Saturday, July 23, 2016

Vote For Me

This is my 6th Video I made for this campaign, and the shortest one. I truly hope you have sent in your ballot- Tuesday, August 2nd at 8pm the primary election is over. Out of 93 names on ballot, only 32 move on to final November Election. I truly have enjoyed running with two outstanding candidates for County Commissioner #1. They both have good morals, would do a good job and I think would follow some of my concerns. So please,  Just VOTE! Get Er Done!
A lot has changed since I decided to run last April, from Presidential candidates running to news and mandates handed out. I have no regrets in running. 16 years ago I backed out at last minute to run against Ken Stanton and Leslie Emerick. I was a bit surprised being in a bigger league than city council was at the requests to spend my money. I had over 22 emails just on that and several phone calls- yet I have only spent 675.00 to file and around 10.00 in ink for my campaign posters. I do have more campaign posters up in District #1 than Trump and Hillary combined, I believe. Thanks to KPQ and KOHO for having me on the air, and for Wenatchee World for doing two articles on my campaign. I was thankful how positive people were and the media was very fair to me as well.
I never said I spoke for DOT, and some roundabouts are good, but I still believe funds could be better spent on adding traffic lanes to encourage growth and business, and we need to avoid roundabouts on high traffic truck routes when possible. I was reprimanded for suggesting we lower the speed limit at 5th/28 to curb accidents there.  I am thankful Douglas County did pass a fireworks ban- something I supported when on city council both for fires and for animals. I am also thankful East Wenatchee kept 4 lanes on Valley Mall Parkway.  I hope whoever is elected will curb tax increases at all levels- the only tax increase I still support is on the importation of Garbage to our Landfill in Douglas County. The Sales tax should be reduced when the Town Toyota Center is paid off and fire levy will go down as well when it is collected. I still believe spending involves priorities and not, more taxes.  I also know who ever moves on will need our prayers as we seek to unite our country and will be difficult to please both sides on many issues. If you have voted- Thank You- your vote really matters and says a lot to those running and those  already in office. If you have not voted- Please- get that ballot dropped off or mailed Today- Please VOTE!
Although not in Douglas County, I do have a road named after me just south of here! This is my 22nd blog post under Douglas County Commissioner and 6th video I made for this campaign. Got To Again and Roundabouts were the most popular blogs with over 333 hits between the two of them. Take A Chance On me had over 88 hits on YouTube as the most popular song. Still the One was second with 50 hits. Vote for me just came out, and has 26 already.  Again, my campaign is different, I had fun and I appreciate all who encouraged me in my dream and kept things positive.
I am proud of and support the GOP Platform....It's Official -- GOP Approves Platform
One of the first orders of business for the 2016 Republican National Convention was to adopt the platform that delegates from the state and territories crafted last week in advance of all the delegates arriving for the Convention. The platform has been described as the most conservative in history. As a delegate from Louisiana, I was able to take an active part in shaping the document with the assistance of my team at FRC Action. Here are just a few highlights of the platform as it was adopted earlier today:

National Defense
"We believe that our nation is most secure when the president and the administration prioritize readiness, recruitment, and retention, rather than using the military to advance a social or political agenda. Military readiness must not be sacrificed on the altar of politically correct social agendas, which this administration has done."

Economic Growth
"Republican budgets will prioritize thrift over extravagance and put taxpayers first. We support the following test: Is a particular expenditure within the constitutional scope of the federal government? Of not, stop it."

"The American family is the foundation of civil society and the cornerstone is marriage, the union of one man and one woman...we do not accept the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the States."

Health Care
"Any honest agenda for improving health care must start with repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare. It weighs like the dead hand of the past upon American medicine."

Protecting Human Life
"The Constitution's guarantee that no one can "be deprived of life, liberty or property" deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence's proclamation that "all" are "endowed by their Creator" with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to children before birth. We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood."

Title IX
"We emphatically support the original, authentic meaning of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. It affirmed that "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." That language opened up for girls and women a world of opportunities that had too often been denied to them. That same provision of law is now being used by bureaucrats – and by the current president of the United States – to impose a social and cultural revolution upon the American people by wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include sexual orientation, or other categories. The agenda has nothing to do with individual rights; it has everything to do with power. They are determined to reshape our schools -- or entire society -- to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America's history and traditions. Their edict to the States concerning restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities is at once illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues. We salute the several States which have filed suit against it."

This was above my work desk and how it survived the fire in our house a few years ago. I kept it there for years as a reminder. Today, I would use this quote “I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God.”

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.   Abraham Lincoln

I try to use this blog to share questions and answers- here is a recent question/answer on climate change;Commissioner #1
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Dear Candidate Hendricks:
I am writing on behalf of Climate Conversations NCW. We are a group of about 220 members and have been meeting for two years. We would like to know your perspective on climate change.
Thank you.
Susan Evans
Wenatchee, Wa.

Thank you Susan- I respect your views and we may disagree- but climate change is a loaded question- it happens every year and is normal. I think the real question is global warming and I actually think much of that research is flawed and we spend too much money on fighting something that happens normally and is actually controlled by a higher power than you and I. Sure I do not want to pollute or destroy our world, but I think it is not our greatest problem by a long shot.
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Susan Evans Thanks so much for responding. May I share your response with the larger group of CC NCW members?

