Prioritizing the needs of the community before special interests | Marie Baker
(Published by the Reno Gazette Journal - October 11,2020)
My name is Marie Baker. I am a lifelong resident of Northern Nevada, born and raised right here in the Reno-Sparks area. I am a small business owner with a strong background in customer service, and I’m a licensed insurance broker partnered with another local insurance agency. I am running for Washoe County commissioner because the type of growth and development that has been approved for Washoe County. I would like the opportunity to make our community a better place for all our residents, I want people to feel like their voice matters and that they can go to their elected officials for solutions.
I strongly believe that elected officials should put the needs of the community above that of special interests.
Washoe County must stop approving developments in flood zones! If our fellow community members are still sitting in flood waters from three years ago, why would the commissioners turn around reverse a building moratorium in the same area where it had previously flooded? This is not safe, secure or healthy for the community members. Stop passing the high cost of bad decisions onto the public; aside from opening the county to be sued over flood zone housing, they cost us an extra $11 million in interest on the lawsuit caused by overtaxing the residents in Tahoe. I would think that if developers can throw money at campaigns, they would have enough money to help pay for streetlights, schools, firehouses and expanding our roadways.
My opponent says we collect fees from the sale of every new home to go toward a fund to cover all these things, but who pays the wages of the employees that fill those jobs? Do we really take in enough taxes on new development to sustain the expansion long-term?
My opponent has two substantiated claims of sexual harassment against a Washoe County employee. That is neither a safe or secure environment. As if that weren’t bad enough, he expected the employee to go to him with any concerns and said he would mentor the employee how to do their job better. As an elected official he should know better and that his behavior created a hostile environment in which the employee clearly didn’t feel safe enough to go to him. If he had been on the school board he would have already been removed for this alone and yet because it slipped through the cracks, he still sits on the County Commission.
“Washoe County will be the social economic and policy leadership force in Nevada and the western United States.”
“Working together regionally to provide and sustain a safe, secure and healthy community.”
These are the words displayed on the wall of the Washoe County Commission board room. We need leaders who will stay true this mission. We need leaders that are transparent and respectful with the public, leaders that will put the community above special interests.
Transparency is the cornerstone of trust and every action I take will be ethical, transparent and for the community’s best interest.