CHELAN — Chelan City Councilman and attorney Stan Morse has announced his bid to unseat Dennis Bolz on the Chelan County PUD commission.
“Energy is our world. It’s fascinating and it’s critical to everything we do in this county,” said Morse, 55, in a phone interview Thursday. “The PUD is where it’s happening. That’s where the future is taking place, that and in agriculture. I want to make a difference.”
Morse said that if elected he would serve out his remaining year on the Chelan City Council and possibly run for another term on that council.
He said he’s up for the time and intellectual challenges of both posts.
“I revel in learning things. That’s one of the things about being in a wheelchair … it’s just a wonderful, challenging playground of learning,” said Morse, who has used a wheelchair for mobility since he was injured in a skiing accident at age 17 at Mission Ridge.
“I’ve been a good problem-solver for my clients, and an efficient lawyer. But that’s no longer enough for me,” he said. “That’s why I ran for Chelan City Council and why I’m running for the PUD, because I want to make a difference.”
Morse will try to unseat first-term incumbent Dennis Bolz for a four-year term representing the utility’s “District B at large.”
The district surrounds Lake Chelan and heads south, taking in Entiat and part of northern Wenatchee. Bolz has said he’ll announce his bid for re-election in June.
Morse lives in Chelan. He said his great-grandparents, Bertie and Swisher McPherron, arrived in the Union Valley area, north of Chelan, as homesteaders in the late 1800s.
He earned a law degree from Southern Illinois University in 1979, practiced law for 12 years in Seattle and served on boards for the arts and for the disabled.
Morse says his skills as a lawyer could benefit the PUD board when interpreting contracts, negotiating strategies and looking for “windows of opportunity” on the political front.
Christine Pratt: 665-1173