City Council member Cathy Watson has announced she will run for mayor in 2015.
The announcement comes three days after current mayor Gary Jensen announced he will run for Port of Bellingham commissioner. Jensen previously said he would not seek re-election as mayor.
Watson has served on City Council since January 2012. She is also chairwoman of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.
“I’ve enjoyed my time on council and believe I’ve been an effective voice for all the people of Ferndale,” Watson said in an email Thursday, Jan. 15. “Now I hope they’ll grant me their trust to serve them as mayor.”
Watson worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center before moving to Ferndale and also has worked as a Coast Guard electronics technician, a NASA meteorologist and public affairs officer, and a middle school teacher.