Chuck Hafner may have been the one to initiate the “Positive Change” movement back in 2009, but this will be his first full term on his own, if re-elected, after being appointed to the Spokane Valley City Council Position 5 after the death of Bob McCaslin.
Donald Morgan, a financial adviser, is challenging the former Central Valley School District administrator.
Donald Morgan Jr.
Family/How long living in Spokane Valley: Family: Fiancée, Molly Gage; sisters: Frances and Dawn Morgan; parents: Don and Violet Morgan. I've lived in the valley for over two years now.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? For many years, I have heard people say that they wish younger people would get involved in politics. I think my age gives me a viewpoint on items that will match up with the concerns that my generation has. I've grown up taking an evidence based approach to problems which has served me well in my past as a data analyst and a financial adviser, and I hope to continue that when I serve on the council.
What are your goals for the Spokane Valley City Council? To listen to the concerns of our citizens and businesses and to make this a safe and open city for both.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future? I think that we have a crime problem. While I am aware that we do investigate property crimes, when I had my office garage burgled and I called Crime Check, I was not given the impression that they cared, nor did they offer to send anyone out to collect evidence. We had footprints from dust, entry marks from tools, drag marks where items were pulled away, probably fingerprints as well. We'll never know about the fingerprints since no one ever took any. Our plans to hire new officers are a good first step, but we need to look further than that and start quantifying and analyzing the sources of criminal behavior in our city, along with working to keep repeat offenders off the streets. Working with our neighboring cities on these issues will be critical as well.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? There are many different issues that people have concerns about. One of the more surprising things for me is that with all of the road construction we've seen as of late, very few people were actually concerned that the roads were initially in poor enough condition to merit replacement at this time.
Web site? votedonmorgan.com/
Family/How long living in Spokane Valley:
- My family has lived in the Valley since 1955
- Janet and I have been married for over 60 years
- We have two daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons
Why did you want to file for candidacy? Spokane Valley is a great place to live. Hopefully, with my integrity, my honesty, my experience, and, most of all, my COMMON SENSE, I can play an important part in continuing making this a friendly family city.
What are your goals for the Spokane Valley City Council? In the broad sense, we need to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Such as:
- Having a safe city
- Good and safe roads
- Sustaining a 50-percent cash balance reserve
- Continuing to have a balanced budget without dipping into reserves
- Continuing our economic-development strategies
- Preserve our values
- Coal trains/Bridging the Valley
- Marijuana policies
- Provide those policies that enable our city manager and staff to do their job
- Continue to brand our city, a city noted for having family values; a place to do business; an excellent educational system; and a brand that denotes “We are a friendly city!”
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future? The council positions for the city of Spokane Valley are nonpartisan. The rationale for this very simple: We are there to govern all the people, within our city, regardless of their political or religious views.
I would hope that those of us running for office will represent our citizens in a nonpolitical manner and not bring in state or national concepts that we, as a council, have no jurisdiction. We don’t need to dismantle our good city by candidates that do not represent our city in a positive manner. Our purpose must be transparent.
What surprising issues are people bring up as you door knock or meet folks at the campaign stops? Most everyone seems happy about what we are doing as a council and as a staff. The majority of our constituents are very pleased in the directions we are heading and feel very good about the city. The city manager and his staff are to be congratulated for doing such a good job for our citizens. We are doing a very good job. And the city is doing well! Why would we want to remove key personnel from these important positions?