The fact that we were outgrowing our water system came as a shock to all of us. Fortunately, several of our knowledgeable and enterprising local citizens learned of it and realized what could happen if some outside entity could buy out North Beach Water with no interest but profit in their eyes.
These men have given us the opportunity to own, manage and maintain it locally, with a board of directors of local citizens - one from each of three districts. This can allow for growth , but keep our rates as low as possible. Each director must reside in his or her own district.
My friend, Gwen Brake, is a candidate for Commissioner No. 2. Gwen has been a community activist ever since she moved here in 1999. She has volunteered at the senior center, has launched and coordinated the Women's Progressive Caucus (this group sponsored one of the water company meetings, held at the library, where R.D. Williams explained what was being accomplished), she takes an active interest in Pacific County Democratic politics, and is a hospice volunteer, among numerous other activities.
Gwen and her husband Robert are educators. She has taught college classes in computer science in Ilwaco and presently teaches computer classes to elementary students in Clatsop County.
Gwen is intelligent and resourceful. I think a woman of her caliber would be an excellent addition to the board and a reasonable, fair representative for our community.