Election View: Kershner works for strong businesses, healthy community

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 4, 2013 

Thank you Whatcom County for the confidence you have shown in my ability to be your representative. It has been an incredible experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed working for you over the past four years! You elected me in 2009 to bring common-sense leadership to our county government, protect our most vulnerable, listen to all and serve with a "Whatcom County first" agenda. Working together, we have made significant progress on many important community projects. But I haven't accomplished all I'd like to for our community; there is much more work to do.

I faced some tough personal challenges during my first term. I was diagnosed with aggressive, stage 4 lymphoma the day before the election in 2009. As I fought and won the battle against cancer, I realized that one of the most important things I could do for my children was to leave a healthy legacy.

This is why I work hard on the council to ensure that Whatcom County remains a healthy and vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family. We do that by ensuring we have a strong, diverse, thriving economy that offers family-wage jobs; protecting and preserving our pristine environment; and supporting common-sense policies that advance the potential of everyone.

A healthy community depends on an economy that produces family-wage jobs and promotes a strong business environment. Businesses need to know that their investment will not be wasted when they locate to or expand in Whatcom County. They need stable, predictable regulations and land use policy. They need a "how can we help you" attitude when they apply for a permit to build or expand. Businesses need an educated workforce and they need their community to support and recognize the important role they play in creating healthy communities. They are the economic engine and the job developers. Let's put the "Welcome" sign out for Whatcom County businesses!

Taking care of our environment is not only the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to do. We are only borrowing this spot on the earth from our children and the generations that will follow. It is our responsibility to take care of it and pass it down to them in a condition that will benefit their livelihoods. It also makes smart economic sense to protect our environment rather than spend millions of dollars to repair the damage. I believe the people of Whatcom County are good stewards of their land and are as committed as I am to making the right decisions when it comes to protecting it.

Whatcom County's greatest resources are the people and families who choose to live here and contribute to their communities. Our population is broad and diverse and is comprised of genuine, caring, hard-working people. And citizens of Whatcom County love to enjoy themselves whether it be spending time at the lake, hiking in the mountains, attending a summer festival, going to the theater, catching a bite to eat on the waterfront, skiing down the slopes of Mount Baker or riding their bike through the farmer's market. We love to play and we do it well! I'm committed to supporting good "people" policies that advance the potential of our communities and everyone who lives here.

I am a retired Navy veteran of 22 years, small business owner, and advocate for people with disabilities and our seniors. Our family is fortunate to have five generations living in Whatcom County; my husband, John, our nine-year-old son, Jake, and my two young-adult children as well as my mother and 91-year-old grandmother. I want all three of my children to have a prosperous, bright, and secure future here in Whatcom County.

To date, I have been endorsed by city mayors Jensen, Robinson, Bromley, Korthuis, Ackerman and Perry; Whatcom County Libertarians; Whatcom County Republicans; Washington State Farm Bureau; Whatcom County Realtor's Association; Whatcom County Fire District 7; Whatcom County Sheriff's Guild and many supportive citizens throughout the county.

Join me in building healthy communities and vote Kathy Kershner in November!

You can reach the campaign by phone at 360-220-7535 or email, contact@voteKathyKershner.com. Website is VoteKathyKershner.com or at P.O. Box 28171, Bellingham, Wash., 98228.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathy Kershner is the incumbent Whatcom County Council member for District 1, position A. Vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed Oct. 19 and the general election is Nov. 5.

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