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Friday, Nov 28, 2014

Candidate profiles

Mike   Flanigan

Personal: Age 48, divorced, two children.

Employment: Membership development, Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Education: Bachelor of arts in government, Eastern Washington University.

Political history: First run for public office.

IssuesStay within budget with no new taxes; a growth plan that allows for growth and protects environment; maintain roads.

Finances: $1,080 reported as of Tuesday, with $1,000 coming from deputies union.

Top priority after taking office: "Getting a qualified city manager."


Resume

1712 S. McCabe, Spokane, WA 99216; www.mikeflanigan4us.org

Personal

  • Age: 48
  • Moved to Spokane Valley in 1960.

    Education

  • Graduated from Central Valley High School.
  • BA, Government from EWU
  • Two children: Zachary, 10; Benjamin, 9. Both attend school in CV District.

    Professional

  • Employer: Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce

    Associations

  • Central Valley SCOPE
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Spokane Home Builders Association
  • Numerous committees with the Valley Chamber (helped to form the Tourism Comm.)

    Major issues for the new Interim Council

  • Living within our means, no new taxes
  • Law enforcement: retain, or increase, current level of service
  • Planning and land use: need a comprehensive growth plan that will allow for growth, while at the same time protect our quality of life.
  • Transportation: We must ensure that our city does not run into the same problems as the city of Spokane, regarding road conditions. We need to find a way to provide for sidewalks and bike paths. We must find a way to provide effective public transportation.
  • Mirabeau Point: The new city of Spokane Valley must do all that it can to ensure the completion of the Mirabeau project. This project will become the center point of our new city. It will provide activities for our families and finally give us a venue for assorted cultural and community events.


    Cover letter

    We must live within our means, no new taxes
    The look of the Spokane Valley has changed dramatically since my family moved here in 1960 -- but not its heart! We choose to live here because of the quality of life that we have available to us. We expect minimal interference from our government and we demand a safe and secure community. We expect a fiscally responsible government and demand minimal tax burden. We are used to knowing and interacting with our ''neighbors.'' We socialize with, work with, and do business with them. We must not only protect this quality of life, we must improve it, where possible.

    We must:

    Live within our means, no new taxes.

    Maintain, or increase, our level of law enforcement. We will drive the meth labs out of our community.

    Have a well-defined growth plan that allows for growth while protecting our quality of life. This means protecting our residential areas and having well-defined building regulations that will allow individuals to easily determine if a project will be doable, with minimal government interference.

    We must have a business-friendly community -- business is how we create jobs and support our families and community.

    Ensure that the quality of our roads is maintained.

    We must protect our aquifer -- it is our sole source of water. The sewer project must be completed.

    Mike Flanigan
    Candidate for City County Position 6



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