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Cowlitz County Commissioner
District 1
 Accountability   Responsibility
Arne Mortensen
   phone:  360-562-0471
“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” 

-Thomas Jefferson

What Commissioners should NOT do:

  • Let departments drive the demand for resources 

  • Let specific interests drive the consumption of resources

  • Initiate programs without verifiable overwhelming public buy in

  • Search for ways to take more money from you via taxes, fees, and any non-voluntary method

  • Accede to bureaucratic demands/mandates that infringe on property rights

  • Interpret that minimal public feedback means acceptance by the public

What I will do as your commissioner:

  • MANAGE the departments

    • as if it were my own money

    • recognize that ALL of the people are my customers

  • REJECT new regulations, new fees, new revenue streams without a mandate from  the people

  • DEFEND individual liberty and property rights

  • MANAGE to a budget and proper priorities

  • IMPROVE visibility into the workings of the administration

  • HIGHLIGHT all issues of consequence and eliminate hidden agendas

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