North Bend Eagle

 

 

Four running for Council seats

by Nathan Arneal
published 10/29/08

Until last Friday, it looked as if only one person would be running for the two vacant seats on the North Bend City Council. That number quadrupled within hours of the filing deadline with three more throwing their hat into the ring.

Incumbant Kevin Ferguson will be the only one with his name on the ballot, but Jeff Kluthe, Henry Rahlfs and Mike Williams have joined the fray as write-in candidates. In order to vote for a write-in candidate, voters must write the person’s name in the blank and darken the circle next to the name.

Below, in alphabetical order, are each candidate’s responses to an Eagle questionaire.

Kevin Ferguson
Ferguson

Kevin Ferguson has been serving on the Council since being appointed in June 2007.

What prompted you to run for re-election? I will only have served on the city council for 1 1/2 years. I would like to serve a full term. Also the lack of interest in anyone else running affected my decision.

What accomplishments are you proud of or think are significant? I don’t know that there have been any so-called accomplishments. It’s been a learning experience and I’ve tried to make solid, well informed decisions.

What challenges do you see North Bend facing in the near future and how do you propose dealing with them? One challenge I see is that North Bend is not growing. I think that we need to work to the best of our ability to attract businesses and people to North Bend.

Anything else? As I serve on the city council I would like to work to make the council more people friendly and not be looked upon by people as always being negative. We all need to work together to make and keep our hometown a great place to live.

Jeff Kluthe
Kluthe

Jeff Kluthe is running as a write-in candidate.

What prompted you to run for city council? I would like to help out on the issues that are out there right now and make sure things that are running smoothly stay that way. I believe I can bring some new ideas to the table.

Why do you think you make a good candidate for council? I grew up in a small town so I know how tight-knit a community can be and how issues can divide a community. With open communications between the city council and the people of North Bend, we can resolve all issues that may come up.

What challenges do you see North Bend facing in the near future and how do our propose dealing with them? It is difficult to predict what is going to happen in the near future. With the economy taking a hit, I think watching our budget (spending) is very important. Also, any time we can get a new business looking at starting in North Bend, we should try everything we can to make that happen. Keeping the community growing is important.

Anything else? I would be proud to serve the people of North Bend. I will work with any individual that may have concerns or ideas. Let’s all work together for the betterment of the community. I do not believe there is any problem too big or too small that we cannot resolve together.

Henry Rahlfs
Rahlfs

Henry Rahlfs is running as a write-in candidate.

What prompted you to run for city council? No one else showed interest in running. It’s a civic duty to run for office.

Why do you think you make a good candidate for council? I have lived in North Bend for 35 years and know a lot about this town. I would like to get other’s opinions on topics of interest before making the right decision that would benefit everybody.

What challenges do you see North Bend facing in the near future and how do our propose dealing with them? Getting the by-pass around town finished and by working with road officials to see this happen. The budget is always a challenge.

Anything else? I want a chance to served the people of this town.

Mike Williams
Williams

Mike Williams is running as a write-in candidate.

What prompted you to run for the city council? As stated in the article published in this issue, several reasons are on my mind. I have encouraged several folks to serve in this position on the council. They chose to pass at this time unfortunately. North Bend is better served by an elected verses appointed representative. We have a potential to be a very good place to live if we address some basic needs of infrastructure, in my opinion.

Why do you think you make a good candidate for council? I have served prior. The atmosphere is vastly different on the council at this time, a positive exploration of possible answers to identified needs within the community may now be developed. If and when elected leaders and community members are willing to roll up our collective sleeves and address honestly the needs of the town progress to address citizen needs will be developed in a orderly manner. I sense I can be one of those leaders if and when these needs arise in the next term.

What challenges do you see North Bend facing in the near future, and how do you propose dealing with them? We have a water quality issue. Volume of water is one thing but quality is a second area that needs to addressed. Several additional infrastructure issues have been suggested. Possible answers need to be explored. That takes time and effort of many citizens, encouraging participation and building solutions is a way to serve this community.

Anything else? The past has come and gone. Wise people all can learn from the success and frustrations that took place. We all have today to explore needs currently pressing for answers in the North Bend and area. Tomorrow is a place to dream about. What do we want to pass along as a quality of life to the next generation. I believe with some hard work and honest effort that is attainable for all citizens who live here.

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