Family/How long living in Liberty Lake?
I’ve lived in Liberty Lake with my partner and dog just over 2 years but I was a regular visitor for 3 years before moving here. My daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons have lived here for 5 years. I have another daughter in Kailua, HI and my son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandsons live in Amarillo, TX. My 5 siblings are spread out in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Why did you want to file for candidacy?
First, I love living here. It’s the nicest place I’ve ever lived, and I want to do my part to assure it stays that way. Second, I’ve been attending city council meetings regularly for some time and have enjoyed watching the process of local government. Third, after learning more about what city council members actually do earlier this year while serving on the Salary Commission, I decided that city council was something I wanted to be a part of. Fourth, I moved from a city that is dying – losing population, drug crisis, crumbling infrastructure, closing businesses. I’ve seen what doesn’t work. I don’t want that to happen here.
What are your goals for the Liberty Lake City Council?
First, to make sure decisions are made with transparency, with input from the citizens, and with adherence to applicable laws and codes of ethics. Second, to manage growth so it doesn’t outpace city resources or revenues. Third, to assure that the city is fiscally responsible with the people’s money and not place undue tax burdens on our residents. Fourth, to work together with surrounding cities and other organizations like Chambers of Commerce to keep the city thriving by attracting new businesses and diversifying the tax base.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future?
Traffic and taxes are the two issues that seem to be at the forefront of Liberty Lakers’ concerns. With that in mind, we must diversify our revenue sources, especially sales tax. We’re blessed to have successful car and RV dealerships in Liberty Lake, but those sales are usually the first to drop during a downturn in the economy. We need to attract businesses like medical equipment manufacturing that are resistant to recessions. There are several projects in the works to address the traffic issue, but we have to assure that we have adequate revenue to maintain current and future infrastructure.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops?
Something that has come up a couple of times is a concern that the city will try again to ask the voters for a city center. This was voted on twice just before we moved here so we weren’t part of the discussion, but there are still citizens who are worried that the city just won’t take no for an answer. Other than that, the issues are ones that I also have, public safety, infrastructure (traffic), taxes, schools, transparency in city government.
What differences separate you from your opponent? My opponent is an eight-year incumbent who still hasn’t earned the Certificate of Municipal Leadership, which requires just 30 hours of education through the Association of Washington Cities. I pledge to earn that certificate in my first two years on council. I want to learn as much as I can about being a city council member so I can better serve Liberty Lake residents. I already complete 20 hours of continuing education every year to maintain my Indiana Clinical Social Worker License for my work as an adjunct professor of social work at Indiana University (online courses), so I know this is very doable. I have answered every citizen question posed by the Liberty Lake Gazette – my opponent has answered none to date. My opponent has the second worst attendance record of the current council members. I think as a citizen I have a better attendance record and I pledge to make attendance at meetings a top priority. I will also let the people know why I vote the way I do, within any limits of confidentiality placed on Council. I am independent, self-financing my campaign, and will be no one’s “yes” person. I will represent the people to the best of my ability and listen to their concerns. My background as a social worker gives me the skills and knowledge to pool resources and work as a team with anyone. I look at things from a holistic view – how do all the pieces fit together and impact the person/family/business/city.
Website? I don’t have a website, but I do have a Facebook page. Holly Woodruff for Liberty Lake City Council No. 3.