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Elections 2002 - Bonner County Commissioner District 1

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Wayne Benner, Democrat

by Wayne Benner

    Employment History- Bonner County -- Assistant Engineer, eight years; Bonner County -- Commissioner, District 1, six years; Schweitzer Mountain Resort –Director Public Works, 13 years
    Accomplishments: Chairman, Sagle Fire District Commissioner; Chairman, Bonner County Planning Commission; Vice Chairman, Greater Sandpoint Chamber Government Affairs; Board Member, Schweitzer Mountain Community Association; BCATT and Sandpoint Byway Committees; Sponsored and authored several bills which became law; inventor and designer of alternative waste disposal system.
    Education: BSME from Washington State University; Graduate Work Traffic Engineering, University of Idaho; Continuing education courses in land use planning, transportation, business administration and budgeting, political science and law, and infrastructure design and operation.
    I have three children, born and raised in Bonner County. I am the co-owner, with my wife, Vicki, of Rivendell Certified Organic Farm. I enjoy sailing, golfing, cycling and skiing.
    I am seeking the office of County Commissioner as I would like to assist you in fulfilling your needs as we move forward improving our economy, while preserving the lifestyle that we all settled here to enjoy.  I believe that working together we can size up the situations and develop the best courses of action.  I am a strong proponent that the public is the most important resource.
    Listening to the citizens, one concern stands above all others; a stable economy. To achieve a stable economy some of the critical components, which I strongly support are:
    Good Transportation---Bonner County has a good program in place to repair and rebuild roads within the County Road System.  It also has a program to upgrade and expand the airport.   We need to make sure these programs remain intact and are accelerated if at all possible.
    Good Planning---Bonner County is comprised of many unique and diverse neighborhoods.  As we start forward writing the comprehensive plan we need to make sure these areas are recognized for their individual needs.
    Good Services----Law enforcement, EMS and enhanced 911 communications are all extremely critical to the well being of the county citizens. 
    Good Quality of Life---Clean air, clean water and a sense of community are essential.  Bonner County should not be the dumping ground for any form of pollutants whether in the air, water or on the land.  The number 1 attraction to Bonner County is the environment and it needs protecting.
    Good Communications----We need to start hearing what a person has to say instead of just listening to what they say.  This goes not only for the citizens of the County but for the employees of the County also.
    Good Manageable Rules----Bonner County needs to have building standards for commercial, industrial, public and residential construction.  Zoning regulations need to be pro active, and reflect individual neighborhoods.
    Good Diverse Community----We must move forward with a positive and visible statement that we do not support or allow any form of discrimination.
    Good Strong Business Backbone----We need to preserve and expand our biggest employment base, those business that employee less than 25 employees.
    The four principles for success as a business and as County Commissioner are: The public is the consumer; The public is not dependent on us, we are dependent on them; The public is not an interruption of our work, they are the purpose of it - we are not doing them a favor by serving them, they are doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so; The public brings us their wants, needs and dreams. It is our job to fill them. Please vote Wayne Benner.

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