Candidate questionnaire: Vincent Shawver, Columbia Irrigation District

Name: Vincent Shawver

District: Columbia Irrigation District, Division 1

Why are you running?

I am a homeowner in the Belmont LID 64 in West Richland. Most of us did not want to be on CID irrigation and were happy with our city water. Nonetheless, we were forced into it and we fought it all the way to the state Supreme Court and in the end we lost. So I decided if I was going to be a CID patron I wanted to have a voice, so I ran and was elected three years ago. Cost of the irrigation and getting enough water to meet my needs were big concerns to me. The last three years I have been part of many accomplishments for the district with water delivery, keeping costs down, and fiscal responsibility. I would like to continue to represent district 1 and continue this work.

What is your experience?

I have been on the board for three years — one term. Since that time I have been part of many positive accomplishments for the district. We limited rate increases, eliminated the drainage fee, saved money on legal issues, created a smaller more efficient workforce, moved meetings from evenings to afternoons saving overtime costs, negotiated a fair and reasonable union contract, worked on employee relations issues, approved and prepared to begin building a new reservoir for water storage, and worked to keep water flowing through a difficult hot dry drought year.

If elected, what changes would you plan to make?

I plan to continue to strive making CID fiscally more responsible and delivering water more efficiently for as low a cost as possible. A couple of things I plan to work on to achieve these goals are finishing the reservoir and lining more of the canal.