The Daily World is running a question and answer series with the candidates for Aberdeen City Council.
Ward 3 encompasses the annexed areas around Lake Aberdeen, as well as the area that stretches north from 1st and 2nd streets to Shamrock Drive and Stewart Creek. It features Aberdeen’s historic areas as well as commercial and residential properties. Tim Alstrom is running unopposed.
Tim D. Alstrom
Previous Experience in Government, Community Organizations or Leadership:
In the past I have been involved with the Washington Army National Guard, Aberdeen Active Club / Sunshine Kids, Robert Gray Elementary PTO, Aberdeen Citizens for Schools, Amazing Grace Church Council. In past years I have served as President of Robert Gray PTO and Aberdeen Active Club. I have served as chairman of the Aberdeen City Council Finance and Public Works committees.
What about your personality and character make you a good fit for Aberdeen’s City Council?
I believe I do a good job of researching the issues we as Council members must decide on. I listen to what citizens, City staff, and other Council members have to say about the issues before making a decision. Despite any disagreements on issues, I always try to treat others with respect.
The pay isn’t great, the hours are long and the learning curve is steep, so why do you want this job?
It is enjoyable to work on complex issues with many fine people to reach a common goal that we all have, which is doing what’s best for the citizens of Aberdeen. Aberdeen has been a wonderful place for my wife and I to live, work and raise our kids. We as citizens enjoy the benefits of decisions made years ago by our leaders, and I feel we have a responsibility to look long term in our decisions for those who follow us.
Ward 3 encompasses the annexed areas around Lake Aberdeen, and an area between Geisler Rd. and the Wynoochee River, as well as the area that stretches north from 1st and 2nd streets to Shamrock Drive and Stewart Creek. It features Aberdeen’s historic areas as well as commercial and residential properties. What issues, particular to Ward 3, concern you most?
Issues that I hear from residences in Ward 3 are of street maintenance, crime /drugs, and traffic concerns.
The condition and economic health of downtown has been a concern for years. What would you do as a City Council member to improve things?
The first thing that I can do as a City Council member for the downtown is to shop there. Long term we have to develop strategies for creating an environment for private business to flourish there. We as a Council must continue to work with citizens group on downtown issues.