Mr. Reta is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, and he was also part of the bicentennial color guard for the Wagon Train in 1976. He attended Nooksack Valley high school, then Bellingham Technical Institution and Whatcom Community College.
Mr. Reta has experience working in agriculture and in the dairy business. He worked for the Intalco Aluminum Corporation from 1969 to 1990. He was also the owner of a restaurant, “La Lomita” and is currently the owner of “Colima Design,” a clothing design and alteration company.
He has been an active member on several boards and committees, including the Bellingham Herald Advisory Committee, the F.D.A board, the Whatcom county D.V. Commission, and the Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board member association. He was the vice-president of the F.D.D.A. from 2007 to 2008, and has been the founder of Northwest Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since 2007.
He has won several awards, including the Top Ten Whatcom County Most Giving Award in 2009, and the Whatcom County Peacebuilder/Cross-Cultural award in 2009. He is also a cultural affairs adviser to Chief of Police Michael Knapp. He is the bilingual host every Wednesday on KSVR 91.7 FM. You can listen live to J. Manuel Reta every Wednesday at 11am on KSVR in Skagit.
“It was an honor for me to be able to serve on the Hispanic commission. Most of my life I have spent serving the community and helping people. I am determined to use my authority to reach out to community leaders, and ask the important questions in reference to the community needs and existing issues.
His goal as commissioner is to communicate and bring respect and trust to all that I encounter in our communities. We need our fellow taxpayers to respond to the needs of our counties, state, and country. I will make myself a voice for those that aren’t heard when they need assistance