I am honored to endorse Iris Carias for a second term as a Mount Vernon City Council member. I met Iris in 1994 at Skagit Valley College where I taught English as a Second Language.

As a tireless social and community advocate, Iris knows personally how a city benefits from a more inclusive set of policies. Since immigrating from Honduras in 1994, she has been involved with the Mount Vernon Police Department’s domestic violence unit, Sea Mar Community Health, DSHS, Skagit Valley Hospital and the Friendship House to help foster a more inclusive community for all.

Iris possesses a unique understanding of the issues that exist for Latinos and the homeless in our community. She continues to support the development of affordable housing to help the marginalized people in our community. She believes this will reduce the incidences of homelessness, bridge the economic and societal gap between the Anglo and Latino communities, and help revitalize downtown businesses while maintaining the historic character of Mount Vernon.

Iris’ dream is to give all community members the same opportunities that have benefited her.

Please vote for Iris Carias for a second term. We need her voice and her vision.

Leona Paget

Mount Vernon

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