My name is Eric Kelton. I am running for Ferndale City Council Position 6. As a fifth-generation resident of Ferndale I feel I can make a difference in the city. My wife Zhiva and I have been married for six years. We have two children, Nadia, 4, and Casey, 2. I have been active in the community my entire life. Currently I am a board member of the Ferndale Public Market and a board member of the Pacific Highlands Housing Association. As a member of the community I have participated in several events that benefit the Ferndale Food Bank and other charitable groups. I have also worked in Alaska with a diverse workforce.
As a parent living in Ferndale, I want to find ways for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy Ferndale by focusing my time talking to local families to find out what things they would like to see in Ferndale, while doing so I will do my best to do it without costing the city or citizens more money. I will also put my best efforts into trying to improve the downtown economy, by talking to local business owners or potential business owners of Ferndale to find ways to get more business into downtown. Also, I would like to spend time on trying to figure out ways to improve the downtown traffic flow so that more people will come downtown.
I am seeking to be on the Ferndale City Council because I feel that it is time for a positive change. There many issues that need to be resolved and I think that I am the right person to help solve these issues. If elected I will focus on issues that will make Ferndale a place for all ages to enjoy. Also, working with other elected officials, I will work though research and innovation to make changes to strengthen the community. I am willing and ready to stand up for what I feel is right and take actions to solve these issues.
As a council member I will dedicate my time to ensure that all citizens of Ferndale have a voice. Taking time to listen to everyone and their issues and take them to the next level and resolve them in a timely manner. Serving on the Ferndale City Council will be both an honor and a privilege.
If elected I feel I can help Ferndale in many ways. I will be honest and true to me and all citizens of Ferndale. Together we can make Ferndale a better place not only for today but for the future. I look forward to representing the people of Ferndale. So remember to vote for Eric Kelton on Nov. 5, 2013.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eric Kelton is one of two challengers for Ferndale City Council, Position 6, which is open with Lloyd Zimmerman not seeking re-election. Vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed Oct. 19 and the general election is Nov. 5.