Port Angeles City Council filing week came to a close on May 19, 2017, with a slate of 10 candidates vying for positions. Among those is Kate Dexter, running in position 4.
Dexter, a Washington native, age 44, is making her first foray into local politics with this race.
“I am excited to contribute my professional skills and community perspective to public service,” states Dexter.
Dexter holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington and previously worked in the Office of Rural Health at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. She currently serves on the PTO at Franklin Elementary School, provides volunteer administrative support at First Presbyterian Church, and is substitute teaching throughout the district.
“Having recently reentered the workforce after taking a number of years off to stay home with my children, I have a particular appreciation for the challenges that many locals face finding quality family-wage jobs. I look forward to discussing city policies that could be enacted to create better outcomes for working families,” states Dexter.
Dexter has lived in Port Angeles for a total of seven years. She and her family moved back to the area five years ago. In this time, Dexter has developed a strong affinity for the beautiful location and the community.
“Port Angeles is an amazing community with so much potential. I am excited to start a dialogue about ways we can move toward a more vital and healthy community for everyone,” states Dexter.
“As a mom of two boys in elementary school, I believe it is an imperative conversation. Our children’s success is rooted to the health and character of this community,” continues Dexter.
Dexter recognizes that the council’s primary role is to serve as a representative for the people, review and direct action for public services, and ensure a balanced budget.
As such, when asked about fluoride, Dexter responded, “This has been extensively reviewed and debated by the current Port Angeles City Council and the community. At this point, I feel representatives need to stand by the final vote and move on.”
Additionally, when asked about her thoughts on city class, Dexter states that she does not agree with a change to second-class city.
“Given that four positions are up for reelection, we have a unique opportunity to increase the level of diversity in terms of age, gender, and perspective. It is an exciting time for our community to stretch in new directions. I look forward to being a part of the process,” states Dexter.