I was appointed to the City Council in November of 2021 and learned a lot in this short time.
Since the visitor industry is the current lifeblood of the community, my position as liaison to the Ketchikan Visitor Bureau is important, and I hope to continue there.
I'm proud to have come up with an idea to get some extra parking spots downtown. A lot of wasted space has now been dedicated to motorcycle and ATV parking, leaving larger spaces available for cars.
I was privileged to take part in hiring a new City Manager this summer, and I can't wait to start working with her.
I enjoy solving problems, and my experience in many different facets of Ketchikan's economy helps me relate to the citizens who come before the council, so that I can make sound decisions for the city as a whole.
I have good common-sense and take the time to listen to people and understand their issues.
I would like to continue my efforts
I followed my husband up to Ketchikan in 1982 and brought the two kids up soon thereafter. We now have 6 grands and three great-grands. Initially, I worked restaurant jobs to pay the rent, then I found Tatsuda’s and spent 7 ½ years working in many different areas of the store: checking, stocking, meat department, and managing and starting up a deli. I was also a radio personality for the Tatsuda Birthday Book, and union shop steward for the store.
Looking for more challenges, I took a job at the local State Farm, where I enjoyed 29 years helping people understand the complicated world of insurance and financial services. I was well-known by agents across the state for my knowledge of every aspect of the business, selling and servicing all lines of insurance, Auto, Fire, Life & Health, along with Banking and Securities sales. Many questioned why I was not an candidate to get my own agency, but that would mean leaving Ketchikan, which was a non-starter.
With my day job secured in 91, and weekends off, I finally had the time to use my college training in Music and Theater, so I started teaching voice lessons and became active with First City Players. In addition to all my onstage and conducting activities,
I spent five years as chair of the Performing Arts Center committee, and helped bring consensus between two dissonant groups, successfully petitioning the City Council and Borough Assembly to fund the purchase the building where the First City Players currently resides.
As a partner/performer in the "Ketchikan Frontier Review" I also gained invaluable insight into the visitor industry.
I have been doing bookkeeping for the family music and drywall businesses since 1986, and answered the call from a church and a contractor that needed help after I retired from insurance and finance. I started work on their books in the height of the Covid pandemic, and both are now organized and have been brought into the 21st century.
Over the years, music, which started out as a side job, has become my main source of income. Originally just teaching voice, I expanded to piano in the late 90s. The mill had shut down, and with unexpected openings I gave in to the demand. Always looking for new and improved opportunities, I got training in Kindermusik for the very young and later started offering Ukulele lessons.
Running out of new things I wanted to do, I finally took the plunge into politics, which I had contemplated for decades, and here I am running for reelection. I hope my strong common-sense abilities will continue to be helpful for the city to which I have dedicated nearly my entire adult life.