Occupational Background: Business owner (30 yrs.), historic building restoration; local government elected official: state legislative staff; carpenter.
Educational Background: Stanford University, BA
Prior Governmental Experience: Madras Budget Committee; Trout Creek Watershed Council; city and regional elected official; state legislative staff for science and technology.
TRUSTED. INDEPENDENT. EFFECTIVE.
"Bill offers workable ideas and makes people think. . . about consequences, outcomes. I like that"
Frank Summers, business owner, Culver
"I have worked with Bill. He listens to everyone; debates issues based on law and facts.."
Ray Potter, Madras
BALANCE IN LAND USE AND COMMUNITY PLANNING
In private and public life I have focused on building livable communities and protecting natural resources; goals my wife, son and I currently practice on our farm. I am not opposed to all development and land use changes, only those that serve a few individuals at the expense of the community. Big contributors to campaigns at the local level - real estate, some banking and construction interests - are against my proposals to have land developers pay their own way; still, I have yet to see any public benefit from propping up the speculative value of bare land.
WE NEED JOB OPPORTUNITIES
But, should we depend on federal or state government? Or a big company? We are a farming community. We can feed ourselves. We build and repair things. We have farmers, business owners, and local public agencies with modest resources. Often the help they need is seasonal and temporary, especially for jobs maintaining roads and public facilities, cultivating new crops on smaller farms or operating a tourist industry that views all of Jefferson County as a "destination resort." County government can facilitate linking workers with these job opportunities.
DEMOCRACY REQUIRES REAL CHOICE
I have the experience and background to offer voters solutions in land planning, economic development and social services. Solutions that benefit the entire community, not just a few interests. Want to help?
Call (541) 815-2570 or email email@example.com.
(This information furnished by Elect Bill Atherton Committee.)