I have a had the privilege to serve Unalaska for the past year when I was elected to City Council Seat G in October 2017. Since then, I have learned a lot about the legislative process, the inner workings of the city administration and departments, as well as their service to the community. It has been a year of new faces on Council and Management, intense but essential public debates, a community movement in environmental consciousness, pursuing clean energy resources while supporting essential services, and standing together to protect the local fishing industry. I feel that through all of this, I have become a better listener, and recognize that it’s critical not to become narrowly focused on a single solution to any particular problem.
The City Council should embody the population for which it serves. Currently I am employeed with UniSea, Inc., and the only council member who is representative of the local seafood processors. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries Management, have worked in the fisheries for well over 20 years in both the private and public sectors. The fishing/seafood processing business is Unalaska’s core industry, and it is important that this sector of the community have a seat at the table. It would be an honor to hold that position for the next term.