UPDATE: The print version of this article contained information about a candidate that dropped out of the race after print deadline. Her information has been removed.
The Feb. 22 Enumclaw Council meeting was a lengthy one, with another seven people having put their names into the hat for appointments to the local governing body.
That meant a total of 18 local residents answered the call to serve after former Councilmembers Tony Binion and Kyle Jacobson left their seats when they moved outside city limits earlier this year; each applicant was interviewed by the remaining council members during the Monday meeting.
The council plans to appoint two new members during the March 8 meeting, and then swear them in on March 22.
Here is an introduction to the remaining applicants, in order of when the city received their application.
Up first is Sadie Capps, who has lived in Enumclaw for nearly 15 years with her husband and six children.
“I have chosen to apply for the city council position because over the years, I have come to feel that this is the place where I can be of the most use in helping our wonderful town grow,” she wrote in her application letter. “My goal is to humbly learn from those who know more than me and offer what I can when I can.”
On top of being employed with the White River Credit Union, Capps is a prolific volunteer, having helped out at events such as the annual summer Street Fair, the Christmas and Independence Day parades, the Full Bellies hot meal program, and the Mutual of Enumclaw Kid’s Bike Race.
Next on the list is Debbie Woodall, who hails from a local dairy farm family and has ties to many of Enumclaw’s inner workings. Woodall currently runs her own real estate business associated with John L. Scott Enumclaw, but also has extensive experience with the King County Department of Transportation.
“I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate and work with you on the council and to serve the citizens of Enumclaw,” she wrote. “I constantly strive to be in an environment where I can utilize my communications skills, listening skills, negotiation skills, teamwork and knowledge of the area to bring great customer service.”
On top of her day job, Woodall also volunteers with the Senior Center’s Neighbors Feeding Neighbors hot meal program.
Third up is Corrie Frazier, who has called Enumclaw her home for nearly four decades.
Frazier boasts several skills likely advantageous to a potential council member as a senior tax accountant with Action Tax LLC, specializing in individual and corporate tax preparation.
“My main strengths brought to the council would be in areas of finance, accounting, audit, tax, and dealing with the general public, as well as solving problems and issues thoroughly and thoughtfully,” she wrote. “Should I get appointed or elected, my focus would be on helping to support and develop opportunities for new and existing businesses in our community, promoting fiscal decisions that affect members of our community positively, and, as a mother, aunt, and friend to many here, I would advocate for the safety and support of our community and schools.”
Local artist Ashlyne Faull is fourth on the list. Before she became a small business owner with Rainier Pet Portraits, Faull was a server at The Mint.
“I have had the opportunity to bartend on Cole Street for a period of time,” she wrote. “This position allowed me the opportunity to befriend and get to know the concerns of the community. My ability to communicate and listen are some of my strongest attributes. As we navigate through these trying times, I believe it is these attributes which will be of benefit to this position.”
If appointed, Faull also hopes to spend her time as a council member looking for grant opportunities to fund downtown events and bolster park development.
Up next is former dairy farmer John Koopman, who has lived in Enumclaw since 1986, and currently dabbles in real-estate.
“After watching the divisiveness of politics these last few years, I have decided to throw my hat into the fray,” he wrote. “This is my home and I plan on being here the rest of my life and I feel the best way to keep unity and balance in Enumclaw is to get involved.”
Koopman also sports experience as a commissioner for the King County Ditch District No. 6 for 30 years, and is currently an elder at his local church.
Following Koopman is Leah-Cherri Day, a dual businesses owner with Rouge Roots Hot Yoga and Modern Fire Protection.
“As a member of the city council I would focus on the decisions that would benefit our people the most, and do my part to ensure that as city government and leadership with are providing guidance, support, and a strong voice for our community,” she wrote. “I would do everything in my power to ensure that we hold a strong voice for Enumclaw in the state of Washington, as well as King County, and that we ensure that we are standing out in the county and that our needs are not washed away.”
Day is married to Jacob Day, who has also applied for a council position.
The final applicant is Robert Veitch, who has more than three decades of experience working with utility construction and operations, and currently works as the chief operating officer at Sumner’s Potelco & InfraSource.