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Incumbent faces challenge for LL Pos. 4

10/18/2013

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

 

Odin Langford, who has served on the Liberty Lake City Council and is the current mayor pro tem, is seeking another term. The manager for IC Security is challenged by Mike Tedesco, an area Realtor.
Mike Tedesco
Age: 35

Family/How long living in Liberty Lake: Wife and two kids. Madelyn, 14, and Cooper, 7.

Why did you want to file for candidacy? Liberty Lake is among the fastest growing cities in the state. I’m running for office to ensure future growth enhances our quality of life rather than diminishes it. Maintaining Liberty Lake’s safe environment is foremost amongst my priorities if elected to City Council. Because of my experience in urban planning, economic development, and smart growth, I feel I can thoughtfully analyze pressing issues and contribute to the city’s future as a member of City Council.

What are your goals for the Liberty Lake City Council? I will work to preserve and enhance Liberty Lake’s quality of life. When I knock on doors and chat with folks about Liberty Lake, inevitably they tell me they love living here because it’s such a safe community. Our kids can walk to the park or bus stop without too much anxiety, we all know our neighbors pretty well, and we all try to look out for each other (and our kids). As growth continues to take place, it will become increasingly challenging to maintain our quality of life. My goal is that Liberty Lake City Council 20 years from now can look back on this City Council and thank us for our vision and proactive approach.

What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future? Although there are some significant choices facing Liberty Lake currently, I feel the incorporation of smart growth techniques is the most significant factor facing the community. Such techniques can minimize the risk for increased crime, enhance our quality of life, grow our property values, and maintain Liberty Lake’s position as the most desired community in the metro. I’ll always have an eye toward the future and will do everything I can to ensure Liberty Lake becomes an even better place to raise a family.

What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? Nothing all that surprising, actually. What concerns me is the same thing that concerns most Liberty Lake residents -- keep our city safe! And I have the skills and experience to do just that.

Web site? votetedesco.com

Odin Langford
Age: 61

Family/How long living in Liberty Lake: My wife Jill and I have lived in Liberty Lake since 2001. We currently have three generations living in this wonderful city and during the summer, the fourth generation also calls Liberty Lake home.

Why did you want to file for candidacy? I have been serving the residents of Liberty Lake for six years and have really enjoyed being part of creating and sustaining the quality of life that we share in Liberty Lake:

  • If you drive down our well maintained, tree lined streets and enjoy the safe and scenic drive
  • If you walk our trails with a group, or a pet, or perhaps you drive a golf cart or ride a bicycle and appreciate the clean, safe environment
  • If you and your family use our parks enjoying the open spaces and amenities
  • If your children or you yourself use our Library, enjoy their programs or benefit from all that it provides

Then we share the same vision. All of these come with a cost. Yes, it is our taxes that pay for it, but first it was someone’s vision. We need leaders with proven vision, the city didn’t just happen, it was planned, developed, managed and supervised by experience leaders.
This is what I bring to the residents of Liberty Lake.

What are your goals for the Liberty Lake City Council?
PROTECT When I talk about Protection-I am referring to much more than people and property. It is about rights, human dignity, environment, and laws and ordinances that don’t aid only special interest groups.
PRESERVE The preservation of quality of life, open and green spaces, trails and recreational opportunities ensuring that our children will see in Liberty Lake, what attracted their parents. Making it their clear choice for home!
GET OUT OF DEBT It’s simple, it’s easy, but you have to start to get the city out of long -term debt (debt service requiring payments over five- to seven-plus years.
If it is good for you and I when dealing with our personal finances, it is good for the city -- remember, WE are the CITY!
If I am wrong, and the economy starts climbing with enthusiasm, what’s the downside to the city getting out of debt?

What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future? I believe that we can become a community that has a debt-free government, if we (the council) make it a priority.
It can be done in four years or less. Is it sexy? No, but it’s truthful, doable and preserves our quality of life, during uncertain times.
We call that, responsible!
This year alone, we have carved out enough savings from the city budgets to pay off the City Hall in 2014.
This is a huge start, because it shows that a vision can become reality. Liberty Lake can DO this!

What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? I was surprised at the number of people who wanted to talk about the round-a-bout. Actually most of the residents that I spoke with regarding the round-a-bout, understand the safety features and like what they see so far. 
Web presence? facebook.com/votelangford.

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