Ridgley sees too much council `waste’

LIHU’E — Roger Ridgeley Jr., a Kapa`a-area small businessman, is running for

Kaua`i County Council because he’s tired.

“I’m tired of the council

wasting our money,” Ridgeley said. “They waste money on solid waste. They

wasted $5 million on the entrance to the airport.”

The 48-year-old

Philadelphian has lived on Kaua`i with his wife Carol for 11 years.For the past

10 years, he’s owned and operated A Tow in Paradise.

Ridgeley said a big

problem in Kaua`i politics is the exclusion of the average citizen from

decision-making.

“What happens here is that things are discussed and

decided on before the people even know what’s going on,” he

claimed.

Ridgeley said that would change if he is elected.

“I don’t owe

anybody anything.I’m a small business owner and a man of action. I would bring

less talk and more action to the council,” Ridgeley said.

Another problem,

according to Ridgeley, is that working people can’t attend the council’s 1

p.m.Wednesday meetings.

“Meeting times should be moved to 4 or 5 p.m.,” he

said.

Ridgeley said if he doesn’t win in this, his first attempt at council

after a decade living on the island, that defeat wouldn’t discourage

him.

“I’d probably run again,” he said.

Ridgeley said his heroes

growing up were his father, Robin Hood and Zorro.

Ridgeley is the father of

one daughter who lives in California.

Staff writer Dennis Wilken can

be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) and dwilken@pulitzer.net

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