A Tale of Two Candidates

May 27, 2013 Memorial Day Vancouver, WA -  The wind howled and the rain came down in buckets at Vancouver’s Memorial Day ceremonies.   As usual there were a host of “dignitaries” at the event.   Some of these dignitaries were true heroes.   Veterans from World War II through Afghanistan and Gold Star families were present.    Then you had the likes of Vancouver’s former Mayor Royce Pollard sitting all nice and cozy with City Council candidate Galina Burley.  Tucked away safe and sound from the elements between Pollard and City Councilman Jack Burkman it was apparent that the status quo types have made their selection for favorite Council candidate for position 3.

Galina Burley (Left) with an apparently bored Royce Pollard (Center)

Meanwhile there was another City Council candidate standing off to the side keeping a silent vigil over the day’s proceedings.  Never moving, or jockeying for position with the status quo glitterati Frank Decker stood in the wind and driving rain holding the Stars and Stripes proudly as a member of the Washington State Patriot Guard Riders. 

Decker, a 15 year resident of Vancouver is an Air Force veteran, cancer survivor and former school teacher for the Evergreen School District has his Bachelors in Elementary Education from Central Washington University, Master of Science from Boise State University and Master of Educational Leadership from City University.

Frank Decker, candidate for Vancouver City Council Pos. 3

Decker now serves as the Executive Supervisor of Instructional Technology & Assessment, Centennial School District, Portland, Oregon.

After visiting Decker’s website it’s apparent that he is nothing like the status quo.

“I believe that sound economic principles, limited government, and respect for personal liberty are the key ingredients for an environment of job creation and improved quality of life. I will work toward policies that create a favorable business climate; focus on priority spending in budget planning; and stand for accountability, transparency, and citizens’ voices in government. My years of leadership experience as an educator, Air Force veteran, and a director of technology give me the ability to be a strong, effective leader for Vancouver. I pledge that my priority will be you, not any special interests.”

We are looking forward to watching Decker in the months to come in anticipation of Vancouver’s citizens having a clear cut choice for City Council Position 3.


13 comments for “A Tale of Two Candidates

  1. Ron Fitch
    May 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Should be an interesting campaign. Go Frank!

  2. May 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    If Mr. Decker wants to be of the city council as opposed to just saying that he does, one of the things one does to introduce yourself to the public is to do just that – introduce yourself. Rather than JUST hold the flag – off to the side. Start with the electeds and dignitaries as they are easy and used to strangers saying “hello” then introduce yourself to the Gold Star families then the veterans and their spouses and children. Let them know who you are and that you are running for city council. And don’t share you whole political platform, you want them to know who you are and remember your name.

    • Jeff Spencer
      May 28, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Pour Jim. What’s the matter? People aren’t playing by your rules? You really should investigate the mission of the Patriot Guard Riders before you start faulting them for doing their duty.
      You bring shame to your argument.

    • Rick Halle
      May 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Jim M., Your comment is rude and disrespectful to all those that have served this country. It’s obvious you care little about anyone but yourself. Frank stood there holding the flag which represents all that is great about this country in honor of all of those that have served this great country to keep it that way. That after all is what Memorial Day is all about. As a Patriot Guard Rider myself I suppose I am a bit biased but in my opinion Frank and all of the rest of the PGR deserve a lot more respect than that. (Although we prefer that respect be directed towards those we are standing for) The motto of PGR is “Standing for those who have stood for us” and Frank was doing just that which makes him a better man than anyone that would prefer to spend Memorial Day rubbing shoulders with other politicians. Not that you had my vote anyway but after an insensitive comment like that I doubt you will have the vote of anyone else now either.

    • karen raynor
      May 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Frank Decker was not there to campaign. Nor was it a publicity stunt. He was not there to rub shoulders with so called power players. He was there to pay his utmost respect to our war dead, veterans and soldiers. Period.

    • Allen
      June 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Wow Jim, you really are a rectum, aren’t you? If Mr. Decker wants advice, I’m sure he can ask for it. And what branch of service did you serve in?

  3. David
    May 28, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Yes, by all means rub shoulders with the political class. That’s how the public knows your eligible to be one of them.

    But to understand why, google “Century of the Self” and watch that important documentary. After all, a LITTLE bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing, right Jim M?

  4. May 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

    So, Molehill Moeller really got his slime on, didn’t he?

    Molehill, unlike Mr. Decker, you never gave enough of a damn about your country to ever serve it. That you would comment on this matter in such a way goes to the heart of the arrogance which has marked the scum of your despicable tenure.

    Here’s a clue, dillwad: THE most important “dignitaries” were not the stay-out-of-the-rain scum like you. Wearing out knee-pads to your fellow downtown mafia types might serve them, but it doesn’t serve the people, yet another area of representation you know nothing about.

    Congratulations: in my 25 years of involvement in the local political scene, you take the cake as the slimiest human being I have ever met.

    By all means, make sure you avoid any veteran issues or ceremonies in the future. Your presence serves to demean us.

  5. Scott Roberts
    May 28, 2013 at 7:58 am

    JUST hold the flag Jim? There is a time for talking, and a time for demonstrating American values. I suggest you do more of the latter.

  6. Jimmy
    May 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Impressive Mr. Decker. Campaign as you will, and certainly not as has been done.

  7. Lynda
    May 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

    It is unfathomable to think that someone running for office might attend a function to show respect and not to see and be seen. Of course, that would be a newfound experience in the world of politics. There is much ignorance out there in regard to these Patriot Riders. When they are invited to do a mission, they are there to do their jobs, not mingle. Once that flag line is set, all guardsman are at parade rest and exercising correct flag etiquette until they are ordered to present arms or until they exit the area. They go to protect the families, the service/memorial/ceremony, and to honor the fallen. Nothing more, nothing less. Why would anyone diss the service of these Patriots? My question to anyone doing so…. Why wouldn’t you WANT to go to a service such as this and not JUST fly a flag? Any patriot that I know would judge that to be quite an honor!

  8. Cerisse
    May 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    As a regular ol’ citizen, I’d rather see someone JUST holding the flag than JUST assuming that they’re a “dignitary” because they think they’re running for office. And us regular folk took notice at the difference and we’re the ones voting.

  9. Dick Sohn
    May 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Mr. Moeller – From the first moment I laid eyes on you I knew you were an arrogant, self absorbed, poor excuse for a man. You and Larry Smith must swim in the same murky gene pool. He couldn\’t even mention the Patriot Guard flag line even tough it spanned two sides of the field. The 49th and the city council both need an enema and I know where to stick the tube/s

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