Whatcom County residents are facing a variety of significant issues: affordable housing, homelessness, lack of behavioral health resources, a far reaching opioid crisis, climate change, and struggling fishing and agricultural industries.
I’m Jaime Arnett and I am running for County Council District 5, the new Coastal District, because I want to take on these issues for the people of my district.
My connection to the Coastal District and the people within it runs deep: I grew up in Blaine and my grandfather fished out of Blaine Harbor on his gillnetter the “Messiah”, my father is a 30 year employee of the City of Blaine, and I was Miss Blaine in 1997.
My family’s history in commercial fishing shapes my values: I am passionate about protecting cold and clean water for people and fish, restoring salmon populations, honoring Tribal treaty-protected rights, and reinvigorating the commercial fishing industry through sustainable practices.
I will be bold in standing up for the environment and for people. I strongly believe that we need to take better care of our world and each other. I have been personally impacted by loss and the helplessness felt during crisis with a mentally ill loved one unable to access resources in Whatcom County. I believe we can do better, and I am ready to take action.
I graduated from Western Washington University and after years of working for Habitat for Humanity in both Whatcom County and Central Oregon, I returned to my commercial fishing roots and now work as the Administrative Executive for Boundary Fish Company in Blaine. I also honor my commitment to community work through grant writing for Bellingham-based Animals as Natural Therapy, coaching Little League, volunteering as a youth mentor, and I’m a religious education teacher at my church (Free Church Unitarian). Today I serve as a Blaine City Council Member.
The 5th District follows the coast of Whatcom County north of Bellingham. We live along the Salish Sea and have a unique identity and a distinct culture. I will advocate for solutions that honor our heritage and traditional values and speak to our optimism for our future. In order to give voice to our people, I ask you to vote Jaime Arnett for Whatcom County Council District 5.
Partner Endorsements: Washington Conservation Voters, Riveters Collective, National Women's Political Caucus, 42nd Legislative District Democrats, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Whatcom County Council Members Barry Buchanan and Carol Frazey, and Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney Eric J. Richey.