SEQUIM AT A CROSSROADS
I am running for election to the City Council because I want to help reinstate good governance at our City Hall. I was deeply troubled by the City Council’s decision to relieve City Manager Charlie Bush of his duties. No reason was given for the “city council requested resignation” other than “philosophical differences.” That lack of transparency — especially from a city council with a majority of appointed, not elected, members – is not acceptable. Compounding the Council’s apparent disregard of the public in the handling of the city manager position was the additional expense those actions imposed on the taxpayers. The city manager’s resignation necessitated a severance package and funding for a nation-wide search for a replacement manager. Having previously served on a city council, I know what it takes to hire a good city manager and how to ensure proper stewardship of the city’s money. I also know the importance of careful, competent planning for the future.
We need well-tempered, rational decision-making by the City Council. We need transparency for Council actions. We need the interests of the city’s residents to take precedence over personal animosities. I want to contribute to those changes. I request your support on Election Day to reach those goals.
My name is Kathy Downer and I am running for the Sequim City Council (Position No. 2). I ask for your support on Election Day, November 2, 2021, so that together we can restore the City Council to the well-reasoned, competent leadership that our community deserves.
I am the mother of four grown children; a retired nurse; a three-term member of the Marietta, Ohio, City Council; the wife of retired small business owner; a volunteer at Trinity United Methodist Church; and currently President of our sub-division’s homeowners association. Since last year, I’ve also been a member of the Sequim Planning Commission. A number of years ago when my husband, Steve, and I visited the Pacific Northwest we were awestruck by the fresh air, the clean water, the mountain views, and the gracious hospitality of the people we met. We always wanted to return on a more permanent basis. In 2017 we took the first concrete step toward that goal by buying a house in Sequim. The second step came in 2019 when Steve retired from the small business he ran for 32 years. That same year, we finally moved across the country and into our home in Sequim. Adding to our pleasure in our current location is the fact that three of our children live in the area.
I was a nurse for 43 years and spent most of that time at Marietta (Ohio) Memorial Hospital from 1987 to 2014. Probably my most challenging experiences during those years came when I served as a nurse both at the hospital and in disaster shelters during the devastating flood and snow storm that swept the Ohio Valley in December 2004 and during the equally damaging flood in January 2005. Also professionally challenging (and rewarding) was my work as an alcohol and drug detox and rehabilitation nurse. Much less stressful but nevertheless satisfying was my recurring role as a volunteer instructor in CPR and First Aid for the Red Cross. In addition to the professional knowledge and skills I developed as a nurse, my experiences taught me the importance of interpersonal understanding and careful communication.
I served on the City Council of Marietta, Ohio (population 14,000), from 2014 to 2019. During my tenure there I was Chairwoman of the Streets Committee and a member of both the Police and Fire Committee and the Water and Sewer Committee. I also served on the Traffic Commission and the Storm Water Commission and was the Council’s liaison to Main Street (the business sector). I was proud to champion the city’s bike path. I believe my previous experience in municipal government will enhance my ability to be an effective member of the Sequim City Council.
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