Evan Smith: Voters pamphlet material from Northshore Fire District candidates

Thursday, July 28, 2011

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

Three candidates – incumbent Don Ellis, and challengers Eric Adman and Stan Isenhath – are running in the August 16 primary for a position on the Northshore Fire District Board, with the top two vote getters advancing to the November 8 general election.

The District includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and nearby unincorporated areas.

Here are statements from the three candidates, as they will appear in the primary voters pamphlet that will arrive at residential addresses in a few days.

King County Local Voters Pamphlet
August 16, 2011 Primary And Special Election
King County Fire Protection District No. 16
Commissioner Position No. 1

Stan Isenhath
"Occupation: No information submitted
"Education: No information submitted

“Statement; 35 years of my 4th generation native Seattle roots have been here in Kenmore. Following my BA from the UW Foster School of Business, I enjoyed 35 years corporate management in technology systems, responsible for ‘what’s next’ in market development worldwide. 7 years ago I changed focus to serve locally as an associate broker, Windermere RE. I believe the fire commission’s effectiveness will depend much on listening to you, our residents, and performing within budgets. 
“ I have a track record of simply making things happen. I identify strategic goals and priorities and bring them to conclusion within available, limited resources. I know we can do this without raising more taxes. I look forward to working collaboratively with our public safety agencies. 
“My local community service includes Kenmore Planning Commission, Downtown Task force selection, Shoreline Management, Inglewood CC, Northshore School District, Residential Housing.

Don Ellis
“Occupation: Certified Fraud Examiner, 2005 to present
“Education: University of Washington; Business Administration; Post Graduate, five quarters. McGill University, Post Graduate, 1 year

“Statement: Reid Institute Interviewing and Interrogation; Karrass Institute, Negotiation; Principal Representative to NORCOM, (Northeast King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency - 911); Chair Northshore Fire District 2008 through 2010; Chair Snohomish River Water Authority from 1995 inception to present. 

“With the passage of the Benefit Charge affording the Northshore Fire Agency the ability to utilize two funding sources instead of one, the Commissioners pledged not to exceed a combined assessment of $1.50 per $1,000.00 of assessed value. As a candidate for re-election I stand firm on this commitment. Although assessed property valuations and agency revenues have dropped precipitously and are expected to continue to drop, I am opposed to raising taxes on all of us who have suffered reduced property values. Inter-agency cooperation, carefully reduced budgets and the use of some reserves made possible by the benefit charge can likely cover the shortfall. Thank you for your support.
“E-mail: ppd5@comcast.net

Eric Adman
“Occupation: Fire Department Paramedic
“Education: BA, Economics, University of Washington, Paramedic Certification, University of Washington / Harborview Paramedic Program

“Statement: The Northshore Fire Department is at a crossroads. Revenues are down due to annexations into the district and decreased property values. Nearby departments are considering combining operations to achieve efficiencies and savings. I bring a fresh, positive look at these issues. Providing excellent levels of service 24/7 and maintaining good response times are my goals. 
“I have lived, worked, and volunteered in the Northshore community for many years. As a firefighter in Bothell for 12 years, and a paramedic in Shoreline for 6 years, I know all Northshore area fire department personnel and operations very well. My volunteer and community work includes many leadership roles in charitable organizations. For example, I currently chair the Sno-King Watershed Council, and I am assisting EMPACT Northwest to establish a pilot EMS system in Haiti. 
“I will work hard to earn your trust and maintain high service levels from your excellent fire department.


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