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Dave
Kitchen

Nonaffiliated

Occupation: Owner, DK Builders General Contractor; Board Member Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative

Occupational Background: Vietnam Veteran, 14 years US Army; 30 years as general contractor; 2 years as Electric Coop board member

Educational Background: Graduate of Cupertino HS; West Valley Community College; San Jose State University majoring in Industrial Engineering

Prior Governmental Experience: Council Member, Brookings City Council; Chairperson, Coos-Curry Housing Authority; Board Member Coos-Curry Electric Co-Operative; Member Homeless Coalition.

I am a proven problem solver having the ability to work with other people to orchestrate solutions. Recently I've been drawn to address the many needs I see in Curry County. I worked with the Electric Coop board to get the new transmission line and other improvement projects approved. I managed the first local Habitat build enabling two families to purchase homes. I resurrected the Home Builders Association and helped them build the BHHS medical clinic. As Chair of the Housing Authority I am working with our federal legislators on affordable housing needed to attract families and employees to our service industries. As a Brookings City Councilman I am tackling issues of infrastructure and planning.

I believe the critical issues facing Curry County residents are:

Loss of Federal O&C funding related to timber production
Loss of County services from funding and budget problems
Economic decline
Energy issues affecting our economy and environment
Environmental issues of fisheries, marine reserves, and wave energy
Need for improved infrastructure, medical staff and affordable housing

I've demonstrated a willingness to do whatever it takes to make things happen, sometimes at great personal cost in time and expense. Please give me the opportunity to help our County in its most troubled times.

On a personal note, I moved my business from Newport to Brookings 1998 and had the great pleasure of building custom homes, commercial buildings and churches in Curry and Del Norte Counties. I am a member in good standing of local chapters of Rotary, Elks Lodge, and Chamber of Commerce.

(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Dave Kitchen County Commissioner.)