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Posted on Oct 9, 2017

Candidates for Quincy City Council member No. 2, in their own words

Two candidates put their names forward to run for the No. 2 seat on the Quincy City Council: Luke Garrison and Joel Martin. Here are their responses to the Post-Register’s questions about running for office in the November election.

LUKE GARRISON
My name is Luke Garrison. I’ve been a member of this community for 25 years in which I was born and raised. My wife and I have the privilege of raising our two young boys in this growing community. We look forward to many years here watching and aiding in its growth.

What are your qualifications for the office you seek, such as education, work experience or skills?
Through serving as a volunteer lieutenant/firefighter and working for the family business building homes and commercial properties, I have learned integrity, a strong work ethic, the ability to see both sides on important issues, and gained great leadership abilities for the people I help and work with.

What community service have you given?
This year marks my 9th year as a volunteer firefighter for the Quincy Valley, in which time I have obtained many certifications, including being named Most Active Volunteer for my district in 2015 and being named Washington State Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for the 2016 fire season.
I look forward to serving as a firefighter for many years to come! I have spent time working with others in the “Field of Dreams” project at the Quincy High School. During that time I helped in the remodel and relocation of the concession stand. At a younger age I assisted in pulling weeds in the city center to help with a 4H project as well as planting flowers. I plan to serve my community in any way possible for many years to come.

What are your reasons for running for office, such as your goals, or what you think the main issues are?
One of my main goals for running for City Council Position No. 2 would be the modernization and beautification of the city of Quincy. With growth comes change, and I believe I have the ability to aid with that change in a very agreeable manner yet with definitive purpose. Another goal would be assisting in business development and growth along with assisting the people I would serve with.

How can voters contact you?
Voters can and are encouraged to contact me with any questions by email at lgarrison.ccp2@gmail.com.

 

JOEL MARTIN
What are your qualifications for the office you seek, such as education, work experience or skills?
Over the life of my career I’ve been fortunate to work in many industries and job types to develop skills in customer service, market research, advertising and promoting, information technology, kaizen strategies, budget and financing, and human resources.
The last year and half I have been operating the Pita Pit in Quincy, serving up a delicious and healthy meal to the community. Owning a business in Quincy has been a challenging but rewarding opportunity, and I am looking forward to helping Quincy grow in the commerce side.

What community service have you given?
I served on the Grant County Fair Advisor Committee in 2013-2014 and was a volunteer firefighter with Grant County Fire District No. 3 from 2014 up until opening Pita Pit in Quincy.

What are your reasons for running for office, such as your goals, or what you think the main issues are?
I decided to run for city council to not only represent the community’s voice, but also that of local business owners.
Quincy has a unique opportunity to be the gateway of Central Washington, and with that means opportunities for growth for our local businesses and manufacturing companies – which means more jobs and money being spent in Quincy.
I would work closely with the port district and other community business leaders to grow Quincy in a smart and efficient way that leverages our already existing business community to bring more jobs to Quincy.
If you want to achieve growth – no matter how – it all starts with safety. I believe in a strong Quincy Police Department with close ties to the community and schools.
There is no reason why we should be losing so many officers to other departments due to lack of consistent leadership and insufficient pay – when the city’s budget has demonstrated that we can sustain better competitive pay compared to our neighboring cities.
Having been a volunteer firefighter, I believe we need to continue to work with Grant County Fire District No. 3 in ensuring that the district has what it needs to continue protecting our community – as well as – strengthening their ability to respond to our neighbors who call home outside of the immediate city limits.

How can voters contact you?
The easiest way for voters to reach out to me is visiting the Facebook page for my campaign at https://www.facebook.com/joelforcitycouncil/ where they can view my position on different topics and message me directly.
Voters can also stop by Pita Pit, Monday through Friday, outside of lunch hours, and I would be more than happy to sit down and speak with them about any issue facing this great community.

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