Candidate for Ketchikan City Council
I am married to the love of my life Donald. I am currently Director of Love In Action, a local non-profit that provides services to many in out community each year. I have spent the last 25 years working with non-profits in our community. Serving on the board of the Ketchikan Committee for the Homeless (PATH), Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, First City Homeless Services, Ketchikan Ministerial Association. I also worked for a 1 1/2 for the Salvation Army.
Ketchikan is a special place to live and raise a family. We live in a beautiful, safe and caring community. We are known as a community that rises to each occasion whether it is raising funds for someone who is sick or supporting our local sports teams and non-profits.
I would like an opportunity to serve on the City Council so as to take that extra step of working together with others to improve our community. I come from a unique perspective in that I have worked with low-income community members for many years. They are vital members of our community and many times overlooked.
The following issues are areas that I need to learn more about but believe are vitally important to our community:
1. The management of our docks - This is a monumental decision. Do we as the City continue to manage them or do we contract with an outside company to do this on our behalf? If we contract with an outside management company how does that affect current City employees? Can someone else do a better job? Is it really in our best interest to cede this responsibility to an outside source?
2. The Hospital contract. I have had many dealings with PeaceHealth Ktn Medical Center. My husband and I have had great health management from the doctors that we have seen over the years. But I have had a bad experience with charges for services that we expressly refused. Ketchikan deserves to have a hospital with not only the best service providers but the best administration as well.
3. Clean water. It seems that our water filtration system is in bad shape. Sometimes we have to bite the bullet and do what needs to be done to keep our residents safe.
4. Ketchikan needs more low-income housing units. We have lost so many units through the closing of building downtown due to demolition and or purchasing by someone else and being remodeled to serve another need. What can we do together to meet this need?
If you vote for me you will get someone who is honest, upfront and willing to work together to meet the needs of all our residents. Thank you for your consideration.
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