“The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves -- in their separate, and individual capacities.”

Abraham Lincoln --July 1, 1854.

This quote from Lincoln frames my campaign.

I entered into this city council election because I believe we need to change the way our city conducts business. In the last few months I have investigated both financial and political issues that did not make sense. Our city is in business to do our work – those things which we cannot do for ourselves. That includes all issues relating to land use, infrastructure and actions that keep us safe and secure.

Like many of us who have lived on Bainbridge a long time, we largely ignore our government assuming that a group of smart people are doing what is best for all of us - that is until something does not “smell right” or goes totally wrong. The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) was my first independent investigation. Aside from the conflicting arguments on both sides of this issue I find it unacceptable that the legal ramifications of this document, if enacted as is, could be the financial undoing of Bainbridge. One sitting councilmember responded to a related question about potential SMP lawsuits by saying “bring it on”. To me that is unacceptable.

Probing into other issues I am profoundly perplexed about the waste of money and human resources in our city. It should not surprise any of us that churning through four city managers in four years – nine in the last eleven – is indicative of severe management and staff issues.

My campaign is dedicated to issues that should not have occurred but did – and what I would do to fix them. I am also looking ahead to prevent problems including avoiding unnecessary risks or expense and lawsuits. The 2013 election is important because three council members are leaving. That leaves room to put in a businessman who won’t take a political side, who is politically independent and who won’t put up with council policies, or a lack thereof, that disserve, or even harm our city and/or its residents.

My issues are listed on this website starting with a handful and adding others each week. It has not been difficult to find them once you get started.

Look at my issues and my personal analysis of what I would do to fix the problems. Then decide whether I am the right person for the job.

You will see one of my primary concerns is to identify a way to get meaningful public input. If you ever attended a city council meeting you will understand. There is no current way to effectively integrate public input into city policy. If you vote for me that will change. I know the returning city council members – some for a long time. While we may not agree on everything, which is to be expected, we can reach decisions with compromise. The current situation of council voting 4-3 to decide not even to discuss legitimate motions and proposals has to change.

Remember, the city is here to do our work – that which we cannot do for ourselves. When that is not happening and city cost-control policies are virtually non-existent, it is time to change the team.

Keep up with my issues posted on this site and email me if you have other positive suggestions. I hope to earn your vote. You will hear more from me soon.

Richard (Dick) Haugan
Bainbridge Island City Council Candidate



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