Introductory statements from candidates for one of two seats on the Ronald Wastewater District Board

A few voters in the far southwest corner of Snohomish County will help elect two commissioners of the Ronald Wastewater District, which mostly is in the Shoreline area of King County.

Three candidates are running for a full six-year term that begins in January.

Three others are running for what ballots call a “short and full term” that begins in December. The “short” term is the last month that incumbent Richard Matthews holds by appointment. The “full” term is for six years starting in January. The position is one of two created when the board expanded from three to five commissioners last year.

Both the full six-year term position and the “short and full term” position will appear on the Aug. 6 primary ballot, with the top two vote-getters for each position advancing to the Nov. 5 general-election ballot.

Running for the short and full term for the new position on this year’s ballot are Craig Degginger, Matthews and George Webster.

A second new position will appear on the 2015 district ballot.

Here are introductory statements from the three candidates for the short and full term in this year’s primary:

Craig Degginger

Craig Degginger is seeking this position because he cares deeply about Shoreline’s future. In his role as Shoreline School District’s Public Information Officer, Craig worked tirelessly to achieve the community’s goal of replacing both high schools, providing our children with the buildings they deserve.

Last year, Shoreline citizens voted overwhelmingly for acquisition of the city’s portion of Seattle Public Utilities’ water system. The majority of Ronald Wastewater’s board opposed this acquisition. As the City prepares to implement the assumption of the Ronald Wastewater District by 2017, it’s time to elect new leadership that will work as partners with the City.

Richard Matthews

I’ve served as Ronald Wastewater Commissioner since August 2012. My legal background emphasizing real estate and business transactions has helped the District in decisions faced this year. My record of commitment to the public (Little League; Rotary; The SCC Foundation; City task forces and commissions) demonstrates that I have the experience and skills to serve to protect ratepayers and the sanitary system.

I have solid working relationships with all segments of our community — elected officials; school district and college; utilities and businesses.

I will continue as Commissioner to collaborate with all groups and ratepayers to meet challenges the District faces.

George R. Webster

George and his wife have lived in Shoreline 34-years. Two children, Robert and Robin, graduated from Shoreline High School.

A licensed Professional Environmental Engineer with 46 years experience included: two-years as Technical Representative to the OECD in Paris, France, while working 10-years as a GS-15 Senior Environmental Engineer with the EPA in Washington, D.C. Honors included: Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers with Water and Wastewater expertise.

George’s former company, WEBSTERS’ Inc., specialized in asbestos inspections and abatement management for WSU, UW, and 10 local school districts. George now works as a consultant to local environmental firms.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.

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