Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cascadia Weekly Interview with Jean Layton for Bellingham City Council at Large


At Large

Jean Layton, candidate for Bellingham City Council
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
“My platform is simple and complex—homes, health and jobs,” Jean Layton admits in her campaign statement. A small business owner, a licensed Naturopathic physician (ND), Layton says she understands obstacles to good health, from economic opportunity, to lack of housing and access to nutritious food.
“Currently, there is no representation of the 54 percent renter-occupied Bellingham housing on Council,” Layton says. Her family rents their home in the York neighborhood and she serves on the neighborhood association board.
Cascadia Weekly: Standard opening question, why are you running for Bellingham City Council?
Jean Layton: Multiple facets to the answer. First, I was activated with the Bernie Sanders campaign last year. I’ve been a lifelong Democrat and have voted since I was 18 years old in every election. I grew up in a family where my dad routinely said, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”
Getting involved in Bernie’s campaign made me aware the place to begin to get involved is at the city level, and geography puts me at the city at-large because my ward is not up this year.
The issues to me are clear.
I am a renter; and I serve on the York board. Because you have to fix what you are around, what is around you first. And after you fix what you’re around, you can think about bigger choices.