Majority of Council Endorses Watson for Mayor

Release Date: Sept. 17, 2015
(Updated Oct. 8 to include quote from Teamsters Union)

Ferndale City Councilmembers Endorse Watson for Mayor

The majority of Ferndale City Council announced today they are endorsing fellow councilmember Cathy Watson to be the next Mayor of Ferndale. Councilmembers Mel Hansen, Brent Goodrich, Keith Olson, and Paul Ingram believe Watson is the best person to lead Ferndale into the future.

“I am pleased to endorse Cathy for the position of Ferndale Mayor,” said councilmember Mel Hansen. “I have served with Cathy for the last four years and have found her to be always prepared, and her decision making is always what is best for the City of Ferndale.”

“During her four years on Council, Cathy has earned my trust and respect,” added Councilmember Brent Goodrich. “I trust her to be Ferndale’s next mayor and to lead our city with dignity and respect for others.”

“I am very proud to endorse Cathy Watson for Mayor of Ferndale,” Councilmember Keith Olson said. “Cathy works hard to find common ground with the six other councilmembers and always finds a way to make it happen. That’s the kind of mayor Ferndale has had for the last eight years and the kind we need now. I also commend her on not accepting a single penny to finance her campaign.”

“It has been my great pleasure to serve on this council with Cathy,” said Councilmember Paul Ingram. “She is the only candidate with the integrity, honesty, leadership and proven problem solving experience we need to move Ferndale forward. Cathy is a brilliant, proven administrator I am proud to endorse.”

“I’m so honored to have the support of my peers on Council,” Watson responded. “Though we may occasionally disagree on policy and solutions, we always find a way to move forward together and do what’s best for the people of Ferndale.

Watson has also been endorsed by the Teamsters Union, which represents more than half of Ferndale City staff, and the Whatcom County Association of Realtors, a 500-member nonprofit organization founded in 1908 to serve the real estate community of Whatcom County.

“With Cathy Watson, the voters have a unique opportunity to elect an intelligent, dynamic mayor who will work diligently to represent all the citizens of Ferndale,” said Rich Ewing, Secretary/Treasurer of Teamsters Local 231.

Watson has served on Council since January 2012 and was chosen by her fellow councilmembers to be Mayor Pro Tempore in January 2014 after only two years on Council. The Mayor Pro Tempore stands in for the Mayor whenever he is absent.

In addition to being Mayor Pro Tempore, Watson is Chair of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee and a member of the Public Works Committee. She is also Council liaison to the Ferndale Arts Commission and the Ferndale Service Cooperative Board. Watson is also committed to community service, volunteering with the American Red Cross; Ferndale Auxiliary Communications Service, Boys & Girls Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis Club; Friends of the Ferndale Library; Ferndale School District Graduation Advisory Committee and Vista Middle School Girls Robotics Club; and the Whatcom Unified Emergency Management Team.

Before moving to Ferndale, Watson worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center where she managed nine space shuttle and space station experiment teams helping scientists determine how living in space affected astronauts’ physical and mental health. Watson is also a veteran of the Coast Guard (active duty and reserves) and Navy reserves; a former NASA scientist, public affairs officer, and Webmaster; and middle school math and science teacher.

More information on Watson’s skills and experience is available on her campaign Web site, www.cathywatson.us.

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