ELECTION 2019 CANDIDATE PROFILE
Candidate’s submitted biography (unedited):
Ferndale currently faces important decisions regarding our infrastructure and direction of growth. These decisions will affect our city and residents for years to come, and helping make these decisions is a serious responsibility. Our growing community deserves a thoughtful, independent representative, willing to ask tough questions and work with and for the residents of Ferndale toward reasonable, well-balanced solutions and smart growth, which is why I decided to run for Ferndale City Council.
I moved to Whatcom County nearly 20 years ago and in 2011 I moved to Ferndale with my husband Brendon and our two sons. We have made Ferndale our home and are proud to be members of this community. In 2003, I graduated from WWU’s Fairhaven College with a self-designed BA in Cross-Cultural Awareness and Communication in the Field of Mental Health. I spent the next ten years working in retail in Bellingham and served on two United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) contract negotiating committees to secure improvements to employee wage and benefit packages.
After returning to school part-time, I earned my post-baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal Studies from Whatcom Community College in 2012. I secured a position as an immigration paralegal before finishing my certificate program and have worked as a paralegal and office manager for Boundary Bay Law in Bellingham since the establishment of the firm in 2015.
I have made service to my community a priority in order to work for positive growth and promote opportunities for success for our fellow community members. With the Ferndale Emergency Resource Network (FERN), Ferndale Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), and Whatcom Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), I work as part of a team of community members to accomplish our goals. On the School Bond Task Force and the Support Ferndale Schools Committee, I collected information, reviewed data, and worked to build consensus on a plan for the much-needed bond to rebuild Ferndale High School. I have seen firsthand that our community can achieve great things when we work together. l hope to continue working toward a healthier and more vibrant city for all of us as one of our next City Council members.
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