​​​"I promise to treat the donor dollars with the same respect and scrutiny as I did the tax dollars of the people of the State of Washington." ​

They tried to jam this new version of the O-96 on us as beanheads in 1982.  But, the power of the uproar of the graduate community quickly killed it and the original was restored.  That power should be just as strong today.

Making sure you get the representation and accountability you deserve!

When I was a teenager, I was a Teamster. I drove a forklift on the loading docks. I was not a choirboy. I decided to put my union card on inactive status for a while and follow the family tradition of military service. The USAF Security Service/ESC overlooked my youthful indiscretions and allowed me to enlist as an Intelligence Analyst 20230A. I was hand-picked and assigned to the DOD JOCC at RAF Chicksands. After being entrusted with our nation's highest secrets as a teenager, they decided to make me a Mustang Officer and sent me to the USAF Academy Preparatory School before I become a member of the Class of 1986.

​I could not fly, and felt the taxpayers sent me to a service academy to lead men in battle, so I cross-commissioned into the Army Infantry and served in the 101st Airborne Division until I was medically discharged. I then picked up a law degree at the University of Colorado School of Law and co-founded Spaulding Barlean, LLP, in Everett, Washington, a four attorney law firm, where I was the managing partner. During this time I was twice elected to the City Council of Langley, Washington.

In 1998, I became the third USAFA graduate elected to a Legislature when I was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives. I was the only freshman my Speaker appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee and I was also seated on the Capital Budget Committee. I was promoted after one year to Vice Chairman of Appropriations where we were tasked with producing the state's 19 billion dollar discretionary Operating budget. I served one more term in the House before returning to the full-time practice of law.

I then returned to Colorado and became the City Attorney/Municipal Prosecutor for Sterling Colorado until 2011. I have since been a sole practitioner in Shawnee, Oklahoma, residing near Tara's parents raising our three children 16, 15, & 11.

I am Running to Bring Transparency to the AOG Board.

One of chief gripes that I have heard out on the campaign trail is that no one knows what the AOG is doing at their board meetings.  They use the same record keeping method that I used when I was on the Langley City Council in 1994.  A secretary/clerk keeps minutes which are written down and then approved at the next meeting several months later then posted on the AOG website.  This 20th Century method is legally sufficient, but it is prone to problems.  For example, in Langley, the minutes of the prior meeting were typically approved without comment, but if a topic later proved controversial or popular, usually due to newspaper reporting, the minutes would be amended at the request of members to either exclude, include or modify their comments for the next newspaper article.  In the AOG's case where the meetings are months apart, accuracy is lost is lost due to long passage of time between meetings or absence of the board members from the last meeting.  Thus, accuracy of the minutes is compromised and the membership's ability to track the Board's business is obfuscated.

I see no reason why the AOG cannot do what I discovered and experienced when I was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1998. Transparency there was an automatic part of daily life.  All of our Committee Hearings were recorded and placed online so anyone with internet access could either listen live or hear the recordings later at their convenience. The Floor speeches could also be heard over the internet. Televising the Floor speeches turned out to be a bad idea as the speeches increased in length with no corresponding increase in substance for some reason – especially during the re-election years.

In conclusion, the AOG has the ability to incorporate modern technology into its board meetings and website.  It could post with specificity beforehand the agenda for meetings, save the privileged portions,  and Skype (or something similar) the meetings to allow the membership to hear/see the board meetings as they occur (except for the privileged portions in executive session) and even schedule a time on the agenda to allow members to bring up nonscheduled topics and ideas.  Staff just needs to limit members’ time to prevent disruption and to ensure the flow of the meeting.  The results of the executive sessions and the entirety of the meetings could then be recorded for later access by members unable to view the meeting's live stream.  Likewise, non-privileged exhibits could be scanned and be available for viewing by the membership.

This is what I have in mind for transparency.  If this works for you, let me work for you!

Vote Kelly Barlean for AOG Board!

Future Mustang     Second USAFA Cadet Assigned      Somewhere in the Persian Gulf in 1987 

       Officer                  to a Navy War Ship, in 1985.

                                        The USS Cleveland LPD-7

My First Bill Signing in 1999.  Bill Saved                       The Barleans Fall of 2014 

the Whidbey Island Game Farm & earned               

me a Sierra Club endorsement.


Kelly Barlean, '86
Experience you can Trust!