The Yakima Herald-Republic endorsement, October 22nd, 2017

Gonzalez, Funk and Hill for Yakima City Council

http://www.yakimaherald.com/opinion/editorials/gonzalez-funk-and-hill-for-yakima-city-council/article_8850a98e-b5c8-11e7-892c-53893af94118.html

Other Links to Information about the District 4 Race:

Yakima Herald-Republic print and video interviews:

http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/elections/yakima_city_council/meet-the-candidates-yakima-city-council-district/article_721cb4ee-652a-11e7-94e6-1bca48393a4e.html

Online Voters Pamphlet:

http://www.co.yakima.wa.us/1902/City-of-Yakima

Yakima Herald-Republic editorial on August 1st Primary results:

http://www.yakimaherald.com/opinion/editorials/city-council-races-bring-some-curious-storylines/article_f8c38e7e-7b8b-11e7-9601-0751c56a0c8f.htm

About the Candidate

Our family has lived in District 4 for 34 years. I grew up in California, went to medical school in Colorado and finished my training as a Family Physician in Michigan. We moved to Yakima in 1983, where I worked at the Yakama Nation Health Clinic for 5 years. There I learned a lot about families, the high risk environment for youth, and the public health and infrastructure problems in the Lower Valley. After that, my husband, Mike Collins, and I owned and operated a medical office for 25 years, retiring in December, 2015.


Meeting with One America Votes

Our Family

We have twin boys who graduated from Davis High School in 2002, where they played football and basketball with Josh Williams and Taylor Stubblefield, with Shag Williams coaching. They were both National Merit Scholars and Yakima Rotary Scholars. James Collins graduated from University of Washington and UW Law School. He works as an Assistant Attorney General in Guam, mostly prosecuting drug and weapons crimes. Donovan Collins graduated from Stanford and MIT in Chemical Engineering. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a 2 yr old son.

 

Three generations of Collinses campaigning. Thanks to Sarah Park for the T-shirts.

Facts Matter

Working in medicine taught me rigid adherence to science, truth, and dependability. When we ignore facts, bad things happen. If we fail to meet commitments, trust is damaged and organizations can’t work effectively. “Framing” facts and campaign promises are as old as politics. But this last year has been disturbing because truth and consistent position no longer seem to matter. In religion, our first principle of fairness is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. In government, we have "a government of laws, not of men". No one is above the law and we cannot function as a society if we cannot distinguish personal preferences from facts.

Governing Matters

In recent years, contempt for “professional politicians” and the function of government has become fashionable. Government is sometimes done badly, but to disrespect everything that government does destroys services that we need. In Yakima we now have a good Prosecuting Attorney, a good Police Chief, and a Good City Manager. Each of the City service departments has its own professional staff with their own expertise. Intrusive micromanagement by the City Council is not the best way improve those services, but prudent, evidence-based oversight and positive attention to good results is the path to steady improvement.

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