 16 years in this amazing city.  I have actively attended Council meeting and watched decisions being made to improve  our city.  I have also watched far right conservative Council Members put their personal agenda first and veto items that could have brought grants and future growth to our city.  Serving our community is not about one's personal desires, rather what is best for the majority of our citizens.

Issue 1: While continuing to grow the city we must assure that we are able to provide the necessary services to keep our citizens safe.  We must we have adequate police, fire and emergency services. We need to find cost effective ways to bring in development while not creating a financial burden to our citizens.    Do we have emergency disaster plan in place?

Issue 2:  I would like our city to attract new business's to our community to strengthen our economy.  My husband and I have always supported our local business's.  Washougal has grocery, lumber. hardware, medical and dinning all within our city boundaries.  Our downtown area has shown growth over the past few years.  It is imperative we support our local business and keep them alive.

Issue 3:  Running for office and asking the citizens to put their trust in you is a big responsibility.  It is a decision not to be taken lightly.  It is a commitment, a promise to listen and to serve. I want to earn the trust and support of our citizens.  I want them to understand my purpose is to put the needs of our community first.

             

2.What does success look like for Washougal?  Washougal is unique, the jewel of Clark County!  We need to take advantage of grants offered to our city and use those funds wisely.  We do not need to model our city after our larger surrounding cities such as Vancouver.  It is imperative that our citizens support candidates that are supported locally and not influenced large campaign donations from big money in Vancouver.  I support the efforts to build a new library.  I support finding a location for a new dog park. I support our Arts program.  Success for Washougal also hinges on putting the right candidatures in office, candidate who have a vested interest in our community.


 

3.How will you foster a positive culture of community, change, and connection within Washougal?  I welcome the citizens of Washougal to reach out to me for their concerns and ideas. This is already happening and I am grateful for the questions and input I have been receiving. My email address is Retiredmissnettie@gmail.com.  I encourage them to attend Council meetings and observe what the Council is working on and share their input.  I want the citizens to know that my husband and I are servants to our city.  Rod also has 37 years as a Volunteer Firefighter for the city of Washougal.


 

4.As it relates to the position you are running for, what are your three biggest strengths and three most prominent weaknesses?  Every Council member is faced with making important decisions for our community.  I have served as Vice President, Shop Steward, Executive Board Member, Delegate and contract bargaining member  for AFSCME 1776.  I feel confident in my ability to work together with my peers and come up with comprehensive plans for our city.  I have been heavily active in the mental health field for more then 20 years.  I understand the need to make tough decisions and stand behind them.  I have learned compassion and strength while serving this field.  I know how to present, I know how to bargain and I know how to compromise, more importantly I know how to listen.

   I have been active in our city for more than 12 years.  I have supported and chaperoned Future Business Leaders of America students from Washougal High School.  I understand diversity and it's importance.  I hosted 3 foreign exchange students from Vietnam, Germany and Brazil.  

   Being the only retired candidate running for office I have to ample time to attend forums and serve on local committees.  When elected my promise is to be an active supporter form our citizens. If I believed I had three prominent weaknesses I don't believe I would be a good candidate choice for Washougal.  I am a positive thinker and focus on what my strengths are rather weakness.  When you thoughts are positive thing happen.  In lieu of  thinking what I can't do I focus on the fact that anything is possible when you work hard enough.