Tischer challenges Backman
September 17, 2020
Compiled by Diana Zimmerman
Candidates for local and regional offices were asked to respond to a brief questionnaire from The Wahkiakum County Eagle. Here are the responses from Mike Backman, who is currently District 1 on the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners, and his challenger, Lee Tischer.
In primary election, District 1 (Puget Island and South Cathlamet precincts) favored Tischer in a 434-240 vote.
Incumbent Mike Backman
Mike Backman, incumbent for Wahkiakum County Commissioner, District 1, is running for a third term against challenger Lee Tischer.
A Wahkiakum High School graduate, Backman received an AA degree in applied science of construction and is a commercial fisherman and small business owner. He is community minded and has volunteered at several different nonprofits.
Why run for the position?
"I believe my experience and work ethic, in a time of uncertainty, will help position Wahkiakum to better weather storms coming," Backman wrote.
What do you hope to accomplish?
"I hope to work with other entities to bring better internet and economic development, while keeping us uniquely Wahkiakum."
What's on his mind?
1) Interlocal cooperation, so we can hear our constituents and respond together;
2) Broadband and cell service need to be addressed;
3) A clear voice about covid-19 and how to go forward;
4) Work with local entities to strengthen relationships with state agencies so we get better representation;
5) Work with our legislators on key issues affecting Wahkiakum County.