SEAVIEW Brett Malin was elected as chair of the Pacific County Republican Party last month after his wife, Nan, who had been the chair, resigned to take a position as the state director of Americans for Prosperity. Brett had been the state Republican committee person before being elected to his new post.
Malin, 52, grew up in Marquette, Mich., which he says is very similar to the Columbia-Pacific region.
Its got lots of woods and lots of Finns, he said. Hes been active in the party since moving here in 2004 and served as the countys Republican Party treasurer and also serves on the Seaview Water Commission, a position hes held since 2006 and will be running for again next year.
The owner of a small data processing service for 25 years, Malin holds degrees in math and computer science.
Its important for people to be more aware of the challenges and difficulties facing the country now, he said. They need to be involved in the political process. While at times, it seems we can get by without people paying attention, we need as many people as possible to get involved in the ongoing debates over budgets, taxing and spending. He added that hes seeing more and more citizens becoming involved in the process.
Part of my job is to convince people to get involved, he said. The party has outreach efforts by mail and email to improve the awareness of the party in the county. We hope to continue this by using new media available on the Internet and keeping in contact. E-mail is a great advantage when were keeping in contact and sending out information. The first job of Republicans is to elect Republicans. Were always working on identifying and recruiting candidates.
Because the state is in the midst of another budget crisis in Olympia, Malin said politics needs to be taken a whole lot more seriously. Weve been kicking the can down the road for too long. The state has a big unfunded liability with public sector retirement funds. Aside from the normal problems of keeping state spending under control, a challenge in itself, revenues will be $700 million down in the next biennium. Its a serious situation. We need to come to grips with reality and re-evaluate whats necessary for the government to do.