Gary Jensen Support Letter

First, my respect goes out to every citizen that steps forward to serve the public by running for local office. Way to go!

In Ferndale, Connie Faria and Cathy Watson are both committed and experienced councilmembers and would do well for Ferndale’s future. Cathy, in particular, sets the standard for what public service should be.

In the Whatcom County Council positions, it is time for some diversity of thought. We are one county filled with many different opinions and desires. I don’t believe the goal was ever to dominate the council with members from one city or one party. Tyler Byrd and Mary Kay Robinson will bring a new and different perspective.

As to the Port of Bellingham, Dan Robbins has proven his value for the last four years. He is a full-time commissioner, never missing a meeting and attending many community events. The port is different than other political bodies in that it is a business that, by law, must be profitable. We all need Dan Robbins’ experience. In the same vein is Ken Bell, who brings valuable experience in operating in numerous ports around the world. Both Dan Robbins and Ken Bell are wise choices.

Gary Jensen
Ferndale

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Marla Morrow Support Letter

As the City of Ferndale transitions to a new era of governmental leadership with the upcoming election, the preeminent choice for City Council Position 5 is clear: Cathy Watson. During her six years on City Council, Cathy has earned the respect of many for her work as a civic leader and public servant. She has been awarded the distinguished Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities that is “designed to enhance the abilities of elected officials with knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds and foster staff and community relationships.”

Cathy Watson understands the complexities of all issues.  She possesses critical thinking skills and an aptitude for creative problem-solving. She listens with respect and affords thoughtful consideration to all perspectives before advancing an opinion or decision. She is the City Council liaison to the Ferndale Arts Commission and actively supported the commission’s efforts to involve the community in creating a colorful mural on the water tank at the intersection of Thornton and Vista. She was a stalwart proponent for the construction of a new home for the Ferndale Public Library where she now volunteers her expertise as a former NASA meteorologist and middle school math and science teacher to instruct youth in vitally important STEM education, helping them gain the essential skills for 21st century jobs. (She started the library’s LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Club). She also helped put on the solar eclipse viewing event sponsored by the library and the city.

She has and will continue to better the City of Ferndale in myriad ways with exceptional qualifications and servitude. Re-elect the best for Ferndale City Council Position 5: Cathy Watson.

Marla Morrow
Ferndale, WA

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Laurie Irwin Support Letter

If you want a councilmember who listens to your concerns and helps you get the answers to your questions, then vote to keep Cathy Watson on the Ferndale City Council.

I’m a small business owner in Ferndale. My ability to retire is based on my ability to sell my business. I had some questions about the current zoning around my business that might impact my ability to sell it, so I reached out to Cathy. She explained the process for zoning changes, then arranged for me to meet with the city’s development director and finally followed up with me to see if I needed any additional help.

Because of the personal attention she paid to me, I also reached out to her when my uncle, who has a farm on Church Rd, had concerns about future road access to his property. Cathy immediately contacted him to arrange a time to meet. That meeting lasted for an hour as she walked with him around his property, listening carefully to his issues and explaining the next steps he would face as his concerns were addressed by the city’s hearing examiner.

Cathy cares deeply about Ferndale and its residents. When she says she’ll do something, you can absolutely count on her to get it done. Her campaign tag line is “Working for You” and her last six years on council have clearly shown us that this is very true. Please vote to keep Cathy Watson on council so she can continue to work for us.

Laurie Irwin
Ferndale, WA

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