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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7A KENNEDY, from page 6A finally begin construction. 2) Access to health care for all citizens -- Despite your opinion of the Affordable Care Act and California's decision to take an active role in achieving the goals of the ACA, it's happening and we need to face the challenges head-on. There are many errors in the system that affect all insureds, from private business owners to patients who have shifted from Medi-Cal to Medi-Cal Managed Care. We have a serious problem with access in our county, from receiving meaical care to needed prescriptions, and we've been taking an active roll in fighting for not only our county, but other small counties in the state. I will continue with the same efforts and we will demand and receive the attention we deserve. 3) Education -- I approach this topic as a citizen, a county supervisor and a parent. Without a strong school system, our children (future) lose a competitive edge. Families choose to move elsewhere and talented children leave the area with no desire to return. I will continue to be diligent in fighting for all children in the entire county, not just mine. I was instrumental, along with hundreds of other community members, in taking the budget and the threats of closing schools seriously. We will continue assisting the school board and superintendent in collectively solving problems and better utilizing the funds we have available: What about District 5? Is there an issue that is unique to Mohawk Valley and/or East Quincy? 'Generally speaking, the issues in these areas are not unique to the rest of the county. Some of the problems I stated in the previous question are universal to the rest of the county. East Quincy has similar economic challenges as other communities and government needs to understand it's not a job creator, the private sector is. The Mohawk Valley has experienced environmental and economic issues that have abruptly stalled development of the Feather River Inn and a handful of other developments. As the economy slowly bounces back, we need to do everything possible to promote a favorable regulatory environment that encourages reasonable development instead of discourage it. Do you consider the work of supervisor to be full-time? And then some. The job of county supervisor is full-time and I believe it should be treated as such. What would you like county residents to know about you? I'm a dedicated hard worker with a passion for doing what's right, despite the scrutiny and criticism usually associated with having to make difficult decisions that some may not agree with. My life and my family's life is directly impacted by the way Plumas County is managed and I'm in the trenches with other hard-working people trying to make a living and raise a family. CARPET SALE! Special pricing from Shaw Carpet Mill We can assist with all your building needs - from plans to the finished product (530) 283-2035 P.O. BOX 1369 QUINCY, CA 9597 ! LIc. #453927 ENGEL, from page 6A from Kansas to Portola in 1963. We have lived and worked here for 30 years. What prompted you to run for District 5 Supervisor? Approximately 18 - 22 years ago I had been giving a lot of thought to running fo District 5 supervisor. I was approached -at that same time and was asked to run for District 5 supervisor by some of the same people who today are supporting one of my opponents in this race. I told them I had decided not to run because our children were still living at home and I needed to spend my time with them. Now, speed ahead 20 years... the words, "Struggle, Officer Involved Shooting at Eastern Plumas Hospital." That sick feeling came over me immediately. Who has been hurt, killed, how many, what happened? Then I started thinking of some of the deputies I know of. The officer involved happened to be a good friend of our children, our family. He and his sister spent many childhood nights over the years at our home, as did ours with them. What experience do you bring to this position? I bring with me a self-made, self-employed, hands-on, dig-in-the-dirt, business background. For the past 32 years my business has mainly been with you, the people of Plumas County. My staff and I have installed in the high hundreds???? Septic tanks, leach fields, replacement septic tanks, and secondary leach fields, dug footings for homes, built roads, respectfully removed trees from lots, plowed snow and have done small handy man, help-you-out jobs for the elderly. I have never been called back to re-do a careless or faulty job. I have never been sued. I have dealt with many, many local merchants for business as well as personal materials such as tires, fuel, oil, sand, gravel, rocks, fittings, pipe, cement, wire, animal feed, fencing, always maintaining a good economic and working/payment relationship. What would you do differently ,than the current supervisor? Being your supervisor in a thriving economy, let alone during this stagnant economy we're in, is and will continue to be a very difficult job. Mr. Kennedy has made decisions and voted differently than I would have on some issues, but I do believe he is doing what he thinks is right: If you, Plumas County District 5 voters, elect me as your supervisor, I will always welcome you and your JUDD, from page 6A are looking for. Additionally, having a straight-up no-nonsense approach to tackle the issues regarding the sheriffs department and our districtwide fire departments who badly need support and assistance dealing with budgets, retention and their future. I bring a commitment to build upon an anemic local economy that won't be easy to f'LX but will be dealt with that moves in a direction to support our current needs while building for our future. What would you do differently than the current supervisor? See above response with the addition that I would give respect and encouragement to fellow board members as well as constituents. I'm an individual who listens first and talks last. I'm an individual who creates a positive can-d0 attitude without an ego. I'm an individual who understands it's about us not me. