October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:30 PM
1. Name: Cheryl Pflug
2. Age: 43
3. Political party affiliation: Republican
4. Occupation: Mother, RN, state representative
5. Family members: married 20 years to Bryan Pflug, children
ages 8,11,13 and 15
6. Why are you running for office? I want to protect the
unique community character and quality of life which we enjoy in this area. I
believe that the decisions made in Olympia have a real impact on our
ability to do that.
7. What are the issues that the constituents in your area would
like you to address? Education, property taxes,
traffic congestion, environmental responsibility, government reform.
8. How would you address those issues? Education:
Stay the course on higher standards and accountability, provide needed
resources and local flexibility to allow schools to meet standards, provide
regional housing allowances to allow schools to pay competitive wages and
reward excellence and dedication with merit pay.
Property Taxes: We should phase out the state portion of the
property tax and tighten the "emergency" loophole by requiring a public vote
to approve local property tax increases that are in excess of the Ref. 47
limit. Transportation: 1) The Legislature must develop an effective plan to
provide long-term congestion relief via an integrated network of locally
appropriate solutions that support our lifestyles. This must include
increased road capacity in areas like ours where infrastructure is lacking. Transit
may be useful in the more dense urban areas but should be safe, convenient,
and fast. 2) The state portion of sales tax from automobiles and
auto-related sales should be dedicated to transportation. 3) The Legislature must put
accountability measures in place to gain public confidence that their
money will be wisely spent. Environmental responsibility:
We need science-based programs and regulations to
preserve our environment for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
Government Reform: 1) Competitive
bidding for appropriate state services: Eliminating the legal barriers to
contracting out services would reduce costs by increasing fair competition. 2)
Zero-based budgeting: Requiring agencies to build budgets from the ground
up, having to justify each expense, would eliminate unnecessary spending.
3) Performance audits and sunset laws: Granting the state auditor the
authority to conduct performance audits would identify waste and
inefficiencies in state government. Strengthening our sunset laws would allow us
to eliminate waste and inefficiency. 4) Civil service
reform: Giving agency directors more flexibility in
recognizing exemplary state workers and removing arcane rules which
inhibit optimal personnel management techniques would increase productivity.
5) Regulatory reform: Restraining overzealous agencies by narrowly
restricting their rule-making authority would reduce unnecessary and
9. In the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as throughout the
Puget Sound region, growth is a major concern of many residents. Is
the state Growth Management Act effective in helping local
governments make smart decisions about development? Should it be
changed? How should it be changed? I don't think it needs to be changed so
much as complied with. However, the state should adopt water and
transportation policies that make it possible for
local government to support their comprehensive plans.
10. What can state legislators do to address concerns about
protecting salmon and salmon habitat? The legislature has created and
funded the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to fund habitat preservation
projects, but the governor has repeatedly vetoed attempts to define habitat goals.
Goals must be set in order to prioritize projects and maintain the
accountability of public resources.
11. Water is becoming scarcer as more people move into the
area. One example of that is the North Fork of the Issaquah Creek
drying up this summer. What can be done to protect our water resources?
We need to move toward a regionalized water system which includes
increased storage of seasonal excess to provide water for domestic use and
in-stream flow maintenance in the dry(er) season. New technologies, such as
permeable road surfaces, which minimize runoff and promote recharging
of aquifers, are under development. Additional infrastructure to allow
treatment and re-use for industrial applications should be investigated
and planned for.
12. Lastly, why should a voter cast his or her ballot for you?
I have kept my election promises. I make it my priority to stay informed
about, and connected to, all of our communities, to be accessible to every
citizen, and to keep my legislative agenda focused on the concerns of our
district. I am an effective advocate for the people I am privileged to represent.