Lakewood Water District

Commissioner Pos. 3

One candidate running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Gary Barton

One candidate did not respond to our questionnaire:
John S. Korsmo, Jr.
This candidate has chosen to not participate in our Voter's Guide. Please refer to your Official Pierce County Voter's Guide information.

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Sanctuary Status

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

Gary Barton

Yes

I support Sanctuary Status cities and counties because they fight for human dignity by not enforcing bigoted and racist Federal Law or President Trump's Executive Order.

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)

Gary Barton

WSDCCRES - 724 - 150418 - PASS - ENV - Regulating Carbon Pollution (31st)2016SCRES - 050 - 160618 - PASS - LAB - Failure to Enforce Trade Laws
WSDCCRES - 583 - 120922 - PASS - LAB - Protect Collective Bargaining Rights
2014SC - 067 - 140621 - PASS - LAB - Public Employees Pensions
WSDCCRES - 741 - 150919 - PASS - CIV - Voting Rights Act
2016SCRES - 011 - 160618 - PASS - CIV - Black Lives Matter
2008SCRES - 126 - 080614 - PASS - CIV - Marriage Equality
WSDCCRES - 772 - 160130 - PASS - CIV - Supporting Transgender Rights
WSDCCRES - 525 - 110430 - PASS - HUM - Against Medicare Privatization
WSDCCRES - 526 - 110430 - PASS - HUM - Against Social Security Cuts
WSDCCRES - 670 - 140201 - PASS - HUM - Affordable Housing Assistance
2008SCRES - 194 - 080614 - PASS - CORP - Holding Corporations Responsible
2016SCRES - 085 - 160618 - PASS - ENV - Carbon Tax
2016SCRES - 126 - 160618 - PASS - ENV - Support GeoThermal Power Plants
2016SCRES - 140 - 160618 - PASS - ENV - Overfishing

Goals & Needs of Constituency

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

Gary Barton

Ensure the viability of the NEW District’s Customer Assistance Program that allows customers to donate money to help those who need assistance paying their water bill.
Approve yearly operating budgets that adequately funds both maintenance & capital improvements to the water-supply infrastructure. The Water District is 70 years old and we need to continue funding the replacement of aging and undersized water lines before the infrastructure becomes a barrier to economic development and redevelopment.
Support policies that help protect the aquifer system beneath Lakewood so we continue to have a clean source of water. This District solely relies on groundwater pumped from 30 local supply wells, but contaminates currently impact one supply well.

What are the top five needs of your constituency?

Gary Barton

My constituency want a water supply that continues be safe, clean, plentiful and affordable for all residences and businesses

Connecting with Young People

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

Gary Barton

Young people today are much more progressive than older generations. They believe in science. I will engage them by having close supporters blog about my experience in water resources. Young people demand that their water supply continues be safe, plentiful and affordable for all residences and businesses and that is the reason why I am running for Commissioner. My qualifications are that I am a Licensed Geologist in WA & PA with 30 years’ experience in groundwater resources and supply wells, published papers on water resources and pubic supply wells, and have spoken at many water resource conferences.

Police-Minority Relations

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

Gary Barton

Yes

Yes. This is specifically about supporting the economically challenged which includes minorities.
As Commissioner I will help ensure the viability of the NEW District’s Customer Assistance Program that allows customers to donate money to help those who need assistance paying their water bill.
As Commissioner I will help ensure that the water-supply infrastructure in minority and poorer communities have their fair share of maintenance and capitol improvements."

Homelessness

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

Gary Barton

Not applicable to a Water Commissioner.

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.

Gary Barton

No

No. I strongly advocate keeping the current Internet where we are all on equal footing. Internet users should be free (1) to go anywhere on the internet or (2) to run any application knowing the data stream will not be blocked or throttled.

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

Gary Barton

As Water Commissioner I would regularly ask the Lakewood Water District's IT Department to report on customer data security.

Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants

Are you an incumbent to this position?

Gary Barton

No

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

Gary Barton

No

None

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

Gary Barton

Susan Hartle, a Democratic PCO in the 28th LD, is my campaign manager.