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January 21, 2020

Letter from Tom Lovell
Posted On: Jul 13, 2017
Your E-Board spent approximately 45 minutes (each) listening and asking questions of the four 7th District candidates over the last two days (7/10 & 7/11). Brother Mike Bacon, Brother Ryan Mudie, Brother Ricky Walsh and Brother Greg Womack are the candidates vying for the for the position. Questions centered around Communications, Service & Education for our Locals, Support and Vision for the District. Following the four interviews there was a great deal of discussion, a Motion was made and Seconded, to Endorse Greg Womack for the office of 7th District Vice-President for the upcoming special election in August. Motion passed unanimously. (Missing 4th District VP Brown) Discussion and Reasoning: All Board members have had positive grass root experiences with Brother Womack including but not limited to: Educational Classes, Organizing and first contract assistance, Termination hearings, Fact Finding presentations and panel member, Grievance Arbitration and Political Action Campaigns, Bonds and Initiatives. Education attendance continues to be a challenge for Idaho as our geography makes travel difficult. Brother Womack has some ideas on how to streamline and direct educational opportunities to have the greatest impact on our membership. Brother Womack is the longest serving President of Local #149 (10 years) and has a total of 18 years as a Principal Officer (8 years as V.P.) He has previously held Board positions on the PFFI and he has worked as a DFSR for the past 6 years and that has prepared him to hit the ground running to continue to provide personal service to Idaho Locals as well as the other Locals within the 7th District. As a State with 21 of 34 Locals with memberships under 25, our members appreciate the personal support they have received from Brother Womack as they face the toughest challenges and are in need of the most support. There has been discussion for years regarding "succession planning" within the ranks of Locals, State Associations and even International Offices. Brother Womack has taken this seriously and has immersed himself with education, training and shadowing leaders not only from our district but also from the US and Canada. It is for these reasons that the PFFI E-Board unanimously Endorses Brother Greg Womack and recommends to all Idaho Locals to support and vote for him in the upcoming election. Fraternally, Tom Lovell President Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho 333 N. Mark Stall Place Boise, ID 83704 (208) 283-2672
IAFF Local 1565
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