ELECTION 2013: Roxanne Murphy seeks Bellingham Council seat to protect quality of life


I sincerely thank The Bellingham Herald and every one of its readers for this opportunity to provide more information on why I'm running for Bellingham City Council at-large, and why I'm seeking your vote in the Aug. 6 primary election.

I've lived in Washington State for all 37 years of my life, and from the moment I arrived in Bellingham, I knew that this is exactly where I belong. I love Bellingham for how progressive it is, how it supports small businesses, the way it protects the environment and offers such tremendous recreational opportunities outside of each and every doorstep.

This is the exact quality of life that I want to preserve in our great city. At the same time, the Bellingham City Council has important work to do to improve the city that we love.

I'm running to join the City Council to protect Lake Whatcom to ensure it provides clean drinking water, increase support for the small business community, redevelop Bellingham's waterfront and downtown and improve public safety for all of Bellingham's families, schools and neighborhoods.

I'm the most qualified candidate in this race due to my professional, cultural and educational background. I'm an eighth-generation member of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and I currently serve as an assistant administrator for my tribal government where I focus on supervising staff, shaping policies, supporting our tribal council and creating effective community outreach. I earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Central Washington University and a master's degree in public administration from Evergreen State College. I also have a stellar background in improving local government and organizations through my previous work for the City of Tacoma, the Woodland Park Zoo and the Weyerhaeuser Company.

In Bellingham, I'm a proud resident of the Lettered Streets neighborhood. Giving back to my community is part of who I am. Working with my neighbors, we've helped make G Street safer by reporting crime, cleaning up the street and pushing the city to pick up abandoned vehicles. I'd love to bring this public safety focus to the entire Bellingham community.

Like so many of you, I appreciate the incredible recreation community that we live in and the fun and challenging fitness events that we host, which are good for our local economy. Visitors have constantly told me how lucky I am to live here, and I wholeheartedly agree, while hiking, skiing and completing cycling rides in the Tour de Whatcom, the Chuckanut Century and Ski to Sea. I'll protect these recreation amenities for you and your family because your health and wellness is so important to me and to the health and wellness of our entire city!

Ever since I filed for this race, I've been running just as fast to earn your support. I've thoroughly enjoyed meeting with residents, community leaders, neighborhood associations, unions, special interest groups, taking part in community forums and fundraising the most in this race. I'll also be heading to your neighborhood soon as our doorbelling efforts take off.

Gratefully, I've received the sole endorsement in this race from the Whatcom County Democrats, Whatcom County Democratic Women's Club, Whatcom County Young Democrats, Western Washington University Democrats, Washington Conservation Voters, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Bellingham/Whatcom County Firefighters Association and Bellingham City Council members Seth Fleetwood, Cathy Lehman, Gene Knutson and Stan Snapp. I've also been endorsed by many other Bellingham business and community leaders and residents. Even more organizational and individual endorsements are rolling in, so be sure to visit our campaign website and Facebook site below to follow these great developments!

Currently, I work week in and week out to improve the livelihood and well-being of my Nooksack tribal members. Now, I'm asking for your support in this race so I can improve the quality of life in Bellingham for you and every single person in your tribe!

I sincerely hope this background on my dedication to Bellingham, local government, education, diversity and the ability to win uphill battles in cycling and in life will help earn your vote in the Aug. 6 primary election.

For more information, visit electroxanne.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/electroxanne, call 360-647-ROXY (7699) or email electroxanne@gmail.com.

Here's to building the brightest future for Bellingham!


Roxanne Murphy is one of three candidates running for the two-year term for the Bellingham City Council at-large seat being vacated by Seth Fleetwood. The top two candidates in the Aug. 6 primary advance to the Nov. 4 general election.

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