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Whatcom County City of Ferndale Council Position 2

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.

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  • Paul Bulanov
    (NP)

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    Ali Hawkinson
    (NP)

Biographical Information

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How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

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Phone (360) 223-0044
Email ali4council@gmail.com
Town where you live Ferndale, WA
Experience (300 characters max) First time candidate
Community Service – Vice President of the Board of Directors, Birch Bay Music Festival; Voting member, North County Poverty Task Force.

Other Professional Experience – Certified Employment Service Professional & Employment Specialist with Work Opportunities of Whatcom County; Executive Recruiter for Management Recruiters International; Support Staff Administrator at North Bay Christ the King Church; Co-Owner of Blue Cab, LLC; Office Manager, Northwest Business Monthly Magazine.
I see a Ferndale that protects our past and our legacy while embracing responsible planning to accommodate future generations as we continue to grow. I see a stable housing market, a thriving downtown, infrastructure that serves our citizens well and a city that we can all continue to be proud to call home. Most of all I see a united Ferndale where the citizens, the council and the city work together to make decisions with transparency and open communication.
I have witnessed a continued disconnect between leadership and the members of our community. This need to be remedied to move forward successfully. Our greatest asset is our community members. When we all begin to work together is when we will see great change and improvement happen in Ferndale, whether that be a remedy to our traffic or water issues, a thriving downtown or finding answers to numerous other concerns that are of importance to all of us as residents.
Accessibility and education should be our top priority while leading by example. If the city of Ferndale wants to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of our environment, then it starts at city hall. Providing training information and resources while practicing what we preach and respecting where our citizens are in their own process of conservation.
I see Ferndale fighting to catch up with the growth which has happened over the past 20 years. We’re all concerned about the same things. Water, traffic, safety and housing affordability are what I’m hearing are on everyone’s minds right now. We need to have a future focus where we not only plan for the future, but act on those plans within a reasonable amount of time. Many citizens feel that their needs have not been met and we need to address these concerns immediately.
I was very fortunate to be voted onto the North County Poverty Task Force committee which was formed earlier this year. We are an advisory board that meets once per month to engage community leaders who serve homeless and at-risk populations. The two things that I want to see us address first and foremost are accessibility to food and emergency cold shelters. Basic human needs. No one should freeze or starve when we can work together to do something about it.
Locally we have limited effect on the immigration system which is in desperate need of reform. Those who wish to come here to contribute to our economy to create better lives not only for themselves as employees or business owners, but for their employees and our community should be able to access that system and be provided necessary accommodation to do so when necessary. Many of the people running for office this year are immigrants who have stepped up to serve our communities in a positive way.
By providing increased access to the decision-making process. Not everyone works regular hours or can be away from home to attend numerous meetings every week, though I know many community members would love the opportunity to be more involved and heard. The city needs our calls, emails, rants and raves. They need to hear what we think is working and what needs to be improved so that all of our ideas can be brought to the table in a real way. We need newsletters that are accessible in numerous forms. We need regular town hall meetings where people can come to hear updates, ask questions and become more a part of the process of our local government. The citizens make this city, not the other way around. Promoting that participation is beneficial to everyone.