After serving 12 years as an elected official for the city of Enumclaw, four years as a council member and on the final homestretch of eight years as mayor, I have decided to not seek re-election in 2017.
I stepped in the political arena shortly after moving to Enumclaw. Taking the helm as the first female to be elected to the office of mayor in a community rich in history, did not come without its challenges.
I have enjoyed working with so many individuals on a local, county, state and federal level. Although at times solutions to problems seemed daunting to resolve but it has been rewarding to participate in a form of democracy that on a local level is functional and collaborative.
Our community should be very proud of the way their local government handles itself with an honest and approachable open door attitude. I cannot find the words to describe how very proud and appreciative I am to have such a wonderful group of employees to work with over these past years.
This was not an easy decision to come to after so many years of placing your community first. City Hall, in ways, becomes your family and while I look forward to being able to spend quality time with my family and friends and once again pursue those outdoor adventures and artistic creations that pull at my heart. I am honored to have played a part in Enumclaw’s history and hopefully inspired other women to actively seek elected offices.
Enumclaw, I took you through one of the toughest recessionary times that most of you know and into a time where we now see a positive upward lift.
I believe that is time for someone new to step up to the helm bringing fresh ideas and I wanted to allow adequate time for the community of Enumclaw to really ponder, actively discuss who they feel would best represent the community with a fair, trustworthy, honest and whole community –mindedness approach.
Thank you for being so supportive over the years and allowing me to represent you. It has been a true privilege and honor.
Best wishes always.