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Election 2017--Jean Burnham, Council 5


October 19, 2017

Diana Zimmerman

Jean Burnham, Council 5

Jean Burnham is running as a write in candidate for the Town of Cathlamet Council member position #5.

She was appointed to the council to fill a vacant position and has attended two meetings in that capacity.

Burnham earned a degree in English Literature at Reed College. Her professional career is varied. She has worked in social service, been a steward on a research vessel in the Arctic, worked for an airline, fished for salmon, worked on an oyster farm, owned her own business and more.

She has been a northwest resident since she was 18, and moved to Puget Island in 2004. She currently lives in Cathlamet.

"I've been following local stuff for a long time," Burnham said. "I didn't really get interested in local issues until I joined the Woman's Club in 2012 and the community garden. This last year I started attending county commissioner meetings. What was really eye opening for me was seeing the town's budget."

"For quite some time I've been concerned about the sewer issue and the issue of annexation," Burnham continued. "This town would benefit a great deal if we could add some rate payers. It's not going to be easy but there is a way to accomplish it."

She'd like to spur more interest in the community garden, and is excited about the prospect of a park where the old sewage treatment plant currently sits. She would also like to ensure that the farmer's market continues and as a member of the rowing club, she would like to see more people getting into small non-motorized craft.

"I really think that the public should be aware of some of the issues coming before the council instead of coming in after the fact and complaining," Burnham said. "They should find out what is going on before decisions are made. There was important stuff being discussed at the budget meeting. I realize now, how important is to know what is coming down the pike."


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