I am a third generation 29 Palms resident. My grandfather, Art Krushat, established a homestead in 1929 and my father, Les Krushat, was elected to the first 29 Palms City Council in 1987. I have owned property in Twentynine Palms for many years and have lived in the surrounding desert cities, on and off, since 1962.
After retiring from the Department of Defense (Defense Intelligence Agency) and returning to 29 Palms with my wife Beverly, I have continued my commitment to service through community activities. As a member of the Kiwanis Club of 29 Palms, I have been active in raising funds and working on projects that support our community children and youth programs. As a member and Director of the 29 Palms Historical Society, I have donated my time and funding for the construction of the new Founders Hall and new historical displays for the Old Schoolhouse Museum. As a City Planning Commissioner I have worked to support and facilitate new downtown development projects which have included the new Starbucks, Campbell Hill Bakery and other motel and retail ventures. I am a 1981 graduate of West Point and received my MBA from the University of Redlands in 2004. I am also a U.S. Army veteran having served seven years as an infantry officer in the United States and overseas. As a civilian intelligence officer, I completed several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to my military and government service, I worked for 16 years in the defense industry as an engineer and in senior management positions for several major contractors.
I have a deep historical and family connection with the City of 29 Palms. I would like the opportunity to use my many years of leadership, management, and business experience to ensure positive growth in 29 Palms as a member of the City Council.