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Skagit City Of Mount Vernon Council Ward 2 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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    Jorge Manzanera (NP) Director of Skagit Mediation

  • Gary Molenaar (NP)

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What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

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

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (360) 355-8443
Town where you live Mt. Vernon, WA
Experience (300 characters max) First time candidate. Bicultural, bilingual, Professional Family Mediator, approved by Skagit Superior Court. Master's Degree in Administration, Bachelors in Biomedical Enginering, Board director of Community Action, Skagit County Children en Family Consortium and Latino Advisory Committee
I understand that the rail bridges need urgent attention. Also as part of the infrastructure is that zoning and density has to be updated to allow a more healthy growth.
Homelessness is a serious social problem that can not be avoided or left to others to explore. I think the city should somehow create/support services that will reduce the painful consequences of homelessnes, like adult education, drug addiction, life skills, and promote the construction of low income and multifamily housing. Safety is not only a matter of how strong is your police, but more importantly about creating and sustaining peace and social justice.

To help to create an even better quality of life through services like Adult Education and arts events. To support the Senior Center.
We should all support DACA, in a city like Mt. Vernon, where we can all witness the contribution of hard-working Hispanics in important industries in our region. We should appreciate and better understand the huge effort and sacrifice that undocumented students and their families go through. We need to educate citizens about the valuable contribution made, and their potential
An unprecedented Housing Crisis Lack of investment from potential companies to came to this attractive area. The lack of good working opportunities for our youth. Reduced quality of life for many of our hard-working families.
The Housing Crisis it brings very serious and painful consequences, that could be prevented if the right housing development would be implemented. Homelessness, chronic poverty, lack of development, mental health
We have a mayor, and I would participate in frequent Study Sessions, private and city council meetings. Training and research with City Staff,
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