Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee
of Southwest Washington

Gary Perman
2021 Camas City Council Candidate

Ward 1, Pos 2



Survey Response:

Gary Perman for Camas City Council


Consistent Ethic of Life and The Common Good require respectful, inclusive dialog and broad application of moral principles valuing the sacredness of human life.  While the major threats to life (abortion, fetal plundering, euthanasia) are nationally debated, there are local manifestations that can be addressed, such as crime, failing schools, library pornography, problem pregnancies and homelessness. Threats to The Common Good include illicite acquiescence to special interests (e.g. the abortion lobby) and governmental coercion (e.g. State agencies) that promote moral degradation.   Will you as a city council member work for public policy that promotes The Common Good and a Consistent Ethic of Life?  Yes

The US Supreme Court in its 2003 ruling United States v. American Library Association, Inc, upheld the use of library internet pornography filters.  Chief Justice Rehnquist stated for the plurality that "to fulfill their traditional missions, public libraries must have broad discretion to decide what material to provide to their patrons.  Although they seek to provide a wide array of information, their goal has never been to provide 'universal coverage,'" and "most libraries already exclude pornography from their print collections because they deem it inappropriate for inclusion."   In 2010, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that public libraries' use of internet filters does not violate the state constitution.  See FVRL porn history here.  Will you as a city councilor appoint, recommend or request (depending on your level of authority) only library board candidates who oppose the inclusion of pornography in public libraries, whether by internet or printed materials?  Yes

Recently, some public libraries have been hosting Drag Queen Story Hours.  These events use men dressed as burlesque and flirtatious women to read gender dysphoria stories to children, with the purpose and effect of facilitating gender confusion.  More information here.  What is your position on public libraries hosting Drag Queen Story Hours?

_____ Support

___X__ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other:


The U.S. Supreme Court in Young v. American Mini Theaters, Inc., (1976) and Renton v. Playtime Theater, Inc., (1986), concluded that municipalities have "substantial governmental interests" in protecting and preserving the quality of life for its community against the adverse secondary effects of sexually-oriented businesses while allowing for "reasonable alternative avenues of communication."  Land Use Studies from cities around the United States were cited in both U.S. Supreme Court cases documenting the harmful secondary effects of these businesses including 1. Increased Crime - rape, sexual assault, prostitution and illegal drug sales; 2. Decreased Property Values - both residential and commercial; and 3. Urban Blight - people and businesses fleeing the community.  Will you diligently seek and maintain zoning ordinances, licensing procedures, permit requirements and operational regulations which serve to minimize the adverse secondary effects of Sexually-Oriented Businesses? I have not studied this subject matter enough to give you my opinion at this time.


According to this 2014 research by Tate Twinam, there is "a long tradition in the sociology literature of linking high densities to pathological behavior (Sampson 1983, Wirth 1938)."  Given the importance of livable and affordable neighborhoods for the city's wellbeing, is quality city planning important to you?  Yes – Extremely  Are you a high density proponent? NO

Even dedicated proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.  What do you believe?  Does a unique human life begins at conception? I believe Human Life begins at conception. I am Pro-Life.

If not, how long after conception does a human life begin?

___3 mths   ___6 mths   ___9 mths   ___1 yr   ___18 yrs?   

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 the right to life of the unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment? Absolutely Yes

Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion ever morally 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 gender

_____  Yes, for race

_____  Yes, to punish spouse

_____ Yes, it's always permissible


The nation's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, in the 2018-2019 fiscal year received $616.8 million in tax payer funding and aborted 332,757 babies.  Should Planned Parenthood be contracted with to make community presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals or devices, and/or abortion services? NO  never with use of taxpayer money


"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 where at:  St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Washougal, Wa.

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.  Is the  collaboration of government with faith-based charitable works good for our communities?  I believe so - yes

In the 2013 US Supreme Court ruling of Greece v. Galloway, all nine justices (following Marsh (1983), affirmed the acceptability of having an invocation at the beginning of public meetings.  Writing for the court, Justice Kennedy stated: "Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of government to alter or define and that willing participation in civic affairs can be consistent with a brief acknowledgment of their belief in a higher power, always with due respect for those who adhere to other beliefs. The prayer in this case has a permissible ceremonial purpose. It is not an unconstitutional establishment of religion."  What is your position on your city council instituting (or continuing) a prayer at the start of the meeting?

__X___ Support

_____ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other:


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May 21, 2021


For Immediate Release

Contact Gary Perman Tel. (360) 835-2205 Email:

People before politics!



Local businessman Gary Perman announces run for Camas City Council

Gary Perman has formally filed for office to run for Camas City Council in the Ward 1 open seat being vacated by Melissa Smith. Gary was born and raised in Camas. He is a graduate of Camas High School, attended Washington State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University. “I am running for Camas City Council to bring more common sense to City Hall,” said Gary. “The City must do a better job at managing growth, so that infrastructure costs do not place a greater tax burden on our residents. Rising water and sewer fees along with non-stop property tax increases are hurting our citizens,” added Gary.

“As a City Council Member, I’ll focus on fiscal responsibility within the city budget and working hard to protect our small town character and livability, while ensuring public access to parks, hiking and waterfronts. Many of my neighbors feel a deep disconnect between City Hall and our community,” said Gary. “When I’m elected, I’ll reopen the lines of communication to better serve our citizens. The City Council’s proposal to push through the $78 million pool bond that citizens rejected by 90 percent demonstrates that disconnect,” said Gary. “Citizens can rest assured that I will never support such an unpopular idea, nor will I vote for tax increases.”


