I have always looked up to my mom (Sherry Crayne)! Through her life of giving to others, I’ve learned the impact one can have on many, which is one of the reasons I’m running for Longview City Council Position 6. Her life of service – leading Customer Service at the Cowlitz PUD for many years, partnering with Arlene Hubble to run Relay for Life, being involved in the PTA throughout my school years, waiting for me after practice outside countless gyms, and ensuring my sister and I always had what we needed – she was the example for me and I’m grateful.
The Longview Public Library had a lasting impact on me. I consider myself a "bathtub kid", having spent hours at the library as a kid. I’m proud to be giving back to the library and community, by serving as the Vice Chair on the Longview Public Library Foundation Board of Directors. Featured in this picture with me is Hans Schaufus, who helped get the original cast-iron tubs moved into the library over 30 years ago. Thank you Hans for making a difference on my youth and for your many years of service working at the Library!
Even as a 4th grader at CVG, I valued the importance of safety and volunteered to be a crossing guard. Ensuring Longview has the best police and fire services is a top priority for me. Having family members who serve in law and fire enforcement also gives me deep respect for those who serve our community every day.
My Grandfather, who served as a Ranger in World War 2, served Weyerhaeuser as a fireman for 50 years. On his days off, he worked at the Monticello Garage selling cars. His work ethic, humor, and love for the outdoors influenced me. A few of my fondest memories with him include camping in the summer, shucking oysters on the Hood Canal, and fishing at Martin’s Dock on Lake Sacajawea while feeding the ducks.
Safe streets in Longview are a non-negotiable and when elected to Longview City Council Position 6, I will advocate for cyclists, pedestrians, and those using other active forms of transportation. We need to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. We need more bike lanes. We need places to lock our bikes and other equipment. The speed of cars plays a factor, the visibility to seeing stop signs and on-coming traffic, as well as having curbs you can easily get up/down.
What an awesome time this morning checking out the new sculptures being installed in downtown Longview today! We need more of this! Art, community, and pride in our City. More of this please!! A huge shout out to the volunteer team with Longview Outdoor Gallery that made this possible and gratitude to the artists who are sharing their craft with Longview.