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Local labor organizations strongly support Roger Chase for Mayor of Pocatello. They site, “Roger’s strong support of working families, his efforts and successes of helping to create and retain good paying jobs, and his tireless work for those who are less fortunate.” Roger Chase’s experience and his working relationships with business and government officials locally and throughout the state will benefit not only Pocatello but the entire region. Roger Chase has a track record of success, Chase has a reputation of working hard, treating all people fairly, and following up on his commitments.
Chase has the support of the Idaho State AFL-CIO, The Pocatello Central Labor Council, The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, The Idaho Building and Construction Trades, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainman, Painters Local #77, the United Transportation Union and other labor groups.
The Pocatello Central Labor Council endorses candidate Roger Chase for Mayor, City of Pocatello, Roger Bray for Seat 5, Pocatello City Council, and Gary Moore for Seat 4, Pocatello City Council. These candidates have shown continued support for the city of Pocatello and are committed to serving its citizens with proven leadership in their efforts to attract businesses and better paying jobs to Pocatello.
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Pocatello Central Labor Council
Pocatello voters have a choice — Brian Blad’s empty promises, or Roger Chase’s proven success. On November 5th, vote Roger Chase for Mayor.
Former Executive Director of Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services discusses how Roger Chase worked hard to help families in Pocatello during his tenure as Pocatello’s mayor. Families in Pocatello know Roger Chase is on their side.
City Website Mayoral Candidate Questions: Roger Chase
|1. Why are you interested in running for office for the City of Pocatello?|
|I am running for the office of Mayor because I am concerned about the direction the city is going. Four years ago Pocatello was recognized as one of the leaders in moving Idaho’s economy forward. Our economy was strong, had become more diversified, wages were going up and our retail sector was growing. Community involvement was strong and the town felt good about itself. Many groups and individuals were involved in making Pocatello a better place and there were civic projects throughout the town. Today we are not doing as well and I want to help change that.|
|2. In your opinion, what is the major issue facing Pocatello?|
|Our biggest challenge is turning the economy around. According to Department of Labor statistics, Pocatello has the highest unemployment rate of the state’s largest cities. Our workforce has decreased and the average yearly wage has gone down. During my years as mayor wages went up over 20%, the work force grew and unemployment was much lower. We diversified our economy and the retail market grew. I will work with both existing and new businesses to help our town grow and develop jobs that pay a livable wage.|
|2a. How would you address the issue you just described?|
|Within 100 days of being elected I will deliver a plan to the citizens of Pocatello detailing a course of action. This plan will be developed by a committee of business, civic, education, government and local citizens. This group will identify what we are doing well and what we can do better. The committee will identify the types of businesses that will fit in well with Pocatello’s strengths. They will develop a strong and realistic plan to retain and grow existing companies and establish a time line to achieve the group’s goals.|
|3. If elected, what will your first priority be?|
|My first priority will be to improve the economy. There are five things I will do to achieve this. First, listen to all citizens’ ideas and concerns. Second Keep government costs down. Third, Work to make city hall user friendly. Fourth, Protect and respect our valleys resources. Fifth, work hard to use my knowledge of, experience with, and my personal contact with local, regional, state and federal process and people to benefit Pocatello.|
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Roger Chase was the recipient of the Mayor’s Award 2012. Roger Chase who worked with the Idaho Food Bank to help establish this event said, “I am very pleased that this event which highlights the arts in our city and helps our citizens has turned out to be such a successful event to provide much needed help for our families in our community”.- Roger Chase
When we posted the photo of Roger Chase and his late dog, Bailey, we inadvertently transposed his name with that of Roger’s other dog, Molly the Golden Retriever. Molly is healthy, happy, and looking forward to her owner becoming Mayor of Pocatello and getting the new Animal Shelter built on behalf of all the furred folks in Poky.
Our apologies for the mix-up.
Come and cheer on Roger Chase for Mayor in the ISU Homecoming Parade on Saturday. Better yet join us and walk for Roger in the ISU Homecoming Parade this Saturday! Join us and let’s represent that we stand with Roger Chase. You can choose to walk half way or the whole parade. We are meeting at 2nd and Humboldt Street at 9am (look for our 1946 blue Truck) or join us half way in the parade at Caldwell Park and 8th Street (at 9:30am+ look for the 1946 Blue Truck). Please wear your Orange shirt. Go Roger! Go Bengals!
