Garrett announces candidacy for County Assessor-Recorder

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A submitted photo of Ethan Garrett, who recently announced his candidacy for Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder.

Ethan Garrett, an appraiser for the Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder’s office, announces his candidacy for Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder in the upcoming June 2018 Primary Election.

Garrett, a native of Siskiyou County was born and raised in Yreka. His mother, Karen Clark (Garrett), is the music teacher at Jackson Street Elementary and his father, Paul Garrett, is a former Siskiyou County deputy sheriff. Ethan holds a bachelor’s of science in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis, where he also played football. He is an active member in Yreka Rotary and the Elks Club and an assistant coach for the Yreka High school baseball team.

Garrett said he is excited to share the ideas and goals he has for Siskiyou County, and has submitted the following op-ed detailing his candidacy:

By Ethan Garrett

I have watched and admired the business leaders and public servants of our community ever since I can remember. As many of these long-time leaders begin to retire, I see an exciting opportunity for the next generation to continue in their footsteps by serving and strengthening our community and its ideals.

Over the decades, it continues to ring true: Siskiyou County doesn't follow the same path as the rest. We pride ourselves on managing to uphold our lifestyle and stay the same in all of the right ways. And while we continue to build on the foundation set forth, we must create a new path of our own. A path that ensures the Siskiyou County way of life can sustain in this ever-changing world. I want to help us find that path. This is why I choose to serve Siskiyou County every day as an Appraiser. This is what motivates me to volunteer as an assistant coach with the Yreka High School baseball team. It’s what pushes me to be active in the community. And that’s why I am proud to declare my candidacy for the office of Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder.

When I graduated from Yreka High School in 2008, I followed the footsteps of many of my classmates and set out to find where I fit and can make the biggest difference in this world. After receiving my Bachelors of Science in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis, I experienced the fast paced life of San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, and built a software company that served various athletic departments at universities throughout the United States. I enjoyed these experiences and I learned important lessons in persistence, ethics, and business management – but something in me has always known that I would return to my roots in Siskiyou County and continue to grow and contribute for the rest of my life.

Now I have come back to pour my heart and soul into this community. As I am continually asked “Why would you move back?” or “Why would you leave here to go there?” the answer stays the same: I love Siskiyou County. This community raised me, shaped me and supported me, and I am now in a position to return the favor. But I have quickly learned that I cannot do this alone.

As Assessor-Recorder, I will uphold the same high standards of service and professionalism that we have come to know and expect from the Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder’s office. But beyond this, my campaign for Assessor-Recorder is about achieving the following three goals:

First, a complete overhaul of how the Assessor-Recorder office can provide the most important information to our taxpayers. As both an Appraiser for the Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder office and a Yreka homeowner, I have found that planning for property tax payments and understanding how our tax system works can get quite confusing. As Assessor-Recorder, I will empower taxpayers with the ability to see their maximum potential future obligation for tax payments, understand exemptions and their deadlines, and communicate when we are going to be doing on-site assessments in your area. When I am Assessor-Recorder, you will know you are being assessed fairly. We all feel some uncertainty in planning for the future; I want to remove that feeling of uncertainty from your property taxes so you can better plan for yearly bills and costs. It is my promise to make sure you know we, as a department, are doing everything in our power to help you understand our process and give you peace of mind that we are fairly assessing your property.

Secondly, I will optimize the workflow processes within the Assessor-Recorder office. By implementing programs and systems to improve workplace efficacy and efficiency, we can better prepare and navigate inevitable budget cuts, policy changes, and training hurdles. You do your part to support our office through your tax dollars, and I will do my part to ensure that your money is spent as efficiently as possible. My hope is to save you and the county money so that we can invest into other projects and needs that will better position us for the future.

But this election is about much more than just the office of the Assessor-Recorder. This is the chance to improve the future of our county. A future that needs an injection of driven and passionate leaders. Leaders who are ready to jump head first into their ideas, execute on their visions, and ignite the flame for others to join. As my third goal, I will make it my responsibility – my duty – to find them, nurture them, and provide them with the support they need to lead us to brighter days. This is the changing of the guard for a revitalized Siskiyou County. If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and fight for this county, I encourage you to join my campaign. This election is about spurring a new movement to reinvent Siskiyou County for the 21st century. It’s time.

As a native and involved citizen of Siskiyou County, I pledge to make a positive impact in our community by serving as your Assessor-Recorder. I will do my part to fairly represent and advocate for our citizens, day in and day out. I humbly ask for your support in helping me make this county the best it can be, and for your vote as Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder.