As of Monday, August 6, 2018
Lisa Homer has dealt extensively with politicians. Now she wants to be one, running for Yakima County Commissioner District No. 3.
“My connection to the Yakima Valley extends over six generations,” she said recently. “I come from an agricultural family. The experience in agriculture helped form my appreciation for natural resources, agri-business, culture, and the workforce of the Yakima Valley.”
French Canadians, the Homer family migrated from Canada. They were one of the early families to cultivate hops the Valley. Homer’s grandfather was county commissioner from 1935-1941.
Homer studied engineering at ITT Technical Institute and Portland State University. She has a Financial Advisor license and is working on her CFP designation.
Homer worked on the family farm, shaping her understanding of what makes the Yakima Valley tick. She has owned and operated a child care center, a restaurant franchise (Papa Murphy’s), Radio Shack franchise and Sprint franchise.
Homer has been a Real Estate Broker, working on infrastructure and development, and has worked in the investment sector as a Wealth Advisor. She is an Investment Broker.
“These (endeavors) have shaped my views on the value of being fiscally responsible when dealing with large amounts of money,” she said.
Homer said she started working with politicians in 2000, getting involved at a local level, helping with campaigns and educating people on why it’s important to know the issues. She was the district director for the Republican Womens’ Club from 2013 to 2016.
“I work directly with Gina Mosbrucker on homelessness, helping write capital budget requests for providers in Yakima County,” she said. “I work with the City, County and State on implementation of a plan called Housing First, the first of its kind in the United States to come up with housing for our homeless.”
“I look to build relationships to help move us forward in betterment or our County,” she added. “I have worked on multiple campaigns for those whom have run for office.”
Homer believes life has come to a point where her experiences and accomplishments have shaped her into a qualified candidate for the commissioner position.
“My priorities are to go back to the table and figure out how we can help grow economically at all levels,” she said. “Businesses need to be able to open here in our valley without the oppressive regulatory system. We seem to be following more of a west side system that is stagnating our people to live abundantly here in our Valley.”
Homer has traveled the world with political and community leaders looking for options in energy, water, and infrastructure. She said there is no reason to invent the wheel when others have already done it. You need only to borrow the good ideas.
“We have to deal with our water issues and see what is sustainable long term,” she said.