Fire Protection District 6

Commissioner Pos. 5

One candidate running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Larry Nelson

One candidate did not respond to our questionnaire:
Matt Holm
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Sanctuary Status

Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.

Larry Nelson

Yes

Yes. residents of Washington that have been here a long time (many have children that are US citizens) should not live in fear of the police splitting up their families. Their families are productive members of the community.

PCYD & WA Democrats Resolutions

What resolutions from PCYDs or the WA Democrat State Party do you align with?
(PCYD: Decline to Sign I-1552, Petition: Tacoma City Council: Protect Undocumented Immigrants #HereToStay)

Larry Nelson

I agree, but I don't live in Tacoma, so its moot.

Goals & Needs of Constituency

If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?

Larry Nelson

Our district is facing rapid growth which is stretching our resources to the limit. The proposed zoning changes to the South Hill and Spanaway area come with no impact fees. If passed they guarantee that we will not be able to respond with needed equipment in required time. The 2nd issue funding for equipment that is wearing out much sooner than in the past( due to increased call volumes). This may require a new fund source ie. a bond or levy.
We have excellent firefighters and paramedics they need the resources to respond to our citizens calls. The growth in our area is going to require a re-examination of where our stations and ladder trucks are placed. I want the Fire Protection Districts to have more input on the zoning changes. They can result in unfunded mandate to the department.

What are the top five needs of your constituency?

Larry Nelson

1. roads are over crowded. We need to finish projects that are started and do those that are planned. The cross base highway, connecting to the Orting Valley, the Canyon road extension- both north and south. Road connectivity is very important to our first responders.
2. maintaining our levels of service to our district. We will have many projected retirements coming in the next 5 years, these replacement firefighters must be able to hired and trained. This is no small job. The police are facing the same issues.
3. Most of our calls ( about 80%) are medical, we need to be able to respond in a timely and appropriate manner. The county needs to work on methods of response that meet the citizens need.
4. Pierce county needs to attract more family wage jobs. The available land is rapidly being covered with warehouses ( not many jobs ther)

Connecting with Young People

How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?

Larry Nelson

We need to listen to them. Through our community outreach efforts and school programs.

Police-Minority Relations

Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.

Larry Nelson

Yes

Yes. We send out our people to community organizations , high schools, job fairs, etc., and advertise to those groups

Homelessness

How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?

Larry Nelson

My firefighters respond to their calls a lot. I think we treat them with respect while trying to encourage them to seek assistance. We don't deal with citizenship or voting rights at all.

Net Neutrality & Internet Privacy

Would you advocate for Net Neutrality on a Federal Level? Please explain your response.
Note: There was an error when creating the questionnaire that originally required a 2250 character response. Any additional characters candidates added as filler only have been removed.

Larry Nelson

Yes

Yes. I haven’t studied this issue, as it doesn’t affect fire service that I’m aware of.

How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?

Larry Nelson

We deal with health information only ,I hope there is no weakening of the Hippa rules.

Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants

Are you an incumbent to this position?

Larry Nelson

No

Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?

Larry Nelson

No

No.

What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?

Larry Nelson

None