Sunday, March 18, 2012

Update at I'm running for office!

Dear readers,
We are very busy here at Here's run down:
- As part of a Life After 50 series of presentations, I will be leading a Women & Retirement seminar at the Camas Public Library on April 11 at 7 p.m. This will be an updated version of my "5 Steps to a Successful Retirement for Women." Men, of cource, also are welcome because retirement planning most often is a team effort.
- In two weeks, I will be working with Vancouver-based Partners in Careers to lead two focus groups about hiring the older worker. One groups will be over-50 people looking for work. The other will be employers who may want to hire older workers. The feedback should help PIC in assisting people over 50 who need jobs. I appreciate the opportunity to help with this project.
- Today, I leave for Idaho to help my mother celebrate her 97th birthday. A guardianship hearing was also scheduled but that (to my relief) has been cancelled. More about all that at another time.
- And finally, I am running for public office. My campaign for Clark Public Utilities Commissioner started last week with press announcements, meetings and a rush of sign-printing and other campaign materials production. This bipartisan post brings together all my skills and knowledge about the economy, business development and energy issues. Please visit my separate at
Now I think I'm finally busy enough in my semi-retirement.
That's it for now.
Back soon.

See my candidacy press release below:

AMBOY, Wa. – Former Columbian business news editor, Julia Anderson, has announced that she will run for Clark Public Utilities Commissioner, District No 1.
Anderson, a north Clark County property owner and self-employed small business person, said that she will bring her passion for public service to the job on behalf of Clark County working families facing tight household budgets. She also will work on behalf of employers who need affordable power to sustain jobs and add jobs.
“Low-cost power is our ace in the hole,” Anderson said. “We must preserve affordable power for the long-term well-being of our children.” Anderson said her 30 years in journalism has given her a first-hand understanding of the economic challenges facing workers and small business owners, as well as those who lead the region’s largest employers.
“Everyone has concerns about the cost of energy at home and at work,” Anderson said. “I will do my best to serve working families, employers and those people on fixed incomes, all who are Clark Public Utilities ratepayers.”
Since leaving her full-time newspaper job in 2010, Anderson has served as a regional board member of Umpqua Bank, as a business news commentator on KXL 101.1 FM radio and as a freelance business journalist covering business news, energy, conservation and personal finance. She is a strong advocate of financial literacy for women. Anderson was named a “Woman of Distinction” by WSU Vancouver in 2009.
A graduate of the University of Idaho, Anderson earned numerous professional awards for her business column writing. She received national recognition for the business section that she managed and edited. Anderson has been writing the Energy Adviser column for Clark Public Utilities but has taken a leave of absence to work full-time on her campaign for utility commissioner. “Doing that column has given me tremendous insight into conservation issues, energy trends and the range of customer services and information provided by our utility,” she said.
Anderson is a member of the Washington/Clark County Farm Forestry Association, Rotary International (Vancouver), the Clark County Historical Museum and the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. She is a former board member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Anderson and husband, Ken Giles, share five children and five grandchildren. In their spare time they are restoring a historic 1920s barn on their timber property.

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