QUINCY — Safety on the streets, community-friendly police and recreation for the city’s youth are top aims of the eight candidates vying here for four council seats in the Nov. 5 general election.
The campaign concerns have risen from efforts to stem gang activities, including crime and violence, in this town of 6,750, candidates said.
“I think we can all agree safety for our residents is a top priority,” said Councilman Jose Saldana, an 8-year incumbent running for reelection to Position 5.
Demands for strengthening the police force, training cops to engage with the community and providing out-of-school activities for kids have emerged in recent months as the city rebuilds its recreation program and wraps-up its search for a new police chief.
Candidates also pointed to the responsible use of tax dollars from a surge in recent years of industrial development, including construction of a new Amway botanical-processing plant, the influx of data centers and continued growth of agri-business in the area.
“We must improve and maintain our infrastructure to preserve our city’s attractiveness to industry,” said Matt Tait, candidate for Position 6.
QUINCY COUNCIL, POSITION 2
Erin James, challenger
Work history: Currently director of Quincy’s Communities That Care program, but has also worked as an administrative assistant for Wilbur-Ellis, executive director of the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce and an executive director of the nutrition education program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Snohomish County.
Experience: Has served as a precinct committee officer and chair of the Grant County Republican Party (4th Congressional District).
Education: Graduated from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick; earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Gonzaga University, Spokane; earned an MBA with leadership focus from City University of Seattle.
Personal: Divorced with two children.
Adam Roduner, incumbent
Work history: Worked eight years with the Grant County Road Department, and for the last five years has worked for Canfield & Associates, an insurance and risk management company in Ephrata. Experience: Has served on the council for two years, after being appointed in 2011 to fill a vacant seat.
Education: Graduated from Quincy High School in 1993; has trained and earned licensing and certification in insurance and risk management fields.
Personal: Two children, a 9-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter.
QUINCY COUNCIL, POSITION 4
Jeremy Seda, challenger
Work history: Owner of the 14-year-old company, Itanji, which provides consulting and development services for “everything related to the web.”
Experience: A volunteer for two years for the Quincy chapter of Communities that Care, a national coalition dedicated to prevention of youth behavior problems; also volunteers as a Quincy High School wrestling coach and an instructor at Quincy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Education: Attended high school in Kennewick and graduated from Gonzaga University in 2000 with a degree in business administration.
Personal: One son, age 12
Paul D. Worley, incumbent
Work history: Has worked 21 years as a wastewater treatment operator for a private company contracted to run municipal systems. Before that, he worked in the retail trade.
Experience: Has served as councilman for 12 years; has been a Lions Club member for six years.
Education: A graduate of Quincy High School; extensive training and certification on wastewater treatment plants.
Personal: Divorced with a grown stepson.
QUINCY COUNCIL, POSITION 5
David Day, challenger
Work history: He served in the Navy for four years and after that worked in restaurants and grocery stores until he was hired in 1997 as a custodian for the Quincy School District. He now works in building maintenance for the district.
Experience: Has served three terms on the board of directors of Public School Employees of Washington, a labor union of around 26,000 employees. He also been a member of local Kiwanis and Lions clubs and is a member of the Quincy American Legion Post, where he is the official bugler.
Education: He graduated from Quincy High School in 1989.
Personal: Married to his high school sweetheart, Georgia, since 1990. They have two children: a daughter, 18, and son, 16.
Web: Electdavidday.com, and a Facebook page (keywords: elect david day)
Jose Saldaña, incumbent
Work history: Extensive farm work, including picking fruit and other orchard tasks; several years with the Quincy High School maintenance department; and since 1996 owner and lead broker for Quincy Realty.
Experience: Has been a Quincy councilman for eight years and served on several council advisory committees, including legislative, safety and finance.
Personal: Two sons and one daughter.
Web: Facebook page under construction (keywords: jose saldana quincy).
QUINCY COUNCIL, POSITION 6 (no incumbent)
Work history: Interned in college for U.S. Congressman Ron Paul; will begin working at Quincy’s new Amway facility in the manufacturing division at the beginning of next year.
Experience: Currently serves as vice chair of the Grant County Republican Liberty Caucus.
Education: Graduated from Quincy High School in 2005. Graduated this year from BYU-Idaho with a degree in political science and American government.
Personal: Not married
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Work history: He’s worked many jobs, including golf course groundskeeper, recreation assistant, roofer, landscaper, basketball and baseball coach and teacher. He hopes to become a physical education teacher and a high school athletic director.
Experience: Currently membership chairman of the Quincy Booster Club membership chair; member of the Quincy Lions Club and member of the Quincy Wellness Advisory Committee.
Education: Graduated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in 2003; graduated from Washington State University with a degree in kinesiology in 2007; currently on course to graduate from Central Washington University with a master’s degree in athletic administration in June of 2014.
Personal: Married to Brittany, and they have two children, Jacoby, 4, and Makinsey, 2.
Web: Facebook Page (keywords: elect matt tait quincy)