East County Fire and Rescue Commission, Position 2
It’s time for a change on the East County Fire and Rescue Commission.
Thomas Gianatasio is challenging incumbent Victor Rasmussen, who has been part of the district board for more than 30 years.
As ECFR prepares to deal with serious budget challenges related to staffing, apparatus and future capital projects, the organization is at a point where fresh ideas and new perspectives are greatly needed.
What is necessary is a person who is able to think outside of the box, take a hard look at expenses, and make some serious plans for the future.
With his diverse background in fire services, business and community volunteerism, Gianatasio would add a strong and unique voice to the commission. Voters should support Gianatasio for Position 2.
East County Fire and Rescue Commission, Position 4
Current ECFR Commissioner Martha Martin is running against Ray Wygal for Position 4.
It’s very clear that Wygal, a newcomer to local politics and the community service arena, just can’t compete with Martin, who has been actively involved with a number of local issues and organizations over the years.
Martin has a thoughtful and diligent approach to her work as a ECFR commissioner. Those qualities, coupled with her attention to detail and willingness to ask the tough questions and make tough decisions, makes her an asset to the board in many ways. Martin should be retained by local voters for ECFR Postition 4.
Washougal School Board, District 3
In the race for Washougal School Board District 3, the background, knowledge and expertise that Jeanie Moran would bring to the position surpasses that of her opponent, incumbent Blaine Peterson.
Moran has been a teacher in the highly regarded Camas School District for 13 years. She has two children in the Washougal School District and has been a volunteer for 4-H, Girl Scouts and Little League.
The next four months are going to be an increasingly important time for the Washougal School District, as it works to convince citizens of the need for increases in its maintenance and operations and technology levies. Both issues will be on the February ballot.
The district would be served well with someone like Moran on the board, who brings to the table enthusiasm, direct classroom experience and a willingness to communicate closely with constituents.
Camas School Board, District 2
Camas School Board District 2 incumbent Julie Rotz has a strong opponent in Erika Cox.
Both women have long histories of being active in local schools and school district activities —from serving on PTA’s and various committees to helping out in the classroom.
Both women also list addressing growth as an important issue, and when asked what could be improved they listed early literacy and specifically the Literacy and Early Advocacy Program as a top priority.
While both candidates would be assets to the school board, Rotz has in her favor the invaluable experience of being one of its dedicated members for the past four years. With that in mind, she rises to the top and should be allowed to continue her good work for another term.