Several people have expressed interest in occupying the fourth ward Aberdeen City Council seat recently left vacant by Kathi Hoder, who resigned because she was moving to Hoquiam. Council members will hear from people interested in the position — and possibly choose Hoder’s replacement — when they meet Wednesday.
People who sent letters of introduction to the council are Les Bolton, Karen Rowe, Courtney Barclay, Janae Chhith, Lee Wlazlak and April Boling.
Bolton served as executive director of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport for 24 years and said he can use skills and relationships he made in that position to benefit Aberdeen. The council opening would be a way for him to“re-engage as an agent for positive change in our community.”
Rowe, co-owner of GH Wine Sellars located downtown, has served on the board of the Aberdeen Revitalization Movement and chaired the Aberdeen Founders’ Day Parade. She wants to “further enhance and perpetuate growth of our great community.”
Barclay is a volunteer with Altrusa of Central Grays Harbor and has worked as a manager for several businesses. She wants to improve conditions for residents through “respect, thoughtfulness and consideration.”
Chhith is an ambassador in Greater Grays Harbor, Inc., where she has been able to help members of the local homeless population. She’s also a member of Revival Grays Harbor and wants to give back to the community.
Wlazlak has extensive experience in government, including as statewide imaging manager of the Washington State Archives, and in the private sector. He’d like to use his professional skills to benefit the citizens of Aberdeen.
Boling owns a landscaping business, sells firewood and has been a long-haul truck driver. Service on the Indian Education Committee, years as a foster parent, and a headstrong, yet respectful, personality would help her serve the community.
The letters of introduction weren’t required because the council has no rules pertaining to application for mid-term council appointments. It has been something the council has asked people interested in such openings in the past, however.