Alderwood Water District Commissioner, District 3,
Election Date: November 1, 2005
Term: 6 years
About the Candidate:
Larey McLaren was elected as the Water District Commissioner in Alderwood, Washington. He served 2 years 9 months on active duty in the US Army. Eighteen weeks of T-School at Ft. Eustis, VA was followed by nearly a year in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He returned to Ft. Lewis, WA with the 9th Infantry Division before serving one year in the Army Reserve with the 92nd Aviation Company at Paine Field in Everett, WA.
Larey was certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) by the American Production & Inventory Control Society in 1984 and held various challenging positions. He made a career change in 2002 to pursue a life-long dream. He recently graduated from Edmonds Community College with an Associate of Technical Arts degree in Construction Management and is self-employed as a consultant. He also has an AA in General Studies from Bellevue CC.
He was appointed to fill a new position on the Alderwood Water District Board of Commissioners and served with distinction from Jan 1999 to Dec 2001. During his term, Larey earned a reputation as a thorough investigator, a tenacious negotiator and a principled advocate for ratepayers. He was instrumental in expanding the scope of the 1999 Sewer Comprehensive Plan review and he spearheaded Alderwood participation in the Sno-King group, an organization dedicated to advocacy and lobbying interests specific to local water resource purveyors. He also championed the formation of the Alderwood Ratepayer Advisory Group. He is a member of the American Waterworks Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and an associate member of the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts (WASWD).
As the Water District Commissioner, McLaren believes that district business ought to be transparent and that rates ought to be reasonable and competitive. He aims to bridge the gap between ratepayers’ priorities and the District’s resources. His priorities and policy initiatives are listed on his website, http://www.electlarey.org/