An issue that has recently been raised – and is also the subject of Fake News on Facebook – is my work related to the Easton area plat of Marian Meadows. In short, I was hired to provide land use consulting services on the project through my company Martens Enterprises, LLC. This business relationship was terminated when I declared my candidacy for County Commissioner.
I have been accused of having a financial interest in the Easton Ridge Land Company who owns the plat. That is completely false.
I have made no secret and our disclosures show that I’m a land-use consultant who helps people across Washington use their land. I assist landowners in managing their land holdings so they can provide for their families, and in many cases, build their own homes or provide homes for others. I am not running to change our county code for the benefit of the development community, as some have falsely accused.
As of this writing, over 25% of the incumbent’s total contributions have come from the biggest developers in our county. These accusations toward me by her supporters seem to be shifting the focus off of her substantial developer support, poor leadership, and record.
I decided to run because our Board of County Commissioners lack a comprehensive understanding of state law and its compatibility with our county code. That is unacceptable. I question many aspects of our county code, but my concerns have very little to do with development and much to do about your right to make use of your own land and futures.
I’m running because the incumbent voted to increase the county budget by 26% over the past four years. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen a corresponding 26% increase in services.
Over the past 20 years, no one with a background in land use or development has been elected commissioner, yet growth is one of the biggest issues facing our county. During that period, we have lost access to exempt groundwater use and now must buy our rural water access by the gallon per day. We have also been sued and lost to environmental interests, which now retain the right to determine our local land-use regulations. Essentially, due to poor leadership, our county must run to Olympia for permission on how we operate.
When you hold politicians accountable, they start to get a little fussy. If you read something online about me and it seems unbelievable or makes you go, “that’s crazy,” well, it probably is. Feel free to call me anytime at 509-674-7271 or stop by my office in downtown Cle Elum at 418 E 1st St, and I’ll be glad to give you a straight answer.