Dennis Hendricks for Douglas County Commissioner #1 sure- and the main thing is to vote this primary.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

There Is A Mountain- Hurricane Ridge & Sol Duc

On this date in 2015, we made a short trip to Hurricane Ridge and Sol Duc- near Port Angeles, on the Westside. It was 32 years since we were last there. We had perfect Weather and so much fun camping. We camped the first night at Fairmont, 2nd night at Sol Duc, and The 3rd and final night was at Hurricane Ridge. Jan fixed 8 great meals over the campfire and we survived with no internet most of the time. We hit the quilt shops, hot springs, hikes, ferry ride, and even McDonalds for internet hookups. It was a great weekend and fun to spend time with Jan.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Still Feeling Fine

July 15, 2016 is the start of the 18 day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out then and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers. I hope you will take time to fill out your primary ballot and return it. The last primary ballot in Douglas County had only 37% turnout. We really do have some great candidates who are running both in county and state primary election and it has been great to get to know many of them and see their passion, values, and desire to build up our country as it was in the past.

It has been a fun run and I appreciate  those who have shared my posts on facebook.  Thanks for your patience with me- some of you are tired of this- I understand. A lot of things have changed since I decided to run 4 months ago- out of 8 republican presidential candidates, only one remains and he was not my top choice.  And Some things have not really changed since I last served. I will need you to speak up no matter who is elected, and keep those in office accountable.

Who you vote for really depends on how you view the position.  Is it to represent all the people?  If so, then you probably aren't going to want me to be in that position because some people's views are not the same as mine. There is a huge difference in just the two parties alone.  We both will then be conflicted.  Do I vote against what the citizens desire? On the other hand, if you view this election as people giving me permission and ability to express my personal views and shape legislation the way I think is best - then it would be more of a green light to allow my name to stand and I would want your vote.

Sure we have not heard of any need to raise taxes since April and  we have heard the county is in the best financial shape it has been in years by another commissioner. And if those elected will keep their promises of not raising taxes-I will have won no matter what the ballot count. I entered the race wanting to have fun and keeping it positive. I tried to stay within my budget and funds given me and I certainly did not mean to step on any toes. I think I am the only candidate who is having out autographed humor books on donations rather than just asking for money.  I think I have more campaign signs out in our area than does both Clinton and Trump . I don't measure who won or lost by the August 2nd ballot count- but who does not raise taxes and keeps moral standards high for next 4 years. “In America, you don’t fight because you hate what’s in front of you, you fight because you love what’s behind you.”
I appreciate those taking time to ask my views on issues and that opportunity. I try to post questions that I respond to- some could change upon calling to clarify them, as with this response to Wenatchee World's three questions to all Douglas Count commissioners today;
1) What you think are the strengths and weaknesses in Douglas County’s economy, and do you believe any changes are needed?
According to news during the primary race- Douglas County is in best shape financially in years and not one person has said we need to raise taxes. that is a Strength. We also have some great county employees and a low turnover. We have room to grow. We have the major airport in our county with new expanded runway.  Weakness's would tell me that after election is over, some will want to raise taxes and unfunded mandates be shoved down our throats and threats of loss of funds if we do not follow a presidential mandate.  There is a huge difference just in the two parties beliefs so no one will please both sides.  We have not kept up with traffic needs and housing needs- mainly due to restrictions and priorities and not necessarily the lack of taxes.2) Do you feel Douglas County’s departments do a good job of serving its residents, and are there ways they could do a better job? I am proud of our employees and they are doing a great job. I think Ken Stanton did a great job in serving.  I want to learn how we can do better in helping growth and building requirements- some areas are due to outside mandates-(you need to help change those with me), but all rules should be fairly and equally enforced. If you don't like something, don't get yourself an exemption, change it for all. I want to treat others how I would want to be treated, and if it isn't broke, why fix it.

3) What should voters know about you and your qualifications to serve as Douglas County commissioner?
We have some great candidates running- each have different strengths and views- that is good. My 23.5 years on city council shows you where I stood and I see few changes in how I would vote if elected. My 24 years working for WSDOT and truck driving experience would be helpful in serving on Transportation Council and give it more of a balance with the push for bike lanes and roundabouts over adding more traffic lanes for growth. I have worked under 3 different mayors and worked with many of the department heads already. I have lived in District 1 since 1987. Having been married for 42 years has taught me I do not always get my way and there are two sides to every decision- but communication is important.  I have more signs up than both Trump and Clinton in our area and have stayed within my budget in that area already.
Good news- I have a few humor books left- with autograph for only 100.00 each as a way to fund my campaign without accepting PAC or other funds- my office is not for sale. WSDOT shirts are available for same price since I cannot wear them during campaign. Great Investment Opportunity.

Perhaps I spoke too soon on taxes not going up. For property taxes-New Jersey has the highest effective rate at 2.11 percent and is followed closely by New Hampshire (1.99 percent) and Illinois (1.98 percent). On the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii has the lowest effective rate at 0.28 percent, and is followed closely by Alabama (0.40 percent), Washington State is #26 in nation with 0.94%.

And as of Today, Washington State’s gas tax will increase for the second time since August. In 2015, Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State legislature agreed on a transportation overhaul plan that included two gas tax increases, a 7 cpg increase on August 1, 2015, and a 4.9 cpg increase on July 1, 2016. The two tax increases were part of a $16 billion, 16-year transportation plan.
And the chart below is for those who think our sales tax should be like Seattle's and should go up- I am still waiting for it to go down from the PFD sales tax increase a few years ago.