More than 50 percent of Mason County residents work outside the county. We need to stop exporting our most valuable asset – our people – by expanding economic opportunity here at home.
Economic development doesn’t mean we abandon our rural character or responsibility to conserve our natural environment. It means we should seek partnerships to foster economic opportunities for all residents.
I have worked to secure two federal Opportunity Zones, state and federal funding for infrastructure and strengthened partnerships to bring jobs to Mason County
Public safety is a paramount duty of county government and a concern for residents across Mason County.
We must address critical safety issues including increased levels of property crime, epidemic-level heroin abuse and high rates of repeat criminal offenses.
Building a jail to meet the needs of today and tomorrow has been my top priority. I helped secure funding for a jail study in partnership with Grays Harbor County. Working together, we can help make our community safer while being more efficient and cost effective.
I have spent time on the road with Sheriff’s Deputies and have seen first had the challenges not having jail space creates. We can keep them and our community safer by having a jail that can hold people accountable and provide a chance to turn their lives around.
The time has come for us to make Mason County a leader regionally and a competitor across Washington."
Housing is a cornerstone of the economy. A strong housing market is key to revitalizing Mason County’s local economy.
Many people in our community struggle to find affordable housing, and homelessness is a serious problem across the county. We must connect people to the resources they need to have safe, affordable housing options.
We can address these issues by having planning policies in place that are flexible and fair and allow for smart growth in our communities.
Working with the Commission, I have proposed and passed reforms to permitting to reduce red tape that makes homeownership and development more expensive.
I have supported purchasing technology to make staff more efficient in the field, giving them the ability to issue permits on the road and allowing residents to submit e-corrections, saving tax payers time and money.
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