Sam is committed to continue to fight for highway safety, barrier improvements, and additional highway capacity. Sam continues to push hard to add a second route or more capacity between Monroe and Gold Bar.
Highway 522 was once known in Readers' Digest as one of our state’s deadliest highways, and yet, it is still unfinished. The hourglass shape of the lane number changes is not only a safety issue, but also a terrible traffic issue as commuters sit in traffic when they could be home spending time with their families.
The Trestle needs to be updated with additional capacity and safety. Sam has been a strong advocate for Public/Private Partnerships on new routes like the 526 extension.
Highways are our state’s responsibility. The legislature has recently passed a transportation package that still leaves many of the needed safety and traffic improvements ignored. This is especially true along Highways 2, 9, and 522. The state hasn't completed their responsibility, but under Sam's leadership we have made these routes a county legislative priority at the state level. Sam will work hard to make sure we get the needed safety improvements to our streets at the county level and to our highways at the state level.
Sam will continue to make sure our working families' hard-earned money is spent fairly and wisely at the county level. Sam pushed hard to renovate the current county courthouse with existing funds instead of building a new one. This has saved taxpayers easily over $100 million dollars that would have been spent on a new County Courthouse.
Sam believes community education is important as well as our libraries. As a Lake Stevens resident, and then a council member, Sam has always made it a point to attend school tours hosted by our school superintendents. As a former school teacher, Sam knows how important it is to have our schools and communities work together not only to educate our K-12 students but also to have community education classes for the greater good of our community. Sam has a been a strong supporter of our local libraries.
Sam is a strong supporter of your private property rights. Sam is also a firm believer in opening up access for hiking and recreation. Many times because of 1-2% of the users leaving trash and debris, we spend massive amounts of money patrolling and closing access to the trails and wilderness areas. Sam would rather the state spend that same funding to keep areas open and cleaned up.
Both of Sam's grandfathers fought in WW2. Sam's parents were both Marines. As a county, we need to do our part in reaching out and helping our veterans and seniors with existing resources. Sam is thankful for groups like Senior Services who do so much to help those in need. Sam has been a strong supporter of our senior centers and making sure they get the funding they need to stay open.
Sam has shown that he is not afraid to get into the car and head to Olympia to stand up for our county. We must be better at protecting our environment which includes our air, water, lakes, and streams. Protection is not about keeping us from using those resources, but rather making sure we use each in a responsible matter. Many times extremists have turned environmental issues into a losing proposition for both our businesses and citizens. Sam noticed in his own neighborhood that street runoff was running into a local canal feeding Lake Stevens. Sam worked with the Conservation District to install a rain garden on his property that now treats street runoff before getting to the lake.
The key to Sam's continued policy is balance and responsibility. Three-fourths of Snohomish County is covered in trees. Two-thirds of those trees are protected state and forest lands and the remaining third are what is called working forests. Sam believes in the protection of the two-thirds and the balanced working forest model here in Snohomish County.
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