Dendra Best – new candidate
Married to ‘Corkey’ Vern Best & Village Resident for 33 years.
Employment: Executive Director
WasteWaterEducation.org (12 years)
Owner: deertracks.com Inc.
Internet & Graphic Design and Marketing.
* Grant writing. $170K+ for Bear Lake Twp. Fire Dept.
* Prior successful grants on behalf of the Village
* Organization Management
* Fund Accounting and Budget Preparation
* Community Consensus Building
Education: Honors Degree. University of Sheffield. UK
Why I am running for Village Clerk:
Because I’ve lived here all my married life and visited relatives here since 1972.
Far too many families here are struggling financially through lost jobs, health issues. Our family is no different. Many of us are living on a fixed income. We have no reserves to draw from.
Decisions made by the Village Council need to be mindful of residents ability to pay more.
18% of our residents are at the poverty level of income. (US Census.gov)
I have seen the average age of residents increase without a corresponding increase in services to make the Village a great place to retire and stay in our own homes.
I have seen the number of young families with school age children struggle and the number of empty homes increase. We need to enact programs to fill our vacant homes.
Without a thriving population, those left will be unable to fund basic Village services such as the water system. We need to think smarter and be more open minded.
I see a persistent animosity toward young people. We need to actively encourage them to invest in making this a friendly, civil place to live, stay, find jobs, raise families.
The Village Clerk is in effect the Village Manager – the person who manages day to day business, knows State Law and regulations governing General Law Villages, and researches and submits additional funding opportunities. This may be a non voting position but it’s key to assisting the groups working to revitalize life in Bear Lake.
I believe passionately in open government and transparency, sharing all information with residents and actively seeking out their opinions. Elected officials serve on behalf of the Village residents who put them in office. Those who pay taxes should expect to hold local government accountable for the decisions made.
The Village Council’s responsibility is to make decisions which keep this a community-centered place to live, raise a family and care about all our neighbors.
[information provided by Dendra Best acting as her own Candidate Committee]