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Letter to the Editor: Endorses Fegan and Milton for City Council

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I write to offer endorsements of Maralise Fegan and Anya Milton for Ferndale City Council. I’ve worked with both Maralise and Anya through the Bond Task Force and the Support Ferndale Schools campaign committee for the Ferndale School District bond. Maralise and Anya are running for office for the right reasons, out of thoughtful concern for the future of Ferndale. They already devote much time and energy to improving life in Ferndale, and the next step of serving on city council will maximize their considerable skills and contributions.

Maralise Fegan has a talent for listening to multiple viewpoints and quickly finding common ground. She uses data to make smart decisions, and is willing to ask challenging questions in order to find out more. She presents complex information in multiple ways, to provide the needed background information for all citizens to understand. The bond simply wouldn’t have passed without Maralise’s commitment to developing a reasonable bond package and to the subsequent campaigns. Maralise works diligently to keep our community safer, through the Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), Whatcom Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Ferndale Emergency Resource Network (FERN), and Ferndale Youth Emergency Services club (YES). She will work to find solutions to our current challenges, using her thoughtful and team-building approach.

Anya Milton will advocate for all of Ferndale’s citizens. She has an extensive track record–through Access Freedom, Northwest Youth Services, and the Boys and Girls Club–of lifting marginalized voices. Her work for the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce demonstrates her commitment to growing business in Ferndale, and developing the community support and infrastructure required for a thriving local economy. Anya helps her teams develop visions and goals, then make actionable plans for implementation. Her leadership very much empowers the people around her; Anya makes space for every member of a group to contribute. Anya’s service as co-chair of the Ferndale School District Bond Oversight Committee symbolizes her high expectations for accountability, both for herself and the organizations she serves.

Like Joe Lupo, I live just outside the city limits, but for 20 years now, my heart has been squarely in the city of Ferndale. Maralise and Anya represent the very best of Ferndale, emphasizing the unity in our community. Please vote for Maralise Fegan and Anya Milton for Ferndale City Council.

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Amy S Nylen

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