Sarah Nuanes for Mount Vernon Mayor
"I will work together with public
and private entities to find and implement the best solutions to public safety, needed infrastructure and affordable housing for the residents of Mount Vernon."
ELECT A NEW MAYOR
Sarah Nuanes answers questions concerning her Mayoral Campaign
Why are you running for office?
I LOVE Mount Vernon and I care about this community. Raising my three daughters here has been a
privilege, a privilege that I want them to continue to have with their families and careers. I am not a career
politician; however, my banking career has given me the skill set to lead Mount Vernon in a new direction,
one of inclusiveness for all members of our community. I am also motivated to run for mayor because of the
energy and insights from the city council. They have talents and perspectives that are underutilized in
solving some of the key issues for our city. I have been attending council meetings regularly, so I am
preparing myself to be up to speed on the working issues the council is dealing with. I look forward to
working with them and all community members in guiding the city through the next four years.
What is the single biggest issue facing the winning candidate?
The lack of housing and the associated homelessness crisis is the biggest issue facing our city.
How will you address it?
Mount Vernon was called out in the last University of Washington Runstad Center report on vacancy rates as
being one of the worst areas in the state to find one-bedroom apartment units. Skagit County, in general,
was tied for last in the state. The City of Mount Vernon housing element for the comprehensive plan was
written and approved by staff and the council just over three years ago and very little has been done, until
recently, to advance the needed work around coding and density. Working with the council I will make these
issues a priority. It is in our best interest to provide housing options that not only welcome new business to
the area but cuts back on the number of workers who leave our city each day to live elsewhere. We will
review and reduce burdensome and costly regulations and work with instead of against builders to encourage
more affordable housing. Nonprofits and local businesses have been in front of the council many times over
the last four years advocating for more housing. It is time we turned the many cancelled city council study
sessions into work sessions with key stakeholders to expedite solutions.
Why should voters choose you?
Everyone has to start somewhere. I want voters to know that where I lack political experience, I make up for
it having had a career in the financial industry for close to two decades. Throughout my professional work I
have gained invaluable knowledge that aligns directly with leading city hall. I know how to build a
collaborative team environment, including all city council members, that will utilize the existing talent in staff,
bring in capable and proven staff appointments when needed and reestablish broken relationships and
partnerships to get the work done. I know how to budget time and money and I have been very successful
in having the confidence of my financial clients who trust their investments with me and the team I manage.
I am very comfortable having difficult conversations with people who have deferring opinions. I know when
to check grudges and negative temperament at the door in order to build consensus and progress for the
greater good. I hope voters will give me a chance to fill this critical role and trust me, like my many clients
have, with bringing forward a more positive outlook for our entire community.
What sets you apart from your opponent?
Our priorities for the city are different. My priorities are about addressing and balancing the council agendas
to meet the greatest needs in our community for the greatest number of our citizens including business. By
addressing the lack of housing, we help business attract more customers to live and shop here. This results
in more tax revenues for the city to address budget and program needs. More local housing also cuts down
on the amount of traffic we are experiencing. The number of homeless children has grown over the last four
years. We cannot expect high school graduation numbers to improve if families do not have housing. Our
hospital needs a variety of housing options not only for their short-term working contractors but for their
patients when they exit with no affordable place to go. These issues and more were outlined in the first
Housing Summit produced by Skagit County in 2016. More data collection and research on the housing
shortage was done by the Skagit Council of Governments in 2017 on the need for housing. My priority is to
acknowledge this work and the many voices who have repeatedly brought it forward as a need and act on it.
In The News
Mount Vernon, Burlington mayoral races see challengers
Both the Mount Vernon and Burlington mayoral races will be competitive this year as filing week for the 2019 election got underway Monday.
Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau, who is seeking her third four-year term, will face challenger Sarah Nuanes.
Nuanes, branch manager for Key Bank in Mount Vernon, has not held an elected office before.
Boudreau was first elected in 2011.
In Burlington, Mayor Steve Sexton — who is also seeking a third term — will square off against Councilman Joe DeGloria.
DeGloria has served in the Burlington City Council’s at-large position since 2014.
Sexton was first elected to serve as mayor in 2011. In 2015, he ran unopposed.
Filing for the 2019 election runs through Friday, meaning prospective candidates for the 104 open offices in the county still have four days to file.
This year’s primary election is set for Aug. 6. The general election is set for Nov. 5.
Races with three or more candidates will be on the primary ballot, while those with two or one will go straight to the general election ballot.
Sedro-Woolley Mayor Julia Johnson and La Conner Mayor Ramón Hayes have both filed to run for re-election and were unopposed as of Monday.
Similarly, state Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, is the only candidate to file for her seat in the 40th Legislative District so far.
Renee Barley has filed to run for mayor of Hamilton, while incumbent Joan Cromley has not yet filed.
Barley previously ran for mayor of Hamilton in 2015.