Gary has owned his own successful business, PermanTech Search Group for the past 25 years. His company specializes in recruiting critical talent for the alternative fuels industry across the U.S. Gary is married for 37 years to his wife, Becky Webberley Perman from Fern Prairie and they raised their two sons in Camas. He attends St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Washougal and has been active on the board of directors since 2010.


Gary is past President of Oregon’s Institute of Engineer and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE). He is a member of the Society Automotive Engineers and NTEA - the Association for the Work Truck Industry. He’s a former member of Rotary International, SHARE and the Camas Lions Club.


“I love Camas. I care deeply about our community and I’m ready to start a new era of accountability in Camas City government,” pledged Gary. He can be reached at Tel. (360) 835-2205. His website will be up and running soon at


People before politics!


Our citizens deserve the best leadership possible at City Hall

Citizens have lost faith in our City’s leadership. People are being ignored and reduced to zoom meetings. For more than a year, city leaders refused to meet face to face with the citizens they serve. Whether it be on the issue of the outrageous $78 million pool bond proposal, or placing a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center near elementary schools and residential neighborhoods, or raising property taxes again and again, leaders are are simply not listening. They think they know what’s best for us. It’s time for positive change in Camas. I’m ready to deliver new leadership that puts the best interests of our citizens first, every time. That’s why my campaign slogan is “People before politics!” 

Delivering better communication to citizens

• Prioritize spending; no new taxes

• Leading with real world business experience

• Carefully manage growth to protect our small town character

• Bringing more living wage jobs to Camas

• Supporting public safety to keep Camas safe

I welcome your call at Tel. (360) 835-2205 or email at I would appreciate your vote on August 3rd and again on November 2nd.



 People before politics

I’ve lived in Camas nearly all my life. Over the past several years, I’ve watched Camas City leaders ignore the very citizens they are supposed to serve. As your voice on the Camas City Council, I’ll never forget that I work for you, not the staff at City Hall. Every decision I make will be made with the best interests of our citizens in mind. That’s why my campaign slogan is “People before politics!”

Delivering better communication to citizens

The City Council used the Pandemic as an excuse to further degrade communications between the City and the people. It’s past time for the City Council to safely conduct their meetings in public with citizens invited to fully participate. Our City officials have done such a poor job of communicating, that they decided to recently hire a communications director, paid for with your hard-earned tax dollars. The best communication comes directly from elected officials to the citizens they serve, not a government official whose job is to spin city business in the best possible light. Citizens deserve to hear the truth directly from their elected officials. As your voice, I’ll shine the light on City Government and provide complete transparency to Camas residents.

The City must live within its means

As your City Council Member, I’ll focus on fiscal responsibility within the city budget, while prioritizing public safety and other essential services our citizens need. Camas has benefited greatly from a strong industrial tax base and robust residential housing market. There is no justification to continue to raise property taxes on our working families. The City Council’s proposal in 2019 to push through the extravagant $78 million pool bond was a terrible idea. Camas residents stood up to reject it with a 90 percent “NO” vote.  Citizens can rest assured that I will never support such an unpopular idea, nor will I vote for other tax increases.

Leading with real world business experience

I’ve owned my own successful business for the past 25 years. I know how to balance a budget and make payroll. I bring real world business experience to this position. We need more people who’ve signed the front side of a paycheck in community elected positions, not those who are already employed in other government agencies. With my business experience, I bring professionalism, collaboration, and personal integrity to this important elected position. I’ll never forget that I answer to the citizens I represent.

Carefully managing growth to protect our small town character

Camas is a very special place and as your City Council Member, I’ll work hard to keep it that way. I pledge to you that I will do all I can to protect our small town character and livability by doing a better job at managing the rapid growth that Camas is experiencing. I’ll provide more intentional leadership about where new residential, commercial and industrial growth occurs to protect our quality of life while ensuring public access to parks, hiking trails and our waterfronts. I’ll deliver strong leadership so that new infrastructure costs do not place a greater tax burden on our residents. I’ll hold the line on rising water and sewer fees and reject new property tax increases.

Camas needs more living wage jobs

Portland is failing its business community. We have an incredible opportunity to attract those businesses to Camas that are fleeing bad municipal policies. As your City Council Member, I’ll work tirelessly to bring those jobs here. I’ve spent a career in the professional recruitment industry. I know how to successfully communicate with business leaders because I’ve been doing it all over the U.S. from my office in Camas for the past 25 years. UL Laboratories has moved out of Camas for greener pastures. Sharp Laboratories has also left Camas and they’re not coming back. Living wage jobs at our Georgia Pacific paper mill are dwindling. I have the professional experience and proven business leadership to attract and recruit new clean industry to Camas. Greater economic opportunities will actually lower the tax burden on our residents by spreading it out among more industries who want to locate here. Everyone deserves the opportunity to live where they work. Bringing more living wage jobs to our community is one of the top areas that I will focus on because quality of life begins with a good job.

Supporting our men and women on front lines of public safety

As your City Council Member, I will always support our law enforcement officers to keep our neighborhoods safe. In our growing City of Camas, we need more police officers, not less. By prioritizing spending, we can fully fund public safety without raising taxes. People are moving to Camas because it’s not Portland or Seattle. I’ll provide strong and conservative leadership to ensure Camas remains a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

I welcome your call at Tel. (360) 835-2205 or email at I would appreciate your vote on August 3rd and again on November 2nd.