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Ferndale mayoral and city council candidates, including those running unopposed, answered questions posed during a public forum Tuesday, October 13th, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center hosted by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.
Each candidate was offered 2 minutes to respond to questions asked. Ferndale High School social studies teachers, Scott Browne and Jennifer Kubic, served as moderators. Many students could be seen in the crowd of nearly 70 attendees.
The following is a depiction of the questions and answers but in some cases responses have been paraphrased. This is not to alter the intended meaning or emphasis but due to limitations in hearing and recording verbatim.
Question: What three positives would you bring to the position?
Jon Mutchler – I listen and discover what people’s needs are. I make myself accessible and available and meet with those who disagree with me. I have integrity. The tribe has endorsed me not because I agree with them but because I have integrity.
Rebecca Xczar – My profession gives me a unique perspective on how decisions effect property values and what can be done with properties. I’m a good listener and like to hear all sides before making decisions. I’m a hard worker, sometimes to a fault.
Paul Ingram – I abhor those who do not tell the truth. Good listener but not to nonsense. Decision-making is my strongest asset. And I have done it under fire.
Keith Olson – My former employer gave me great insights into budgeting and living within a budget. Honesty – I say what I mean even if not all agree with me.
Greg Hanson – I’m an even tempered person. I am use to talking to people from all walks of life and backgrounds. I can relate to just about everyone. I am a life-long learner. I am looking forward to studying how best to govern Ferndale.
Cathy Watson – I’m an expert in systems and that’s how I view the city – it’s a holistic perspective. I’m a straight shooter who tells people what I’m thinking. I’m a hard worker who is involved in a lot of activities in the community.
Glenn Stewart – I bring my experience over the last 40 years in private industries. I have run stores with large and small payrolls. I’ve made my mistakes like everyone. I’m a writer by trade at this point. My books require lots of research. I like facts and data. Leadership – I’ve spent life building and leading teams. Built big box stores from the ground up.
Teresa Taylor – I’m educated. I got my education here in Whatcom county plus in Seattle. I have experience in tribal government working with a number of other agencies. I’m a mother – my daughter is here tonight and I’m very proud of her. This is the city of opportunity.
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