Roxanne is a member of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and she was the very first person of color elected to the Bellingham City Council in 2013 with 73 percent of the vote. She was then reelected in 2015 with 100 percent of the vote when she ran unopposed, and we hope you will please vote for her in the November 7, 2017, General Election.
Roxanne has proven herself to be a dedicated, reliable and fair leader, and she has personally brought forward positive social changes in the City of Bellingham. The Council approved her initiative to replace Columbus Day with Coast Salish Day. She fought for paid and safe sick leave in Bellingham, and then volunteered for the Statewide Initiative that brought this leave and a higher minimum wage to every worker in Washington State. The Council also voted in favor of her Resolution to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Council approved Roxanne’s Resolution asking the Bellingham voters to Decline to Sign Initiative 1552 as one way of standing in solidarity with our Transgender community, while also defending Washington State’s legacy of anti-discrimination. Most recently, the Council approved her Resolution to stand in solidarity and support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Over the last four years, she has continued to protect our environment, fight for affordable and all housing, increase infill and positive economic development, support our parks and recreation, while also volunteering to help get the 2016 Emergency Medical Services levy passed.
Each and every year, Roxanne works with organizations like Elect Her and the Women’s Political Caucus of Washington to encourage women and people of color to run for office. In 2016, she served as a faculty in residence through Washington State University’s National Education for Women Leadership Summer Institute. During this week-long experience, Roxanne served as a mentor to college women from throughout Washington State to encourage each of them to develop as leaders and run for public office.
Here’s another reason to RoxTheVote: What started as a New Year’s Resolution has turned into a way of life and Rox hasn’t had a drop of alcohol or any kind of substance in almost three years. This is now her personal protest against all of the ways that substances harm our society, and the way they especially hurt our women and children.
Roxanne also uses her public profile to encourage people to live an overall healthy life. Roxanne trains to be one of a handful of women who rides her bike 100 miles in a day through the Chuckanut Classic ride. You can also find Roxanne practicing yoga, doing barre classes, power walking, hiking, weight lifting, swimming and flying down Mt. Baker on her skis.
Lastly, Roxanne has helped to improve her Tribe’s Youth Department where she currently serves as the director in managing an After School and Summer Program. Through this position, Roxanne helped grow the program and services from an average of 30 to now 85 Nooksack youth, while effectively overseeing a staff of up to 24 employees, and balancing a million dollar budget with the utmost fiscal responsibility. Your vote for Roxanne will help her continue to be a positive role model for all of the Tribal youth that she and her department works with!
We hope you’ll support Roxanne so this unique and qualified leadership will continue!