ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE IN WHITMAN COUNTY
I am running because families and residents of Whitman County are struggling to afford a decent life. We need a county government that supports our working families and businesses while giving them opportunities to achieve their dreams.
Poverty at its core is an issue of freedom. This might be hard for some folks to understand, but if you are poor, you do not have the same access to proper health care, education, and opportunities as people who are well-off financially. Simply put- if you are in poverty and are not given the opportunities to escape it, this fast becomes an issue of freedom. I believe that it is the responsibility of the county and myself to ensure that everyone living here has the freedom to succeed and pursue their dreams. I will promote our county government as an important local stakeholder in tackling these issues of poverty and homelessness. In addition, ensuring critical safety nets for families in need will be a top priority.
The private depends on the public. Think about it- public education, bridges and roads, an army to protect the public, a system for the public to choose who governs us. Public resources make private life possible. Whitman County has both critical and non-critical services which must be funded. This infrastructure is crucial to Whitman County- law enforcement, fire, health, and transportation all need proper funding.
Balance Development and Protecting the Palouse
I will continue to be a champion of a clean, healthy, and safe environment for ourselves and our children: water you can drink, air you can breathe, and food that is healthy and safe.
The natural wonders of our county must be preserved for future generations and enhanced where they have been degraded. I champion community groups like the Phoenix Conservancy and our local conservation districts that make it their mission to restore our local ecosystem. At the same time, common sense zoning and development can ensure that our community has room to grow. There has been much success in other municipalities going away from or changing their single-family zoning. This has the potential to increase housing production and lower rent costs. I support the action items addressed in the Palouse Regional Housing Assessment Guide in having a comprehensive solution to development.
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A fifth-generation resident of Whitman County, John-Mark loves to call this community his home. John-Mark is the great-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and Martha Jane Robinson, homesteaders in the Oakesdale area circa 1884.
“I fondly remember summers as a child, playing at Grandma Alice’s house, or on Aunt Martha and Uncle Fred Rohrbach’s farm outside of Oakesdale, helping in their garden, doing daily chores, mowing lawns, and cleaning outbuildings. They instilled a healthy respect for the land and the benefits of a job well done, which are a huge part of what makes me the man I am today. I think they would be proud of my decision to live and run for commissioner in the county they loved and chose to make their home.” - John-Mark