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The Sequim City Council voted to appoint Rachel Anderson to fill the open position on the Council at a special City Council meeting held on February 16. Anderson fills position no. 4, the seat vacated by Dennis Smith who resigned in January due to personal reasons. She will serve until the results of the November election are certified since voters will decide who will complete the term ending December 31, 2025. The Council made the decision after interviewing six candidates: Rachael Anderson, Janine Bocciardi; Kathy Downer; Vicki Lowe, Lowell Rathburn; and David Rich. Anderson was sworn into office by City Clerk Sara McMillon at the virtual meeting.
Anderson serves on the Boards of the Sequim Education Foundation and OlyCAP and is the Head Start Policy Council Chairperson. She was chosen as a Parent Ambassador by the Washington State Association of Head Start and the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP). She is a full-time college student studying Business Administration at Peninsula College.
“I am interested in serving the City of Sequim as a City Councilmember because I’d like to take the next step in leadership, governance, and community service. I anticipate contributing the perspective of low-income families, while utilizing the skills I’ve learned through my roles as a board member: striving to meet a shared goal, thinking and acting strategically, demonstrating elements of teamwork, and small group decision making,” Anderson stated in her application on why she was interested in serving on the Council.
“We are very pleased to have Rachel Anderson join our City Council. She brings great energy and a different lens of the younger people in our community. Welcome aboard,” said Mayor William Armacost.