On December 29, 2008 he married
his beautiful bride, Elena, from Vladivostok, Russia! He and Elena
have six beautiful daughters,
two Granddaughters and three Grandsons and another on the way! He considers himself blessed
to have twin daughters! Three of their daughters live in Canby,
Oregon; one in Portland, Oregon; one in Pleasanton, California; and one
in Vladivostok, Russia.
He prefers to be called Jim.
He has been a working man all his life and served as a Trustee for the
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Local
1432 in the mid seventies. He has had a lifelong faith in, and
commitment to, working people and the United States of America. He
is a Viet Nam Veteran and served six years in the US Naval
Reserve, serving one tour of duty in the Western Pacific and Gulf of Ton Kin
aboard the Navy Destroyer USS Orleck, DD886. Jim has a deep and
abiding faith and believes it to be his duty to serve his country and
the God of his understanding through an active ministry in his Church
and many community service activities.
Because Molalla is suffering from a financial crisis subsequent to a
crisis in leadership. Leaders must initiate
policies and solutions rather than waiting for staff - they must be
proactive rather than reactive and cannot lead from behind.
Because we are facing unprecedented challenges which require
unprecedented solutions - we cannot keep doing the same things
with the same people expecting different results, for we know that is
the embodiment of insanity.
> He believes that divisiveness is a malignancy in our country and
understands it is up to the Mayor to foster cooperation and consensus,
so he is committed to doing everything in his power to engage and
collaborate with all community stakeholders to ensure they are
provided the information they need to make informed decisions.
Because Jim, as he prefers to be called, has established a record of innovative proposals
which have gained broad recognition!
Because Jim is proud that he has had the courage to persevere
in spite of those who have sought to discourage, disparage, and
> Because he believes that government should be of, by, and for the
People - they are the source and center of all government resources.
> His politics are conservative but he remains committed to the following:
- Restoring trust in
- Reducing taxes and
ensuring competent, cost-effective, professional city services.
- Promoting strong and
- Protecting those who are
- Preserving cost-effective
and energy-efficient local commerce.
- Providing family wage jobs
for everyone who wants work.
- Promoting the democratic
principals our nation was founded upon.
- Engaging stakeholders in
- Ensuring that all decision
making will reside in an informed constituency.
- Belief in telling people
what they need to hear rather than what is convenient.
slogan pretty well encapsulates his beliefs:
back in our Community!"