1) Why are you running for this position?
Peach: I am running for county commissioner because I can apply my business and leadership skills to address issues including property rights, business retention and fiscal responsibility.
2) What personal qualities do you possess that recommend you for this position?
Peach: My strengths include the ability to engage, focus and deliver results.
3) How would you balance the needs of West End residents with needs of the rest of Clallam County?
Peach: The fundamental difference between me and the incumbent is, he supports values from outside the county which result in direct loss of property rights and economic growth. I have the opposite view.
4) What would you do to foster economic growth in the West End?
Peach: I have 26 years of meaningful experience in private industry and have been president of the Clallam County Economic Development Council. I live in the West End and recognize our strengths, which include natural resources and the values of the people. I support job retention, reducing the cost of implementing regulations and protection of property rights. I see excellent potential for renewal energy and have experience in business development including construction of a greenfield plant.
5) Do you side with Clallam County Public Utility District on rejecting the draft watershed plan for West End Watershed Resource Inventory Area 19? Explain.
Peach: Yes. The plan ignores the authority of the intergovernmental agencies to manage the process, which includes the PUD. The Clallam County commissioners tasked the incumbent with responsibility for WRIA 19. His failure to provide leadership has resulted in use of $750,000 in taxpayer dollars to develop a plan that can not be adopted by the county commissioners because it does not comply with the law.
6) Where would you cut if you must cut the county budget?
Peach: The county has drawn on reserves for two years and must do so again this year. At the rate of drawing down the $11 million reserve at $2 million yearly, Clallam County will experience financial crisis after four years. I support job retention. The budget question is not what to cut, but what to grow. It is time to collect taxes that were not paid years ago that resulted in county timberland ownership.
7) How much emphasis should the county put into addressing climate change?
Peach: Bill Gates in his book, Business at the Speed of Thought, responded to the question about the future of the Internet with the statement that we will overestimate the short term and underestimate the long term. I drive a diesel car. It was a personal choice. I have no right, nor does the county, to impose values. The role of the county commissioner is to represent values.
8) Why should voters choose you over your opponent?
Peach: The choice is to vote for a county commissioner who will either support the values of people who live in Clallam County or support the values of the people of Clallam County. I support the values of Clallam County.
As I remember the 2010 primary, Peach was able to come across as the calmer, more mature of the two Republican candidates, simply because Robin Poole was so over the top angry every time he appeared in public. Peach will not have that favorable contrast going for him this time. (And remember: Poole came out ahead in the primary, so angry obviously plays well with local Republicans.)
Also, for context, in the 2010 primary guide, Peach's answers were generally much shorter than Doherty's, and even Poole's. Note the xenophobic, us-vs.-them thar outsiders tone he strikes repeatedly, and the (sometimes confusing) harping on "values" over actual, tangible details involved with being a County Commissioner. And note, of course, the regular invocations of "property rights," a standard far-right must-have item, which is really shorthand for getting rid of all rules and regulations that pertain to property, permits, etc.
And, given his squishy answers to the last two questions, I still would like Peach to explain the differences between "imposing values," "representing values" and "supporting values." Look for him to attack Sissi for being an "outsider," and for continued denials of climate change impacts. The debates should be very illuminating.