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As Chelan County Commissioner I will...

Listen, engage, and respect all.

Work together with local businesses and groups to bring in new ideas and opportunities.

Strengthen partnerships to benefit our vibrant community.

Focus on thoughtful growth for housing and jobs that work for everyone - while protecting our cherished lands.


Community

I am able to work with people of differing viewpoints and bring them to shared solutions.  My skills working with people from all walks of life will help me to address some of the county’s most pressing problems, ranging from housing affordability, to transportation efficiency, to community wildfire preparedness.

I have worked with county commissioners for the bulk of my career.  I have a good handle on what the job requires; have spent the past year attending meetings, workshops and presentations to educate myself more about local issues.  I really don’t view myself as a politician. I believe in the importance of community service, like many of you.

I will build upon the previous work of our county commission to have a fiscally responsible government that serves our citizens well. Chelan County has a dedicated and engaged staff and we need to support them in doing what they do best — serving the citizens of our county.

We are always better together! 


EXPERIENCE

I have the experience you need in a Commissioner.

As the past Executive Director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and my decade of service with the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, I was able to find common ground among unlikely partners to develop action-oriented, successful approaches to address some of our county’s challenging natural resource issues.  My experience includes:

Executive Director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (2007 – 2016)

During my tenure as Executive Director, the Land Trust’s annual budget grew six-fold, from $100,000 to $600,000 and membership increased seven-fold, from 200 to 1,400.  I led a capital campaign that raised $8.7 Million to protect the Wenatchee Foothills, managed federal, state and local grants, worked directly with County Commissioners from Chelan and Douglas counties, facilitated cooperative agreements between non-profits, businesses, and local and state governments. Perhaps most importantly, I secured national accreditation establishing the Chelan Douglas Land Trust as a financially, socially, and ethically responsible organization—one of the first 10% of land trusts in the nation to win that designation.

Eastern Washington Coordinator, Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office (1998-2007)

As the Coordinator I was the primary liaison for Governor Locke and Governor Gregoire to Eastern Washington County Commissions for natural resource issues, with emphasis on salmon and steelhead, then just listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. I worked with cities, counties, irrigation districts, and watershed planning groups to establish common ground on this divisive issue.

Facilitator, Mid-Columbia Public Utility Districts (1995-1998)

I facilitated a 50-year settlement agreement for Chelan, Douglas, and Grant PUDs to compensate for salmon and steelhead killed in the five PUD dams (Wells, Rocky Reach, Rock Island, Wanapum, and Priest Rapids).  This settlement included the construction of 12 new fish hatchery facilities and the allocation of over $100 Million for protection and restoration of habitat in the Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan rivers.  This involved working with state and federal agencies, tribes and environmental non-profits to develop a consensus-based approach.

Eastern Washington Biologist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (1985-1995)

I was the lead biologist of a 38-member team that monitored the survival and productivity of salmon in Eastern Washington streams, ranging from Asotin Creek to the Okanogan River.


LEADERSHIP

My leadership skills are well-recognized.  I have been elected to the following LOCAL leadership positions:

  • President - Wenatchee Valley College Agriculture Advisory Committee

  • President - The Icicle Fund

  • President - The Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (IRIS)

  • President - Greater Wenatchee Bicycle Advisory Board

  • Chairman – The Tributary Fund

  • Chairman – Upper Columbia Regional Technical Team

  • Chelan County Precinct Committee Officer, 2004 and 2008

I have been elected to the following STATE leadership positions:

  • Governor’s Appointee - Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board

  • President - Washington Association of Land Trusts

  • Board Member - Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition

  • Member - Washington State Payment in Lieu of Taxes Reform Coalition

We are always better together!


Education

Leadership Fellow, Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program, Class XI.

Masters of Science in Fisheries Resources, University of Idaho

Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology, Washington State University


VOLUNTEER

I have been an active volunteer in our local community for many years.

  • Member - Wenatchee Downtown Rotary

  • Board Member - Wenatchee Valley TREAD

  • Member - Wenatchee Public Library Capital Campaign Committee

  • Co-Founder - Climate Conversations of NCW

  • Co-Founder - NCW Forest Health Collaborative

  • LINK Transit Strategy Partner

  • Chelan PUD Strategy Partner

  • Wenatchee Valley College Agriculture Advisory Committee

  • The Icicle Fund

  • The Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (IRIS)

  • Greater Wenatchee Bicycle Advisory Board

  • Chelan County Precinct Committee Officer, 2004 and 2008

  • Past Board Member - Greater Wenatchee Habitat For Humanity

  • Former Member - Wenatchee High School Band Boosters

  • Former Head Coach - Newbery Elementary Soccer Team

  • Volunteer Ambulance Driver - Waitsburg Fire Department

We are always better together!


FAMILY

I was  raised with strong family values – hard work, honesty, your word is your bond, always lend a helping hand, and your name and your reputation are your most prized possessions.  My father started his own small manufacturing company which he grew from two employees to over 200. It would have been easy to join the family business, but I chose to follow my passion and study Wildlife Biology at W.S.U.  It was there I met my wife, Carolyn, and we charted our course together.

Carolyn and I first moved to Wenatchee in 1980.  We both fell in love with the Valley and while our jobs and my Master’s degree in Fisheries Biology took us to many Eastern Washington communities, we committed to return to the Wenatchee Valley. That opportunity arose in 1990.  We moved from Waitsburg, a town of 1,000 people in Eastern Washington, to Wenatchee.  

Carolyn and I have been married for almost 40 years.  We raised our three sons in Wenatchee and have lived in the same house in the Number 1 Canyon for 27 years.   All three of our sons graduated from Wenatchee High School and both of us were active parent volunteers – in the classroom with math and science enrichment (Carolyn), as a parent representative on the schools’ Learning Improvement Teams (Carolyn), as a soccer coach (Bob) and as Band Boosters (Bob and Carolyn).  We both believe strongly in the importance of education.  

Carolyn has worked over 20 years for the Wenatchee School District where she wrote grants that brought $12 million in additional funding to the school district for programs that increased the academic success of low-income and minority students.  She designed and is now managing after-school programs at seven schools in the Wenatchee School District. Her work with the Wenatchee School District resulted in her being selected as the 2017 Washington State Classified Employee of the Year

Together, Carolyn and I have dedicated both our work and volunteer time to preserving what we love about the Valley and are committed to working toward better futures, for all.

We are always better together!


INDEPENDENT 

I feel equally at home with the moderate members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, and encourage dialogue (and compromise) among the two major parties, as that is the only way we can address our common problems at the local, state, and national levels.  Extremism on both sides should be tolerated, but not encouraged – it can derail thoughtful problem solving by the majority of our citizens.

The five principles of the Independent Party make great sense to me:

  1. Put the public interest ahead of any partisan or special interest.

  2. Use common sense and find common ground to solve problems.

  3. Stand for the timeless values of opportunity, equality, and stewardship.

  4. Champion competition, transparency, and accountability in politics.

  5. Believe in the shared responsibility of civic engagement.

We are always better together!

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 The Bugert Family: Carolyn, Bob, Tom, Bill, and Alex.

The Bugert Family: Carolyn, Bob, Tom, Bill, and Alex.