I have spent decades in leadership roles in Curry County, both as an elected official with no pay and as a volunteer. I served on the Brookings-Harbor Port Commission for twelve years, and am currently a member of the Brookings-Harbor School Board, and I’m the President of the Cape Ferrelo Fire District Board, I’ve served in leadership roles at my church, and have always been involved in outreach for the poor and underserved. I am also on the board of the South Curry Healthcare Alliance, a group that has spent years laying the groundwork for a new critical access hospital in South County. As a Curry County Commissioner, I’m the contact person for multiple organizations and entities. I signed the Conflagration Resolution for the Chetco Bar Fire, making it possible for State and Federal disaster aid. I worked with Curry Transfer and Recycling to reduce your monthly bills, and negotiated a 20% discount for nuisance RV removal. I worked with the Curry County Public Transit District and discovered it was eligible for and applied for grant funding, which will extend the hours and routes for public transportation. I also led the charge in Curry County against Sutter Coast Hospital’s exorbitant reimbursement charges, because their provider did not accept out of network insurance rates of pay. As of January 1, 2019, if you go to the ER at Sutter Coast, you’ll pay far less for care.
The first person to ask me to run for office was also one of the first people to contribute to my campaign as a Brookings Harbor Port Commissioner. I received a $200 check from that person, and I was grateful for the contribution. But before taking that check, I told my supporter that just because I was getting a check, didn’t mean I would be voting their way all of the time. I have a mind of my own, and my vote will never be swayed by anyone’s money. Ever.
LISTEN AND LEARN.
As one of 10 children, I learned early on that there are many points of view, and many ways to solve problems. That’s why I’m always open to listening, whether it’s to a new voice, or another opinion. I’ve often come to a Board of Commissioners meeting having decided to vote one way on a matter, only to change my mind after listening to public input. I believe strongly that all sides must be considered before a decision is made. One example of this was when the Commissioners had to vote on giving the grant money back or to proceed with grant money to remodel the old library in Brookings for the Head Start Program. After reading all of the background information I had intended to vote to give the grant money back and discontinue the remodeling project. After listening to the speakers on this issue, I changed my mind and voted to continue with this project. I’m pleased to report that the project is going well so far. So talk to me! Let me know how I can help you or what you’re concerned about. My door is open and I always return phone calls, emails and letters.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE.
I’m a retired Math teacher, and my nickname in college when I worked as an accountant clerk was “nickel nose”, because I paid attention to every single nickel and the way it was spent. I consider your tax money a sacred trust, and I understand that the decisions we make at the County can affect your bank account. That’s one reason I strongly support having a County Administrator. On every other board I have been elected to or appointed to, there is a manager, or an administrator who provides continuity and the skill set necessary to run the County. Board members come and go, but an administrator means that the work of the board continues no matter who is elected. It means there are no gaps in the process, and it’s much more efficient. For instance, recently a County Commissioner who was very good at grant writing, was not re-elected, and that meant grant money which Curry County could have used, was not handled in the best possible way. That makes no sense to me. That’s why, when I was first elected, I decided to work for a $10,000 stipend, and I designated the rest of my salary to go to an Administrator. It seemed to me a good way to spend your money.
I continue to believe that all Curry County residents deserve accessible, quality healthcare, and I continue to advocate for a hospital with an emergency room in South County. Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach may be a wonderful facility, but it’s difficult to get to from 97415. I have been working with State and Federal healthcare officials, and have learned that it is possible for a Curry General Satellite Hospital in Brooking at the 5th Street Clinic. I believe this is the best option and am currently in contact with our Governor, and other elected representatives to make this a reality. Brookings City Council video
My mother instilled a love of music in me and in my 9 brothers and sisters. I taught myself to play the piano as a child, and then as an adult took lessons to learn the violin. I have been a member of the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra for years. Christmas was always loud and rhythmic when we all came home for the holidays with our instruments. Our family “band” included a tuba, trombone, violin, piano, cello, viola and flute. And song. I love to sing, and have been part of many vocal groups both growing up and as an adult. Singing with the orchestra has also been a great highlight for me. Sue Singing
Occupational Background: Mathematics Teacher, High School & Community College; Securities Dealer, Stocks & Bonds; Community Volunteer
Educational Background: B.S. in Mathematics, University of Utah; Masters in Education/Mathematics, University of San Francisco
Prior Governmental Experience: Commissioner, Port of Brookings/Harbor; Board Member, Brookings/Harbor School District; President of the Board, Cape Ferrello Fire District
November 2018 Catherine Wiley Public Thank You