Happy New Years! When I looked at the calendar this morning, I could hardly believe that we are already 12 days into the New Year. 2015 is already turning out to be a busy and fruitful year. It is also shocking to think that the 2015 legislative session begins this week—but I will talk more about the upcoming session later in this newsletter. First, I would like to share with you a few updates from the end of 2014.
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I'm honored to be serving our community.
I wanted to take a moment from your busy schedule to share some very exciting news.
This session I will be serving in key leadership roles on two important and influential senate committees. I am honored to have been selected to serve as the chairman of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and to be appointed to serve as one of two vice-chairs for the Transportation Committee.
I mentioned in my last newsletter to you I was organizing a trade and goodwill mission to Cambodia. The mission was very successful. Seven business owners and local government leaders, including myself, went on an 8 day mission to build both business and government relationships with the country (at absolutely no cost to Washington taxpayers). I am delighted to be back home and able to share with you the successes of the trip and the effect the trip will have on Washington’s future.
While working through my four year term after forming the bipartisan majority coalition in the state senate, I have focused on serving my constituents and staying active in my community. At my new assignment in Clark County I have been very busy saving taxpayers millions of dollars and working with my colleagues to clean up the Environmental Services Department which has been plagued by law suits and deficit spending.
Unfortunately, due to the recent increase of half truths and outright fabrications by local newspapers and online blogs, I simply must replenish my campaign resources and focus these resources on ensuring the truth is distributed. Many of you have supported me for years and once again, I need your help.
Let me explain.
It is hard to believe that our kids are back to school and the summer is coming to an end. What a summer it has been!
It seems like only yesterday we were wrapping up the 2014 Legislative session and it has been a busy interim. During the interim, I not only returned to my job as the Director of the Clark County Environmental Services, but I have continued my legislative duties by attending ground breakings, business events, community events and meeting with constituents. Most importantly, I have continued to address the important issues that face the 17th District and ensure our Government is running efficiently and being held accountable for their actions.
It is hard to believe that it is already August 13th. Time does truly fly when you are having fun and between my Legislative duties and my job at the Clark County Environmental Services Department, I have been traveling around Clark County visiting with constituents and having plenty fun at local fairs and festivals. Here is a quick update on what has been happening in the 17th District!
With the beautiful weather, things sure have been busy both in my legislative office and at the Clark County Department of Environmental Services. Summer weather means more community events, community development projects, and is a great time to explore the parks and beautiful destinations in Clark County!
I am truly grateful I have been able to live and work in service to Clark County all these years. This is my home and I cherish this community and my neighbors. In addition to helping many of you for 25 years with business and marketing consulting in my full time job, I have been honored to also serve as your part-time citizen-legislator in Olympia.
I am honored to have received the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business award. Thank you! I am also excited to share with you that I was one of only 15 senators to receive a 100 percent “Small Business Score” from the organization. This score reflects my dedication to passing bills that are most important to our small business community.
April was a busy month at the Clark County Environmental Services Department with all of the various Earth Day and community recycling activities! I am pleased to announce that there was a total of 88,300 pounds of waste collected at the Green Neighbors Recycling Days! Great work Clark County! Collecting this waist insures that it was properly recycled and ultimately kept away from a land fill.
April is not the only month to pledge to be more environmentally friendly and recycle. Remember there are opportunities monthly to be a responsible recycler. Coming up this month, you can drop off recycling on Saturday, May 17, 9am – 1pm at Camas Public Works Operations, 1620 SE 8th St and Saturday, May 24 9am – 1pm at the Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, 3510 SE 164th Ave. You can drop off A/C units, batteries, block foam, e-waste, freezers and refrigerators and household hazardous waste just to name a few items.