Patch asked each candidate on the ballot in the election for Port Washington Water District commissioner the following: Why are you running for water commissioner? What do you see as the issues that need addressing?
What makes you uniquely qualified for the position? What would be your top priority as water commissioner? Here is Alan Elton's response:
In response to the four questions asked by the Patch.
I, Alan Elton, am running for Water Commissioner here in Port Washington to bring an independent, fresh view to the position. I do not have an outside work relationship with the other P.W. Water Commissioners, something Ms. Germain and Mr. Brackett cannot say. I find this very troubling, and don’t believe that they should have put themselves in this situation.
The District needs to remain on top of water quality, while keeping costs in check. The increasing outside pressures on the aquifer to supply growing demand as well as the proposed increase in housing development in the District will be a cause for review. The complaint I have heard most often while campaigning concerns back flow devises and their inspection. People also question the quality of their drinking water. I would like to address these issues upon being elected.
I am uniquely qualified to be a P.W.W.D. Commissioner because of my 23 years as a successful remodeling contractor here in Port. From project management, writing and reviewing contracts, and working with other local contractors, I have acquired an unmatched level of expertise and knowledge that will be seamlessly applied while working with the two other commissioners.
The top priority of a Commissioner should be the quality of our water today and for tomorrow while containing the costs of bringing clean water to you while protecting the supply that our aquifer provides.
Editor's note: Special district elections in Port Washington take place Tuesday from 12-9 p.m. at the Polish American Cultural Association.