WENATCHEE, WA.- A former Chelan County employee hopes voters pick him to replace District Two Commissioner Keith Goehner. Lee Duncan has filed for the open District Two position. Duncan, a Utah native, previously worked in the County’s Natural Resources Department where he worked primarily on issues relating to water. Duncan describes himself as a fiscal conservative but is running as a non-partisan candidate. He’s a marijuana grower by profession and was among those who opposed the current board’s actions in regulating the industry. Duncan discusses his campaign in a recent interview with NCWLIFE News Director, Steve Hair . . .
Lee Duncan Candidacy News Release:
I moved my family to the Wenatchee Valley over 12 years ago to work for the Chelan County Natural Resource Department. For almost a decade I worked on bringing stakeholders together to find common ground for improving and managing local water resources. With so many competing interests for water this was not an easy task. I had to take into consideration the diverse needs and interests we have in our community and facilitate the communication between all the stakeholders. In doing so we were always able to come to consensus on how best to manage and improve our local resources. I successfully secured funding for irrigation improvement and efficiency projects, water storage projects, as well as stream restoration and salmon recovery efforts. Once funded, I managed millions of dollars in grants, oversaw project implementation and educated the public about our efforts.
Not only have I already worked for the citizens of Chelan County I have also worked and represented the employees of Chelan County. I was a Union representative for my department and represented county employees during Union negotiations as well as on dispute resolution committees. I am in the unique position of having inside knowledge of how the county functions, and doesn’t function, and how to bring the change that is needed! My guess is no other candidate will be able to say this.
My fiancé and I are raising 5 children in this community and I must make sure they have every opportunity possible as they grow and become the leaders of tomorrow. That’s why I am excited about bringing my skills and expertise back to the County as District Two Commissioner!