Jim and his wife Betsy moved to Vancouver in 1979. Within a few months they decided Clark County was the place where they would permanently settle and raise their family. All three of their children, Laura, Clark and Ray went through Vancouver schools, each graduating from Columbia River High School.

As a customer and owner of Clark Public Utilities he appreciates the benefits our traditional low cost power has brought to our families and community as a whole.

What we have here is a 300 million dollar a year business, that serves every resident of our community. The impact is huge on jobs, on the environment, and on our overall livability and quality of life.

We’re in the first year of feeling the full effects of the Renewable Energy law I-937. passed in 2006. There is more change and complexity than ever in the electric power business.

Essentially this election is a job interview and decision to hire for the next 6 years an individual to strongly advocate for the best interests of all the customer- owners of the PUD. We need someone with experience, and someone who can keep pace with the change that will continue to take place.

Jim has a diverse business background with many years in the hospitality business, the financial services industry and five years ago establishing a practice in the Commercial Real Estate industry. His focus is serving small and medium sized companies, most locally owned with their leasing needs, and purchasing their commercial property when the time is right.

With that focus, Jim is an active member in Vancouver, Battleground and Camas-Washougal Chambers of Commerce, the Columbia River Economic Development Council, Southwest Washington Contractors Association, Evergreen Business Association, and the Hazel Dell -Salmon Creek Business Association.

Every day he is in contact and listens to a wide range of Clark County community members and has the pulse on the challenges they face in this tough economic climate.

Jim currently serves on the Clark County Family YMCA Board for 12 years, with a 5 year stint as it’s Chair. He also serves in leadership roles with Daybreak Youth Services and Greater Clark County Rotary and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Clark County program

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