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the county and how would you address them? Addressed in "what experience do you bring to the position" above. With the additional concern on the adopted general plan making changes where necessary and having a clear understanding of cause and effect addressing now not at a later date. It's time to roll up Our sleeves and get (to) work instead of kicking the can down the road. What about District 5? Is there an issue that is unique to Mohawk Valley and/or East Quincy? I don't believe there is one unique issue that differentiates the twp areas but rather I believe the common concerns that bind both areas are those of economic and essential service needs. Do you consider the work of supervisor to be full-time? I certainly do; to think otherwise would put you in a position to accept responsibilities for another city.or county. 25% OFF PAINT SALE Regency Interior& Exterior j Wonder Pro  Ralph Lauren 'Wonder Pure P A I N T N 50% OFF " L. PAINT SALE J , Porch & Floor j" Ralph Lauren Specialty j All Weather Gloss j Old' Base Regency 25%- 50% OFF questions, concerns, ideas and any suggestions you think would improve our economic status. It's going to take all of us, working together, giving and helping each other if we are to come up on the high side of this economy. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the county and how would you address them? Plumas County has been hit hard with a slow growing economy; according to homefacts.com, the unemployment rate in Plumas County during December 2013 was 11.8, state of California was 7.9, and United States had a rate of 6.7. We need jobs. One of my top priorities will be to bring in jobs, good jobs; jobs that will complement our county, jobs that will be nonpolluting, safe for our communities, waterways, valleys and forests. Promote, seek and welcome those interested in such things as birding, biking, boating, bodybuilding, camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, forest, Johnsville museum, railroad museum, shopping, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, swimming and weightlifting. Our families need to be safe, secure and have well-paying, local jobs. With our good jobs come growth. With good growth comes public safety, financial security; with financial security comes the ability to protect funding to our public employees, our veterans and our senior citizens' nutritional programs. What about District 5? Is there an issue that is unique to Mohawk Valley and/or East Quincy? The opening of the Johnsville Ski Hill will be another one of my top priorities as your supervisor. Once reopened, Johnsviile will be an economic, recreational and cultural treasure for Plumas County. If Johnsville could be utilized all year round with recreation we may be able to help keep the lights on and beds filled in many of our local motels, vacation homes, restaurants and businesses giving "Our Local Economy" a much-needed boost. Johnsville Ski Hill will provide a positive and healthy recreational resource for our local youths, families, visiting friends and tourists. It will also help in strengthening our community by encouraging young families and retirees to "Come and Build Their Lives in Plumas County." Having enjoyed the Johnsville Ski Hill as a child, I would like the same opportunities for our families. I will devote my time and effort working to get the ski hill open. Do you consider the work of supervisor to be full-time? I do consider the job as your supervisor to be a 24-hour-a-day job. I know I will be on call when situations or problems arise. I have what I consider to be the best of the best as my employees. I will continue to oversee and operate Engel Construction, but will be available to respond to your needs. What would you like county residents to know about you? Jennifer and I along with our children and their families have owned and S ut'poeell]]l' operated Engel Construction for over 32 years. Many of the concerns you have for your families are similar to the ones we've had for my family. We care deeply for all of Plumas County and its people. Please contact me with any ideas, concerns or suggestions you may have. I-am a hard-working, common-senseand successful, local self-employed businessman. I'm a man of few words but I am a good listener, I'm not a politician or a smooth talker. I won't make promises I can't keep. I hope you can see that "Our Roots Grow Deep & Wide, Long & Local" here in the Plumas County soil. I live here, I've raised my family here, I work here, I love it here. What would you like county residents to know about you? That I simply care! Like all of you, I want a better future for our children, those that work and live here in Plumas County and those that retire here. I'm an individual who leads by example and knows through experience that you can do anything when you put your mind to it. Invest in PLUMAS COUNTY IT TAKES TO NEED liB Collision Repah" Professionals FIIIrllround 00'2E Carpet Featuring by nature. 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