Work history: Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in East Wenatchee for 28 years; part-time work as a funeral counselor for 19 years; Douglas County Republican Party chairman, four years (2001-2005).
Experience: East Wenatchee Water District Commissioner since November 2007; current Water District Board president; member of Regional Water Board; board member of the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts.
Education: Graduated from Thorton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Ill., in 1972; earned a bachelor’s degree from Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Ind., in 1976; earned a master’s degree from Faith Baptist Seminary in Crawfordsville, Ind., in 1988.
Personal: Age 55; hometown, East Wenatchee.
Campaign Web site: watercommish.com
Work history: Public school teacher and administrator for 37 years, including 11 years as a teacher, nine years as a vice principal, 10 years as operations director for Lake Stevens School District and director of transportation for Northshore School District for six years. Most recently director of transportation for Bethel School District near Tacoma.
Experience: Lake Stevens Sewer District commissioner for seven years, current president of the Wenatchee Valley Street Rods, member of East Wenatchee Events Board, member of Wings & Wheels Festival Committee, secretary of the Thursday Night Garage Association.
Education: Graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle in 1958; earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Washington in 1965; earned a master’s of education degree with a focus in vocational education from the University of Washington in 1968.
Personal: Age 69; hometown, East Wenatchee.
Campaign Web site: gbrianegan.com
EAST WENATCHEE — G. Brian Egan hopes to unseat two-year incumbent John Sterk for East Wenatchee Water District Commission, Position 2 at the Nov. 3 general election. Commissioners meet twice a month and oversee the Water District, which provides water to East Wenatchee and parts of Douglas County. The position is a six-year term. Sterk was elected two years ago to replace Commissioner Matt Warner, who died.
“My experience with the water district has been very, very good,” said Sterk. “I want to continue to contribute in a positive way in our community.”
“I have a passion for this,” Egan said. “We, the people, need to be represented by someone who believes in the people.”
WW: What do you think the issues are for this year’s election?
Sterk: “From my perspective, I want to continue in a positive way in our community and continue with leadership of the Water District. Really there are no hot-button issues. … We’re delivering product well, there are no employment, no management issues.”
Egan: “I have proven success. I have the qualifications and the history of proven success with overseeing the operations of … school districts and a sewer district. He doesn’t. Also, bringing respect and recognition to the voice of the ratepayer. I know my opponent doesn’t see that at all.”
WW: Why are you running?
Egan: “I’m running because first of all I believe in giving service to the community where you live,” Egan said. “I believe in that strongly. When I was a sewer commissioner (in Lake Stevens) we gave our time to do that. … I will be volunteering my time as Water commissioner too.”
“I am extremely concerned that ratepayers of East Wenatchee Water District are not being listened to. This has been demonstrated in meetings I’ve attended. Third, I’m concerned about fiscal management … about lack of involvement by commissioners in the budgetary process. … I’m concerned because that determines rates.
“I believe I have the most qualifications, I believe I have the aptitude, I have the proven experience. I have a successful background in dealing with these areas.”
Sterk: “I want to continue to provide leadership to the Water District and participate in the future of our community.”
WW: Do you have a response to the idea of refusing compensation as Egan has said he will if he is elected?
Sterk: “Technically it’s not a paid position already. All we receive is per diem. I think that’s political gymnastics right now.”
Rochelle Feil Adamowsky: 664-7153