I am so proud that our community came together all the volunteers, contributors, and fellow committee members who put so much time and effort into building this playground for our kids. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all who participated in the breakfast this year. This is an example of what we can do together to build a better tomorrow. – Roger Chase
Welcome Back Orange and Black was a great event. I enjoyed talking to our ISU students and hearing their hopes for a Better Tomorrow. I have always worked hard for our university and students and have always advocated for ISU. We can build a Better Tomorrow – Roger Chase www.mayorchase.com — at Elect Roger Chase Mayor Booth @ Welcome Back Orange and Black.
Today it’s official! I am turning in my signed Petitions of Candidacy to run for the office of Mayor of our great city. I am honored and thankful for the devotion you have all given to our cause in making this possible. Our city faces challenges and with your help we will build a Better Tomorrow. – Roger Chase
WHEN: Wednesday Evening, August 21st
Keep Pocatello Moving Forward, a local citizens group, will be hosting a community discussion about water. Difficult questions will be asked to learn where Pocatello stands on quantity and quality of water, for use now and in the future. The panel includes Chair of the Water Board Roger Chase; Pocatello Senior Environmental Specialist (retired) John Sigler; former EPA Environmental Protection Specialist Sue Skinner; and Chair of the Geo Sciences Department ISU Glen Thackeray. The event will be held Wednesday August 21, 2013 beginning at 7pm at the ISU Continuing Education Building, Room 125, 1001 North 7th Ave. next to Uncle Jim’s Restaurant.Retired City of Pocatello Senior Environmental Specialist, John Sigler; Retired Environmental Protection Specialist for the U.S. EPA, Sue Skinner; and Chair of the Department of Geo Sciences at ISU, Glenn Thackeray. The panel will be moderated by James
Riverfest 2013: Kudos to the Riverfest Committee and The Portneuf Greenway Foundation for a Great Event.- Roger Chase
Kudos to the Riverfest Committee and The Portneuf Greenway Foundation for a great event. It was so nice to see and talk to so many good people supporting this cause in our town. We had fun and enjoyed the great music. Well done Pocatello! Roger Chase www.mayorchase.com
“We need better funding for our schools. Class sizes are too big for our kids to have the access with their teachers necessary for the individual instruction they need. Our teachers accomplish so much with what little funding they have to work with. We need to pat our teachers on the back when we see them in thanks for their hard work. “-Roger Chase, ISU/ISJ Education and the Economy Forum
Mayoral Candidate Roger Chase among Those to Speak at ISU/ISJ Forum on Education and the Economy
“The Idaho State Journal and Idaho State University are jointly sponsoring a community forum titled “Education and the Economy: Preparing Idaho’s work force for the future.”
The forum is free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wood River Room at the ISU Student Union.
The event will feature a panel of experts on education and the economy including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Bannock Development Executive Director John Regetz, former Pocatello Mayor and current Bingham County Economic Development consultant Roger Chase, Pocatello Education Association President Jan Flandro, American Falls School District Superintendent Ron Bolinger, ISU Vice President of Research and Economic Development Howard Grimes and Jay Engstrom, deputy director of the Idaho Department of Labor.” -ISJ
Thank you Centennial Rotary for allowing me to present my plan to build a better tomorrow for our citizens of Pocatello. We do great things when we come together as a community. We can revive this spirit once again. Roger Chase
Keep Pocatello Moving Forward. You are cordially invited to meet with Pocatello Mayoral Candidate Roger Chase and city council members Roger Bray and Gary Moore. They support us, lets us support them! The event will be outside so please bring a lawn chair.
When: July 25th 6:30pm
Where: 2643 W Old Highway 91
Pocatello Mayoral Candidate Roger Chase during a recent Q&A responded to a question about the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to close the Regional Postal Processing Center in Pocatello. Chase said that the effects would not only hurt our local workforce but also our local businesses. The lost jobs means lost dollars spent locally and that would hurt our businesses’ ability to sell their goods. Businesses also rely on their ability to use these postal services and some may go out of business (be unable to survive). Local resident Donna G. who posed the question said, “I liked his (Roger Chase’s) answer, too. I couldn’t believe that our current city council and Mayor (Blad) did very little to try and dissuade the Post Office’s decision of closing our plant. The economic impact on SE Idaho is huge. Just like Roger said, what is good for one of us in SE Idaho is good for all of us and the converse is also true.”
Bring your ideas and vision for our town. Roger will present his goals and lead an open discussion.
Lunch will be provided, but donations to cover costs will be welcome.
WHEN: July 9th, Noon
WHERE: Oliver’s Restaurant, 130 South 5th, Pocatello