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Kittitas City of ELLENSBURG Council 3

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  • Barbara del Mar Robles

  • Adam Winn

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Phone (413) 685-0856
Town where you live Ellensburg, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Career Educator and multilingual community builder. I have a long history of result-driven leadership; from my years spent teaching children in our local classrooms, to my extensive experience as a nonprofit executive board member. I am uniquely qualified to lead in Ellensburg and bring new ideas.
Since moving to Kittitas County, I have been very active in the community; serving as interpreter/translator for our migrant families/Spanish speakers in the school districts and Central WA Disability Resources, a high school teacher, an evaluator for Pride Foundation scholarships, and a board member to several organizations like Central WA Justice for Our Neighbors, Hospice Friends, and Skookum Kids. I have dedicated my personal and professional time to advocating for equity and inclusion. I am committed to the progress and betterment of the City of Ellensburg for all who are blessed to call it home. Prior to moving to Ellensburg, I was a legal advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
Ellensburg is ready to embrace all intersectionalities within our community. It is the job of local government to actively work to promote a sense of belonging for all who live here and an inviting environment for all those who visit. My goal is to continue advocating for a more equitable, inclusive, and accesible Ellensburg.
I have made it a point to run a bilingual campaign. I want to continue being accesible to all community members. My priority is to meet people where they are and remain approachable and easily reachable in all endeavors.
I will use any and all methods available to ensure contact, collaboration, cooperation, and dialogue between the mayor, the city manager, other City Council members, and myself.
Local government should seek out to create strong partnerships with local groups promoting sustainability. Furthermore, every year Ellensburg faces extreme threat of wildland fires. We need to support and fortify our firefighters and EMS, as well as collaboratively work with other stakeholders, to ensure we have adequate resources to tackle this urgent issue.
Ellensburg City Council should continue to work closely with local organizations that provide shelter, disability services, mental health services, etc. to promote city-wide efforts that tackle the homelessness crisis. Ellensburg is in need of a more diverse portfolio of housing. It is City Council's responsibility to remove hurdles for organizations and developers to build affordable housing within our city.
While the City of Ellensburg shows great promise to grow in understanding issues of racial disparity and inequality, we must continue to foster our strong commitment to acknowledging, respecting, and embracing all of the intersectionalities that live within our city. I am confident that Ellensburg is ready for a multiracial and multilingual Latina woman to bring forth a new voice and fresh ideas. At this time, it is no longer viable to be non-racist; now is the time to be anti-racist.
City Council should work together with local business owners to come up with ideas that lessen the burden during these unprecedented times, but also allow them to better serve their patrons and keep their employees on the payroll. From a public health standpoint, as the numbers of vaccinated residents, students, and visitors grow, we will be able to resume our regular activities sooner and safer.
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