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,


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Watson Awarded Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Release Date: June 4, 2015

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Mayoral Candidate Cathy Watson Awarded Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Ferndale City Councilmember and mayoral candidate, Cathy Watson, has received her Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Councilmember Watson completed more than 30 hours of training credits to earn this distinction, including courses in Municipal Budgeting and Fiscal Management, Labor Relations, and Local Government Leadership.

“The CML program has helped me be a better councilmember and prepare myself for the additional responsibilities of the office of Mayor,” Watson said.

The CML program is designed to enhance the abilities of elected officials by providing them with the knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships.

“I’m committed to the continuing education required to be an effective public servant,” Watson added. “That’s why I’ll be attending the AWC Annual Conference this month to learn more about how other cities are reinvigorating their communities, share ideas for making our City processes more efficient, and build relationships with representatives from cities facing the same issues as Ferndale.”

Watson has served on the Ferndale City Council since January 2012 and 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’s varied career has included working as a Coast Guard electronics technician; NASA meteorologist, public affairs officer, NASA TV commentator, and experiment manager; and middle school math and science teacher.

The Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the State legislature, executive branch, and regulatory agencies. The goal of the AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the state. Though membership is voluntary, the AWC maintains a 100% participation rate from all of Washington’s 281 cities and towns.


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The Campaign Begins

As the candidate filing week passes the half way point, the Ferndale Mayor’s race is filling up quickly. As of 4:30 p.m. today (May 13), four people, including myself, have entered the race. By filing, each of us is making a commitment to work as hard getting your vote as we will if we’re elected Mayor. Frankly, I intend to out work everyone. And though being Mayor is officially a part-time job, if elected, it will be my #1 priority.

Between now and the Aug. 4 primary, I’ll be spending my time meeting with people in small groups and with community organizations, as well as attending every event in Ferndale. Feel free to put your event in a comment below or send me an email at to get your event on my calendar.

I’ll also be posting here so you will have the opportunity to ask me questions, as well as get a better understanding of what I think and the skills I’ll bring to the job of Mayor. I will be using my campaign Facebook page to connect with voters, but the in-depth information will always be on this Web site.

If this is your first time visiting the site, I hope you spend some time exploring. I’ve had a very interesting life so far and those experiences enable me to bring a wide variety of skills and talents to the job of Mayor. As I’m not in the habit of talking about myself, or doing the shameless self promotion many politicians seem to enjoy, I’m hoping even those of you who know me will discover something about me you never knew.

Respectfully yours,


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