Island County Commissioner
“As a retired Navy Combat Aircrewman, corporate businessman, and involved citizen, I am running for Commissioner to bring the people’s perspective back to Island County. To be that buffer between BIG Government and us. To push back when the narrative does not fit our county!"
- Tim Hazelo
Island County Commissioner District 3 encompasses North Whidbey and Camano Island.
Questions from Peggy Wendel Stanwood Camano News
Why are you running for Island County commissioner?
To keep Island County, ours, to not let us turn into the disaster that is WA states big cities and counties. Someone has to be willing to stand up for our beliefs, our way of life. What Seattle or Olympia thinks is good for them is not necessarily good for us! We need a buffer that can question the rules, regulations, and mandates from above and let us, the people from Island County decide how and if we want to implement them based on how we live our lives and run our communities. The state of WA constitution is even stronger and more deliberate in the preservation of our liberties and freedoms than the federal constitution. So I will volunteer to be that buffer, I will stand strong in that gap and be your voice pushing back when it’s needed. I tell people “we may not always have the same idea of how to get to the goal but I believe all our goals are for a stronger, more self-governing, safe, self-sustaining, and prosperous Island County”.
What is your background and experience that would serve you well as commissioner?
I have always worked well with others regardless of the stress. In the military when on a ship in the I/O, flying a combat mission over sea’s or confined to a small C.O.P. (combat outpost) in Afghanistan you had to work well together, you had to solve problems and prepare for unknowns, there was no choice. Along with that I have been a licensed active money manager including federal and state certifications, I have been the CFO, President, and on the board of directors of a mid-level corporation in Kent WA. I helped this company stay solvent during the 2007 recession and put it in a position to prosper in the rebound. So I am a good steward of other people’s money. I’ve run my own business; I’ve been the country manager for a large government contractor in Afghanistan during wartime operations. So combining that with my military experience I am a good leader and manager. I have been married to the same woman since high school through good times and bad. I basically have a doctorate in the realities of life and that is what our county and our government needs most!
What specific things do you most want to accomplish?
This is probably one of the best questions to ask a person, be it a candidate or a voter who wants what’s best. For me, it’s not so much what I want to change as it is what I want to preserve and or regain. We are losing our rural charm and simple respect for one another. We need to be the people’s government again, we need people to feel like they are listened to and respected, that their opinions, wants and needs are going to be heard and considered. I get emails and calls all the time from people who feel like they have no voice! I am local, I am here, everyone knows who I am or is welcome to come to get to know me, and I do not hide anything. I live by a simple motto “I would rather you hate me for who I am than love me for a lie” you can come to me from any side with any issue and I will listen to you. So what would I change? I would change the perception of us vs. the government, to we are all in this together! After all, we are
What do you see as Camano Island’s most pressing issues?
Cost of living: People who have been here their whole lives are being priced out by the urban sprawl of people who think they want our way of life but then try to change us into King County like the current incumbent! We have to find a way of being welcoming but firm in our way of life. In doing so take care of those who have called Island County home for most of their lives.
Camano also suffers from a lack of representation and access. We can discuss both in detail later but an example is the lack of law enforcement and the lack of availability to county resources. We need more law enforcement and we need to use the county annex to provide Camano with the resources they need without a 2hr drive.
Speaking of drive when was the last time you tried to get on and off Camano during traffic hrs? This can be fixed I have spent a lot of time on that road and know-how. We just need to get Island County and Snohomish County to work together to do it. I will be that conduit and together we will get the state to help.
What ideas do you bring to the table regarding affordable housing, homelessness, drug addiction?
I do believe that government has a role in this. After all, I believe government policy at some level has caused most of the problem. The scariest words to hear are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help!” The programs we have are obviously not working, they need to be revisited and reworked, watched and monitored at every level. We can’t do what government always does with our money letting a large percentage of it just disappear into the oblivion of government and then keep going back to the well for more. Like I said earlier throwing money at a problem without result is, well it’s insane and unfortunately government in modern America. They want us to feel good with what they do but it’s not about feel-good it's about doing good!
How should Island County protect public and private waterfront property from extreme weather and sea-level rise?
I am very interested in this subject so I could go on forever. So here is a short to the point answer knowing I could talk more about this with you if you would like. We are living during the latest interglacial period; Sea level has been rising since the last glaciations approximately 12000 years ago. There is no stopping it until the natural cycle turns back in the other direction. This is all predictable and natural and with modeling from the study of climate change going back 25000 years we can predict and plan accordingly. By predicting a rise of approx 3.3 feet of change over the next 100 years it seems prudent to use this rate as general guidance for coastal zone planning, we will, however, have to consult local experts for local variations in sea-level rise rates. But this is not new and not out of the ordinary in the geological history of our climate.