Joe has earned our endorsement because of his commitment to service to our community in a variety of roles. Most recently Joe has served as the Chair of the City Ethics Board. In this position, he encountered a variety of challenging issues that required sensitive problem solving. Joe managed this role with tact.
Joe came to Bainbridge Island with a strong interest in protecting our natural environment and mitigating the impact of climate change. This propelled Joe to co-found the nonprofit organization Community Energy Solutions. He worked with Senator Phil Rockefeller, leading to the passage of the innovative community solar legislation, Senate Bill 6658. This law has enabled thousands of Washingtonians to go solar. To date, there are more than 60 community solar projects across the State, creating clean power and local jobs.
Joe worked with City Hall to install solar power, funded by a group of private citizens. This project is now profitable. He oversaw the installation of the solar project at Sakai Middle School, which was funded by donations and a grant.
Prior to his move to Bainbridge Island, Joe worked in finance and financial policy. This background gives him the skills to understand the complex financial issues facing our City today.
Finally, Quality Bainbridge strongly supports Joe’s five priorities.
1. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
2. CLIMATE CHANGE
3. PUBLIC TRUST IN GOVERNMENT
5. AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Delight Willing and Randal Samstag
For the Steering Committee of Quality Bainbridge