ELECTION 2019 CANDIDATE PROFILE
Candidate’s submitted biography (unedited):
Jaime Arnett, Blaine City Councilmember and Democrat, today announced her candidacy for Whatcom County Council in the 5th District. Jaime comes from a fishing family that has called Blaine and the coast of Whatcom County home for decades. In addition to her Council role, she is the Administrative Executive for Boundary Fish Company, serves children and veterans in need as a grant writer for Bellingham-based Animals as Natural Therapy, and is mother to Gavin.
“Whatcom County residents are facing a variety of significant issues: affordable housing, homelessness, lack of behavioral health resources, a far reaching opioid crisis, climate change, and struggling fishing and agricultural industries,” Jaime said. “I am running for County Council District 5 because I want to take on these issue for the people of my district”.
The 5th District, often referred to as the Coastal District, follows the coast of Whatcom County north of Bellingham. It includes the communities of Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer, Ferndale, Lummi Nation’s reservation, Lummi Island, and Point Roberts. Currently, there is no County Council Member representing this area due to the 2016 redistricting.
Jaime’s connection to the Coastal District and its people runs deep. She grew up in Blaine where her grandfather fished out of Blaine Harbor on his gillnetter the “Messiah”. Her father is a 30-year City of Blaine employee. Jaime is a graduate of Blaine High School and was elected Miss Blaine in 1997 where she represented the community locally and beyond. She earned her BA from Western Washington University and worked as a housing advocate for Habitat for Humanity in Central Oregon and Whatcom County. In service to the community, Jaime coached Little League, volunteered as a youth mentor in the Blaine School District, and is a religious educator at her church.
“As a candidate I will be running a strong and bold campaign focused on better stewardship of the Salish Sea and our people. The health of our people is a reflection of the health of our natural world and we must take better care of both. I have been personally impacted by loss and the helplessness felt during crisis with a mentally ill loved one unable to access resources in Whatcom County. I will advocate for solutions that honor our heritage and traditional values and speak to our optimism for our future.”
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