Getting to know the candidates: Nelson Cox
The General Election is Nov. 6. This candidate supplied the following information in response to a set of questions posed by the Post-Register.
Candidate for Grant County PUD Commissioner, B at large, a four-year term, nonpartisan.
Why are you running for office?
I am a resident of Grant County. I believe the PUD should be run like a public utility district instead of a private corporation being funded by public money. I believe in the heritage of Grant County, and I believe my grandkids should not be responsible for the debt. I believe we need to use the PUD employees instead of outsourcing the work.
Pay down the debt.
We need to reevaluate the cost of service study and use that as a guideline not as a rate structuring device.
I also want to bring back transparency to the PUD so the public can ask any employee any question and get a short, honest response.
What are the largest issues to deal with in the office?
The $1.3 billion debt.
Fiber build out was promised to be done 10 years ago. We need to figure out how to get it done.
Transparency to the PUD: I believe as a commissioner we should be forthcoming to the public about the issues and if the public asks a question, the answer should be one page or less.
Bring back the apprenticeship programs so we can hire top notch managers from within PUD and quit outsourcing the work. The PUD workers did a fabulous job rebuilding Wanapum Dam under budget yet they subbed out Priest Rapids Dam.
What are your top qualifications for the office?
Spent 20 years as chairman of the Ag advisory board for Warden Public Schools. Served nine years on the United States Potato Board with two years on the executive committee as chairman of International Marketing. Worked nine years on the Washington state potato commission with four years on the executive committee and one year as president. Served six years on the National Potato Council as a board member.
What else would you like Quincy Valley voters to know?
Grandpa is my Number 1 Job. I am a member of the LDS Church. I have been involved with the Warden FFA, 4-H club, founding board member of the North Central Junior Livestock show, Chairman of the Warden Ag advisory board for 20 years.
I believe that the PUD commissioners are elected by the public to oversee senior management because I believe senior management should not be running the PUD. Elected officials should be overseeing management to keep the public’s voice heard.
Please vote for Nelson Cox for PUD Commissioner B-at large.