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We Have a Write-In Candidate For The Upcoming Special Election

By Staff | May 8, 2015

Submitted The Longie family: (clockwise) daughter Amanda, son Trevor, wife Shawna and Chuck.

Chuck Longie has stepped forward to present himself as a write-in candidate for the vacated Ward 4 seat. The seat became vacant by the resignation of Craig Zachmeier. The special election for that seat will be on June 9th.

Chuck made himself available to The Pierce County Tribune to for a Q&A about his candidacy.

Q: Chuck, why run?

A: I want to be part of the solution. I have a great desire to help the City of Rugby move forward. Before I decided to run, I spoke with my family, I spoke with my employer, Gooseneck, and I looked within myself. The one thing I didn’t want to do is be elected, but then not be available for committee meetings, council meetings or any other responsibility that goes with being a council person. I understand that even though this is a part-time position, it is a full time responsibility and honor. In addition, I had fellow neighbors in Ward 4 ask me if I was going to run and supported me doing so. Taking all that into consideration, my desire to serve Ward 4 and the city of Rugby as a whole, running for the vacant seat became the only option.

Q: Do you see any pressing needs that the City of Rugby has?

A: There are always needs that someone can point out, like infrastructure, job growth, and lower taxes. The one thing I do not want to do is make promises or point fingers before I understand the whole picture is. That would not be fair to anyone. If I was elected, I would want to work with the council and look how we can make things better for the city. I would use my management strengths and hopefully make positive suggestions about how we can create a better synergy between all the city departments. I have a lot to learn, but I can make this promise, I have the desire to learn what I have to and will always work towards making my Ward and the City of Rugby the best place to live.

Q: What do you think the function of city government is?

A: First and foremost to be transparent! Any decision we meet on, discuss, and/or make needs to be open and in the full light of a deserving public. Then I believe that an elected person has to be accessible. Their Ward and the citizens of Rugby need to be able to talk to them anytime to discuss any problem. They need to know you are there for them. Equally important is to be a great steward of tax-payer’s money. Before any money is budgeted or spent it needs to be determined if this is the best use of tax-payers money. That we are getting the biggest bang for the buck. If I am elected, every time I sit at the council table, I will make sure tax-payers of Rugby will be sitting right with me in spirit.

Q: Any final comments?

A: I have a lot to learn, but I am willing and able to put the time in to be an effective Council person for my Ward and the City. I can’t wait to get started, if I am lucky enough to get elected.

We thank Chuck for taking time and understanding the importance of making the public aware of how he plans to serve them. If there are any more write-in candidates please stop in to The Tribune for a chat. An informed public is an engaged public.

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