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.
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.
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.