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Gary Perman

2009 Port of Camas-Washougal Candidate, District 1


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Candidate's Survey Response:

2009 Port Commission Survey

Do regional governments and their agencies have a serious responsibility to advance a consistent ethic regarding the respect of human life?  A consistent ethic of life often focuses on major policy issues which include first abortion and euthanasia, but also others such as poverty, capital punishment, war, racism, nuclear arms and exploitation.  While these are national issues, regional governments sometimes can and should address related local policy and social factors.  A consistent ethic of life recognizes that each and every human being is unique and important, that no person is defined by someone else's choices, and that no one exists solely as a means to someone else's happiness.  The choices we make, as individuals and as a society, must be weighed in light of their impact on human life and dignity.   Do regional governments and their agencies have a serious responsibility to implement public policies and facilitate community action that further a consistent respect for all human life?   yes

2. Do you believe that it is scientifically accurate and honest to say that human life begins at conception? 

3. The 14th Amendment states "nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, 1973, stated that "if this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment."  The Court regrettably concluded though that "we need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer."   Do you believe that life begins at conception and that the State has a compelling interest in protecting that life?  

Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion ever permissible?  Check all that apply:

__X___ No, it's never permissible

_____ Yes, to save mother's life

_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest

_____ Yes, for physical deformity

_____  Yes, for genetic predispositions

_____  Yes, for gender

_____  Yes, for race

_____   Yes, for economic hardship

_____  Yes, to punish spouse

_____  Yes, it's always permissible


5. Do you support parental notification and/or consent before a minor (under 18 years of age) could have an abortion? A judicial bypass of parents would be allowed when necessary.

Notification?  YES

Consent?     YES

"Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race, class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is needed most" (World Conference of Religions for Peace).  Southwest Washington has a broad range of religious communities that contribute substantially to the welfare of families, children, seniors, the homeless, sick, and refugees.  They are a highly valued part of our community which respects and defends human life at every stage.  Are you an active member in a church, synagogue, temple, mosque or other religious assembly?  YES

If so, you may state here where at:  Lutheran Church  LCMS

The White House's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships ensures that religious and other community organizations are able to compete on an equal footing for participation in Federal programs without impairing the character of such organizations and without diminishing the religious freedom of those served.  Does the collaboration of government with faith-based charitable works lawfully ensure fair treatment of religious organizations, and is it good for our communities?  Undecided

8. Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education and other qualifications for a port commission or other position.

Executive Recruiter – 13 years                         Small Business Owner 25 Years

College Graduate 

Gary Perman  Camas, WA

Gary is a Life-long Resident of Camas and Washougal. He grew up in Camas, attending Camas High School. He attended Washington State University and Eastern Washington University and after a career in the music management industry, returned to Camas and Washougal to raise a family. Married to Becky for 25 years this June, he has two sons: Jayson, attending Central Washington University studying Aviation and Physics and his son Tyler, who will be a High school, sophomore this fall.

Age: 48

Member of Rotary – Community Service

Eagle Scout Association and an Eagle Scout himself

Share House volunteer for over eight years

Member, St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

Chair, Technology Management Chapter, IEEE

Member, Washington Coalition for Open Government Member,

East County Technology Summit

For the past thirteen years, Gary has been an Executive Technology Recruiter, working with executives of technology companies throughout the U.S., helping them surface, evaluate, and hire their critical staff.


Gary is also recognized as an industry expert by The Wall Street Journal and several industry magazines and Ranked among the Top 7 Executive Recruitment Firms in Washington by CEO Magazine. He has been published by EE Times, CIO Insights, Baseline (a Ziff Davis Enterprise Publication), The Business Journal, IEEE –USA Today’s Engineer and Telecom Business Magazine, as well as several blogs. 

9. May LifePac post your returned survey on our website?  Surveys are posted only with your permission. 
Please give your campaign web address if you have one.  YES     www.permanforport.com


Gary Perman

Perman for

Port Commissioner

Yes to Schools


142 NE Whitney St.

Camas, Wa. 98607