Saturday, October 26, 2019

City Banked Capacity

The proposal from City staff that we draw 100% of our banked capacity next year is yet another symptom of an administration that has failed for years to plan ahead for the future needs of our city and instead are now scrambling to find a way to react to a largely self-imposed emergency. It’s time to stop postponing the tough decisions. Why should we suffer a huge tax increase when the City was willing to give developers eight years of no property taxes. And was willing to forego hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential fees when we're still trying to determine how to pay for the wastewater treatment plant. Once again, this Administration would prefer to pretend residents don't have to pay for its excesses rather than face the truth of their own poor decision making.

We do need to fund the operations of our city, but it’s time for the City to stop backing our citizens into a corner with inadequate time or information for Council to make these serious decisions. It’s time for your City Council to take back its power to fight for you, the people paying the bills. With the right people in place, our residents’ interests can be brought to the forefront. The choice is yours. Vote for people who will fight for you.

A Public Hearing will be held by the Ferndale City Council on Monday, November 4th, at 6 p.m. at Council Chambers/City Hall Annex (5694 Second Ave.) regarding the 2020 property tax levy.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Doing this together!

It is an honor to be endorsed and supported by so many people I respect and admire.  Thank you to each and every one of you, and to everyone who has contributed or volunteered for my campaign.  You are the reason I truly believe that we can achieve great outcomes for our community when we work together!

Read the letters of support I have received here.

Now that ballots are arriving in mailboxes, the decision is in your hands.  As a voter, you get to use your vote to choose who will serve our community in public office, and I would be honored to receive your vote to serve on our Ferndale City Council. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

General Election Ballots Coming Soon!

Ballots were mailed today and should be arriving in mailboxes on Friday and Saturday!  You still have time to register or update your registration (online and by mail until October 28th and in person at the auditor's office until November 5th!)

November 5th!

Find out more at!

You can see the Whatcom County Voter Guide online here.

OR contact the Whatcom County Auditor with questions at:

Monday, October 7, 2019

We'd better get started!

I've talked with a number of people who tell me that the issues I want to tackle on City Council, like addressing access to public transit and creating a watershed-wide plan for our water infrastructure will be challenging and will take a long time. The issues aren't going to go away just because they are hard to address. We are going to need to work together to do it. My response over and over - We'd better get started!

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