Occupation: Retired Administrator
Occupational Background: 33 years Coos County Highway Department; last seven of those years as Coos County Roadmaster, 3 years U.S. Army, Nike Hercules Missile Crewman-Germany; Honorable Discharge.
Educational Background: 154 credit hours Southwestern Oregon Community College; Law Enforcement/General Business.
Prior Governmental Experience: I have never held an elected public office other than precinct person. As County Roadmaster, I was an active member in the Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors, which made recommendations for legislation on the County Road Program and funding; participated in the county budget process; worked with Oregon Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency to secure $40M funding for Coos County.
As a citizen, like you, I have family & friends who have lost jobs and can't find work. We all know how hard that is on families. We can't wait for some big corporation to come and save us. Small business is the backbone of the US economy. We need local businesses for local people to sustain our county's economy. I'll work hard to encourage new business to locate in our area and to attract new viable, safe clean industries that will provide sustainable jobs.
Over the last several years, there's been a growing distrust in county government. When elected, I will do everything within my power to see that county government conducts itself in a fair, open and transparent manner. Effective government requires an informed public and trust.
In addition, it's my goal that the County's priorities be clearly established for essential services. Our County is rich in human and natural resources and that's what makes Coos County special. Through effective leadership, public participation, priorities, hard work, and dedication, I believe we can make our county a great place to live once again.
It will be my honor to serve the people of Coos County.
Vote Larry Van Elsberg for Coos County Commissioner
(This information furnished by Larry R. Van Elsberg.)