FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release Candidacy Announcement
July 28th, 2014
I am announcing my candidacy for Douglas County Commissioner, position #3. This is the seat which has been vacated by Doug Robertson.
Two years ago I ran for the same seat, against Doug Robertson, but for different reasons than I am now. During the 2012 race my intention was primarily to use my candidacy as a bully pulpit to argue for public support for increased timber harvesting on O&C lands. That endeavor was hugely successful, and today, for the first time in over thirty years we have achieved broad support amongst the general public, the media, and our entire Oregon state and federal legislatures for just such an increase.
Today I am running for a different purpose, but for no less of an important reason; to be the county commissioner who restructures the county’s economic development programs. It is clear that over the last few years, efforts to realign the county’s economic development policies, have largely been unsuccessful.
The county still ranks poorly in just about every imaginable economic statistic which is measured. Further, the county lacks vision and leadership on this issue, which, if not addressed, means more years will be wasted, and more lives will be lost fumbling about without a clear strategy.
I have a vision of a more prosperous county, and a plan to get us there.
I envision a county with dozens of new industrial businesses, employing between fifty and five-hundred workers each, being established over the next five years. A county where the unemployment rate is brought below six percent –and remains below six percent. A county where the average life expectancy is above the national average.
I have a plan which calls for a restructuring of the Industrial Development Board, as well as The Partnership, and the creation of a team of recruiters whose job it will be to scour the nation for the best entrepreneurs who have already succeeded in making the leap from small business owners to medium sized family wage paying employers.
Prior initiatives have simply been off the mark. They have either targeted the wrong types and sizes of businesses, the wrong class of owners, or have simply been poorly executed, lacking the structure of the recruiting team that I am advocating we put into the field.
I know that this can be done, and I know that I’m the one to get it done, and I strongly believe that it will not get done otherwise.
You may contact me directly at (541) 375-0880, or by using one of the following methods: