Councilmember Cathy Watson, Incumbent and Candidate, City Council Position 5

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Cathy Watson for Council campaign site!

Though my opponent has suspended his campaign, it’sĀ important to me that I earn your vote.

I’m running to remain on the Ferndale City Council because public service and helping others are two of my core values.

Veteran, Scientist, Mentor

I served our Nation in the Coast Guard (active duty and reserves) and Navy (reserves), as well as at NASA. Now I serve my community as a Ferndale City Councilmember, student mentor, and volunteer.

Stronger Together

I believe that working together as a community enables us to achieve more than we ever could as individuals. That’s why during my six years on City Council I’ve focused on listening to and working with residents, business owners, elected officials at all levels, and City staff to build a stronger, more prosperous Ferndale.

A Growing City

Ferndale has grown in so many ways in the 10 years I’ve lived here and we’re going to continue to grow. I do think it’s time we sat down as a community and talked about what kind of town we want to be in five, 10, 20 years, though. I don’t think we can completely pull up the drawbridge so no one else can move here, but we can take a long, hard look at how many residents our City facilities (roads, wells, water treatment plants, etc.) can provide for.

Ferndale is having a Community Meeting on Nov. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Pioneer Pavilion. I hope you can be there to take part in the discussion – City Staff and elected officials need to hear your thoughts.

Leader and Teammate

My more than two decades of leadership and management experience help me work well with others to find solutions to the complex problems facing our community, while also championing individual projects like the new Ferndale Library, the planned Thornton/I-5 Connector, and improved emergency preparedness.

Preserving Family-Wage Jobs

I believe it’s vitally important we preserve our existing family-wage jobs while also working to create more jobs that pay enough so you can own a home and give your kids the opportunities they need to become successful adults.

With the new Ferndale Made marketing campaign, I’m fighting to recruit entrepreneurs and manufacturing/agricultural businesses to the Ferndale area, bringing their additional family-wage jobs with them.

My Values

Finally, it’s important you know I never have, and never will, make a promise to you I cannot keep, and I will always tell you the truth. Those are my values and I live by them every day.

I promise you this, if you honor me with your vote, I will continue to focus my efforts 24/7 on making Ferndale an even better place to live and work.

Learn More

You can learn more about my Council Experience, Community Service, Background, and Supporters by clicking on the highlighted text or on the tabs above.

When You’re Ready to Vote

As you complete your ballot, I would be honored to receive your vote so I may continue Working for You. I know that together we will make Ferndale a better place to work, raise a family, and thrive as a community.

Contact Me

If you have any questions or would like to meet, please email me at


Cathy Watson
Candidate, Ferndale City Council, Position 5

Endorsed by the Teamsters Union (Local #231), Whatcom County Association of Realtors, and Ferndale Councilmember Greg Hansen