Mike Reilly – Ferndale City Council Pos. 3

ELECTION 2019 CANDIDATE PROFILE

Mike Reilly. Photo courtesy of Mike Reilly.

Candidate’s submitted biography (unedited):

Elected experience:  I previously served on the Ferndale City Council for 3 terms

Other professional experience: I retired from the United States Postal Service where my last position was the station manager of the Mt Baker station. Member of Medical Waste Taskforce and Flood Advisory Board.

Education: Graduate of Lewis-Cark State College.

Community Service: 

I belong to Saint Joseph Catholic Church where I am currently a member of the Finance Committee and the Knights of Columbus. I served previously on the Parish Council, Religious Education Board, and was a religious education teacher.  I am a member of Disabled American Veterans.

Statement:  I am running for Council because there is a disconnect between the city and it’s citizens. If elected I will make the following proposals: a 6 month moratorium on issuing new residential permits; we need to evaluate if our water situation is sustainable; Committee meetings should be moved to early morning or evening so residents can attend; send to the voters a proposal to divide the city into 7 wards so all areas  have a member on the council; zero based budgeting at least once every ten years. Each department starts at zero and has to justify positions and money being asked for like it is a brand new department; I will not support the waiving of fees for residential developers; I support downtown revitalization but we need to be open for development in other areas; I support Cherry Point industry and the refining of Bakken oil. I support  the North Bellingham area becoming part of the city. My great-Grandfather arrived in Ferndale in 1872. Many of his descendants are still living here and I hope in the future.  If elected I will serve the residents to the best of my ability.

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