Before you vote for me, I thought you might want to know a bit more about me.
Elected twice to City Council Ward 4, and then by my peers, I helped lead our community as president of the Bellingham City Council. I’ve focused on economic development, housing, outdoor recreation, and criminal justice reform. I’ve worked hard on making sure that Lake Whatcom – the source for half of Whatcom County’s drinking water – is clean, and worked to increase jobs and grow our economy.
I worked together with the County and local elected officials from Ferndale, Lynden and other cities and towns on many initiatives like: emergency medical services, criminal justice, affordable housing, wayfinding, and economic development. Worked with our Legislatures on funding for aquatic invasive species and waterfront cleanup dollars from the Model Toxins Control Act.
When I’m not on the council, I work for Puget Sound Energy to help businesses, both large and small, save both money and energy. This helps our local economy stay strong, while keeping rates down.
Working with nonprofits, and businesses has really prepared me to lead the city. I understand how critical our local businesses are, and how vulnerable they are to increased taxes and burdensome regulations.
I was born in Canada, most of my family still resides there. I’m from a large family I have 56 first cousins with many diverse opinions, which is a great training ground for politics.
I have dedicated the last six years to public service and feel privileged to have this opportunity. I agree with Senator Paul Wellstone who said, “Politics should be about improving people’s lives.”
In recognition of my professional accomplishments, I was awarded PSE’s “Energy Award” for 2017 and was nominated for Whatcom Professional Woman of the Year.