The Affordable Housing Council of Central Washington (AHCCW), the Political Action Committee of the Central Washington Home Builders Association has made a rare early endorsement – before candidates have officially filed – of Jerry Martens for Kittitas County Commissioner.
The AHCCW aims to “help shape the political environment and elect candidates who will support the industry’s goal to provide citizens the opportunity to realize the dream of home ownership.”
Jerry Martens understands just how critical it is to ensure homes are available for families.
“As a member of the homebuilding community for my entire 50-year career, I am proud to have the endorsement of our local homebuilders,” Martens said. “Residential construction and its related industries make up a sizable portion of the Upper County’s workforce. I’m looking forward to continuing my advocacy for this vital industry on the Board of County Commissioners. I will focus on removing unnecessary regulation that has been a driving cause of inflated home prices and work toward making housing more affordable for our families.”
Martens continued, “The residential construction industry has been hit hard recently due to the Governor’s forced work stoppage. Unfortunately, that has further exacerbated our housing emergency in Kittitas County – including delaying the first multi-family project in the Upper County in at least a decade. I will be a forceful advocate for getting our homebuilders back working at full speed and fight to reduce barriers so we can increase our housing stock.”
Chris Nass, Chairman of the Affordable Housing Council of Central Washington said, “We’re excited to support one of our very own members and past presidents in his effort toward further public service. Jerry, as a home builder, has an extensive background in growth management, land use, and permitting policy that will serve him well on the county commission.”