In Office Since January 2010


Dave Shoemaker was born in Hawaii to an Army family and has lived in every major section of the USA, as well as in Europe and Asia. He was a senior project manager for the Little Hoover Commission, a California agency advising the Governor and Legislature on the effectiveness and efficiency of State operations. His professional background includes two decades with the US Army as an Airborne and Ranger qualified infantry leader and foreign area specialist, and experience with the federal and California State governments, corporate and small businesses, and California Community Colleges.

While in the service, he served in the 101st Infantry (Airborne), 2nd Infantry (Foot) and 3rd Infantry (Mechanized) Divisions, as well as on high-level staffs in Washington, Europe and Asia. He also had the benefit of the US Government’s all expenses paid jungle adventure tour, commanding a 26 man advisory team for a Vietnamese infantry battalion in the field. He was awarded the Silver Star for valor in action, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Dave’s first acquaintance with the local area was in 1968. As Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of Fort Lewis, he brought the general to Vancouver Barracks, then a sub-post of Fort Lewis, to tour local facilities. The tour included Vancouver Barracks and Camp Bonneville, then known as East Garrison. He was determined to return.

In 2005, Dave settled in Washougal, becoming the founding president of his homeowners’ association. He volunteered on the Washougal Planning Commission, as Chairman of the Washougal Civil Service Commission, and as the Planning Commission’s liaison with the Washougal City Council. His wife of 43 years, Lee, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Oregon, is a life-long teacher and educational administrator. Their daughter, Jennifer, resides in Portland where her husband, George, received his Ph. D. in Microbiology from Oregon Health Science University. Jennifer received her Master of Science Degree in Organization and Leadership at Warner Pacific University. Their son, Max, was born in May 2008 while both his parents were pursuing their advanced degrees. Dave’s son and namesake lives in Honolulu, not far from where Dave was born. He recently completed his Master of Science Degree in Information Technology at Hawaii Pacific University. Dave is an active member of Saint Thomas Church in Camas, and an elected local leader in the Knights of Columbus, a 1.7 million member worldwide fraternity of Catholic men. In March 2013, Dave was accepted into the Sons of the American Revolution. Lee managed to track his ancestry all the way back to the Revolutionary War when several of Dave’s ancestors on both sides of the family tree fought to found our republic.

Dave has earned three college degrees – a doctoral degree with a focus on organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco, a master’s degree in Modern Far East History from San Jose State University, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from “The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina,” where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He also graduated from two senior armed forces management and leadership schools, the Air War College and the Army Command and Staff College (Honor Graduate).

In 2005, he was appointed an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition to his teaching credentials in Government, History, and Computers and Related Technologies, Dave is an instrument rated commercial pilot and former flight instructor.

As of 24 October 2013, Dave is a qualified pilot for the Civil Air Patrol. He also serves as Squadron Safety Officer, and holds a Master Rating in the Safety Specialty. As Mission Safety Officer for the Oregon Wing’s Annual US Air Force Evaluation in 2015, Dave led a team that garnered one of two Exceptional ratings. From 2014 to 2016 he served as Oregon Wing Director of Finance. In 2016, Dave was selected as Pacific Region (six states) Director of Finance of the Year, and appointed in September as Oregon Wing Chief of Staff. He flies as pilot in command on communications relay missions in support of US Air Force fighter intercept training whenever he can.

In November 2009, Dave was elected to the Washougal City Council, beginning his four year term on 1 January 2010. He was reelected in 2013, beginning his second four year term on 1 January 2014. He has no plans to run for reelection, and is looking for a fiscal conservative to run for Position 6 on the Council. The general election for this position is scheduled for November 2017, and swearing in for January 2018. Candidates must file in early June 2017.

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