Dear Bellingham Friends & Neighbors,
I was appointed by a unanimous vote of the Bellingham City Council to fill the at-large vacancy that was left when Roxanne Murphy resigned from office last year. Now I am seeking your support to remain on the Council and continue to serve our community.
My husband Brad and I relocated to Bellingham, WA from Chapel Hill, NC in May of 2005. When we first arrived in Bellingham, we rented homes for nearly 10 years in Sudden Valley and in the Sunnyland neighborhood before we were able to make home ownership a reality. In December of 2014 we purchased our first home where we now live in the Columbia neighborhood with our two children. My mother lives in a small rental next door while she contemplates retirement and life on a fixed income. Our daughter Skylar is a rising 6th grader at Whatcom Middle School and our son Grayson is a rising freshman at Bellingham High School.
Our family is ready and willing to provide a helping hand to friends, neighbors, schools, non-profit organizations, local businesses and complete strangers when needed. Bellingham is our home and we have a vested interest in the overall health and well-being of the entire community. The issues facing our City are issues that impact all of us – issues such as housing affordability, homelessness, economic development, education, and the environment.
In Bellingham, significant progress is possible as we accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy. Hannah pledges to close the gap between our current trajectory and a healthy, fertile future.
A mix of housing types and lot sizes will ensure that our community can offer safe, healthy and affordable homes for all residents of Bellingham. Hannah supports innovative housing options that increase residential density while preserving neighborhood character.
Bellingham residents deserve an ethical justice system. Hannah advocates for reform that prioritizes public safety, and safeguards the dignity & humanity of every person.
Housing access and affordability are critical issues for many of our residents. Our city is experiencing a housing crisis and it is imperative that we invest in both immediate protections and long-term solutions. As Bellingham continues to grow, our direction must be clear. Our leadership must be mindful of our boundaries and develop sustainable density while preserving the character of the city and our neighborhoods.
I believe that housing is a human right and everyone deserves a place to call home. While I was growing up, my family home was in a religious commune, on a chicken farm, in a mobile home park, in the basement of another family's private residence, in a couple of duplexes, in several apartment complexes, and in a single family home. It is imperative to define homes by the safety, security and stability they provide to each resident rather than the physical structure. We must be mindful that the housing crisis will not be alleviated by bricks and mortar alone. In addition to infrastructure, our city must address the systemic injustices that have intensified this crisis. Our community needs to build partnerships to bridge existing gaps in services that support health care, mental health treatment, substance use, abuse and dependence facilities, incarceration rates, access to education, and job readiness skills.
Together we must envision the community we seek to cultivate because the choices we make today reflect our priorities and define our future.