Each day over the coming week, except for Monday, The News-Review will feature a profile of one of the candidates for Douglas County commissioner in a question-and-answer format.
The order of presentation is based on who responded most quickly to our emailed questions. Based on that, we’re starting with candidate Tom Kress in today’s paper.
There are currently seven people actively running for county commissioner. An eighth, Dan Loomis, will appear on the ballot, but he has announced he’s dropping out and has endorsed Kress.
Name: Tom Kress
Q: In 25 words or less, why do you want to be a county commissioner?
A: We are on the verge of a financial crisis. My skill set is the perfect fit for commissioner. I have the experience to make a difference.
Q: In 25 words or less, what do you believe makes you more qualified than the other candidates for this position?
A: No one else has the combination of business ownership and management, an accounting degree, 50 years of living here, and raising a successful family.
Q: Please list your most relevant business and/or military service experience:
A: 17 years co-owner of Kress-Backen Auto Supply, Financial Director for Carquest Corporation, 15 years co-owner of Waldron’s Outdoor Sports, and my accounting degree.
Q: What government committees do you currently serve on?
Q: Please list any college degrees you have obtained, including the name of the college and the primary subject of your study:
A: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting. With Honors (Cum Laude). University of Oregon. 1984.
Q: How long have you lived in Douglas County?
A: 54 of my 55 years
Q: Where did you grow up (city and state)?
A: Roseburg, Oregon
Q: In 25 words or less, describe what you love most about Douglas County:
A: The people, the outdoors, recreation. I love being able to make a living and raising a family in a place as amazing as Douglas County.
Q: In 25 words or less, describe the county government’s biggest challenge:
A: Finding a solution to the budget crisis. The county is overspending by $20 million per year. $60 million is left in reserves.
Q: Do you support a public safety levy?
A: I support allowing the voters to decide whether to tax themselves to preserve public safety. Public safety is the most important service the county provides.
Q: Name one thing you would do to increase income to the county government:
A: County government requires timber revenue. With me in office, our excellent local efforts can continue uninterrupted to get promised O&C revenue from the federal government.
Q: Name one thing you would cut, if you had to, to reduce the county budget:
A: Any budget as large as ours has inefficiencies. I want to find them and consider privatizing other services. I would prioritize the sheriff’s office budget.
Q: In 25 words or less, what do you most want the voters to know about you?
A: My experience is the difference. My resumé fits the job description perfectly. My campaign proves how hard I will work for the county. Vote Kress.