Name: Randy Haverfield
Occupation: Principal architect and owner Architecture Northwest, incorporated in 1993.
Education: Boise State University, San Francisco Institute of Architecture. Certified by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; licensed in 10 states to practice architecture.
Prior political experience: None
Civic involvement: Former Nampa Planning & Zoning Commissioner (four years); Chairman Nampa Airport Commission (four years); Chairman Nampa Design Review Commission (four years).
Years living in Nampa: 34
Family: Wife, Laurie, two children.
Endorsements: Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Brent Crane, District 13A; Rep. Rick Youngblood, District 12B; Rep. Robert Anderst, District 12A; Snake River Valley Building Contractors Association; and Nampa Tax Accountability Committee.
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?
My opponent is Lance McGrath, who has run for City Council twice before, unsuccessfully. I have a little understanding of his political position on a few key issues based on his responses to a questionnaire sent out by the Idaho Press Tribune in 2011. His responses make me question his understanding of the urban renewal process, taxation, and the role that small business plays in job creation. He is a librarian for the College of Idaho, and as far as I can tell has never owned a business, hired any employees or created a successful marketing and business plan.
I have owned an architectural practice based in Nampa since 1993 (20 years), lived in Nampa since 1979 (34 years) with my wife, Laurie, and raised a family here. I understand business and free enterprise, taxation from property taxes to payroll taxes, and I network daily with various building authorities, and other regulatory agencies in the design of new building projects.
2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.
It is as simple as A, B, C:
A for Accountability. I believe it is important to be Fiscally Conservative in all matters related to finances. This is true in my personal life and in my business life as well. Financial decisions need to be based on sound judgment, solid values and proven principals.
B for Business Promotion. I believe our city needs elected officials who have Vision and Purpose. Leaders who care about the needs of the businesses already located in Nampa, and who also possess an understanding of how to attract new businesses to our great city. Through my architectural practice I network daily with building agencies, developers, contractors, financial institutions and business entrepreneurs as we partner together on new business ventures, and explore planning options.
C for Communication. I believe that our community wants Transparency from their Elected Officials. I also believe they want representatives that will listen to them and act responsibility on their behalf.
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
I believe our best days are ahead of us, and that our community will continue to grow. We need a leadership team that will work effectively together, in order to help that growth benefit our community and economy in the best way possible. Nampas greatest assets are its people, and the existing businesses that have chosen to locate here. I believe that to effectively grow our economy, we need to support Nampas existing businesses better, along with reaching out to new businesses. If we do that, our community will benefit through an increased tax base, increased employment opportunities and charitable partnering.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
I see a revitalized downtown core, which is where my business office is located. We trust the new city library and public services building will encourage other business expansions downtown, more new restaurants, civic venues and renovation projects. I expect within the next 20 years we will see expanded city limits and improvements in our road systems and airport facilities. Growth will happen, and we need to be ready with improvement plans for the growth of essential services (like fire, police and sanitation), public utilities (water, sewer and irrigation) and cooperative efforts between the city government and the school systems (public and private) to maintain the quality of life we enjoy here.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
Our city leadership needs to be more active in the community, listening to the voices of those that they represent. Every business owner in Nampa should feel encouraged by a local city government that wants to partner with them by helping them be successful and growing. We too often overlook or discount the talent and experience of very qualified individuals and companies already based here in Nampa in the effort to entice outside business to come here.
6. What are the top two issues facing Nampa, and how should they be addressed?
(1) Property taxes and Levy Rates in Nampa are simply too high. Careful management of the city budget and looking into possible wasteful budget expenses is a key first step. We should also look at the various city owned properties for an understanding of the potential value that could be considered if sold, or leased out to other entities. (2) Subsidy of the Idaho Center at the rate of $1.5 million per year is unacceptable. The sale of the facility (which would put it on the tax roles) or replacement of the current management company with a more aggressive management company is crucial in allowing the facility to become self-supporting, and not a continual drain on the local taxpayers.
7. If tax revenues take an upswing in the next few years, which part of city government do you think most needs an infusion of cash, and why?
I personally feel that special attention needs to be paid to the current condition of our road systems, sidewalks and public utilities. Deferred maintenance of our streets is already a safety hazard that needs to be addressed. We also will be addressing the requirement for an expanded sewer treatment facility to accommodate the growth, reduce the phosphorus levels and the funding needed for that expansion.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
I would expect the topic of budget tightening will step on toes, but tough times require tough decisions, like limited budgets and extended timelines for the replacement of office equipment & automobiles. Our community deserves city leadership that is frugal in its spending practices, making management decisions that forecast realistic growth projections.