Mary Andersson

Age: 55

Residence: Sedro-Woolley

Occupation: Sedro-Woolley Public Library staff member; musician; have also worked in accounting and advertising

Education: BA in History from UCLA; occasional Skagit Valley College courses

Elected offices held: Treasurer, Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market 2014-present

Community involvement: Puget Power Consumer Panel in 1991-92. Treasurer for the Day Creek/Clear Lake Cooperative Preschool, Evergreen Elementary Booster Club and Sedro-Woolley High School Band Parent Group. Co-President of the Central Elementary School Booster Club. Volunteer in Evergreen and Central Elementary Schools. Assistant Cubmaster of Sedro-Woolley's Cub Scout Pack 4067. Cub Scout Day Camp Director in 1999 and 2000. Former Executive Board Member of the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market, and now Treasurer since 2014. Involved with the Swedish Vasa Lodge in Mount Vernon for nearly 20 years.

Campaign website: maryandersson.com

Why are you running for office?

I believe the citizens of Sedro-Woolley need a stronger voice at City Hall.

What is the single biggest issue facing the candidate who is elected to this position?

Ensuring the voice of the people is heard, respected, and addressed.

How will you address it?

As a candidate, I am already out in the community asking for input from citizens and small business owners. If elected, I will continue to do so in order to make sure their views and concerns are represented and addressed by city government.

Why should voters choose you?

I am not afraid to speak up on their behalf and follow through.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

I have regularly attended and actively participated in Sedro-Woolley City Council meetings for some time now, and am therefore quite familiar with current issues facing the city. I also interact frequently with citizens both at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market and at the library where people often air their concerns.

Jared Couch

Age: 27

Residence: Sedro-Woolley

Occupation: Police officer

Education: Bachelor's from Eastern Washington University

Elected offices held: President of Fraternal Order of Police No. 18

Community involvement: Sedro-Woolley Rotary, Toy for Tots Benefit concert, Skagit Valley College Reserve Police Officer Training Program.

Campaign website: "Jared W. Couch for Sedro-Woolley City council at large" Facebook page.

Why are you running for office?

I love our city and want to be a part of keeping Sedro-Woolley history and tradition alive.

What is the single biggest issue facing the candidate who is elected to this position?

Currently the Sedro-Woolley Library and Central Skagit Library is a big issue facing council.

How will you address it?

I believe a candidate needs to approach this with an open mind and achieve the most affordable option that provides the best service to our citizens.

Why should voters choose you?

Because I will make decisions that benefit the citizens and not decisions that align with my personal agenda.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

My strong work ethic, my ability to be open minded, and my drive to keep our city moving forward.

Pola Kelley

Age: 66

Residence: Sedro-Woolley

Occupation: Executive director of the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce

Education: BA in Political Science and Speech Communications Gonzaga University; post graduate work in Organizationl Leadership; Leadership Skagit class 2011

Elected offices held: None

Community involvement: Member of SICBA; member of SCCEDA; working with EDASC in tourism & economics clusters; Advisory board of the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Clubs; Skagit Business Alliance; Sedro-Woolley Leadership Group ; Marketing, Production, and fundraising for community events like Woodfest, Blast from the Past, the Sedro-Whoolleyville Christmas parade and tree lighting, Rotary Club of Sedro-Woolley

Campaign website: polakelley.com

Why are you running for office?

I am deeply committed to the community where I grew up. I was raised on the same farm where my mother grew up and where my brothers still live. We can protect the unique qualities of Sedro-Woolley while providing good-paying jobs, and still offer a beautiful place to live.

My family came to the area in 1920 and through hard work enjoyed a comfortable life. My grandparents owned a shake mill; my uncles owned a logging company. That strong work ethic and sense of entrepreneurship is part of what drives me to work for a robust local economy.

With our community on the verge of a major breakthrough in manufacturing, Sedro-Woolley could once again be the major source of jobs in the area. An example is the development at the SWIFT Center, which is vital to sustainable and controlled growth, and on track to become the 21st century leader in world-changing technology.

What is the single biggest issue facing the candidate who is elected to this position?

I think the biggest issue is still bringing more business to town. When another bank closes because it is believed that everyone can just drive to Burlington, it’s a trend that needs to be reversed. Sedro-Woolley has the best schools, the brightest young minds working for the largest locally owned company in the county and we need to have the retail and services needed for families right here in town. People choose to live here — lets see that there needs are met right here.

How will you address it?

It is what I do everyday; that is my job. By serving on the council I can broaden the voice for progress and better services in the community.

Why should voters choose you?

The Chamber has been one avenue to being a part of what is new and exciting, but I would like to see plans move forward into action, such as the common library. If elected, I will work towards creating good jobs and a strong, vital community.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

I have the greatest depth of experience in serving the community. I graduated from these schools, I raised children here and through my past 15 years with the Chamber have clearly seen what works and what doesn’t. I have a great working relationship with city and county officials and employees and civic organizations like Rotary, Soroptimists, the museum, and the majority of businesses in town.

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