Aberdeen City Council Ward 4 Q&A


The Daily World is running a question and answer series with candidates for Aberdeen City Council.

Ward 4 encompasses many of the hilltop homes in Aberdeen, as well as Finch Field and commercial sections of Highway 101 (Sumner and Simpson). Businesswoman Elaine Redner is challenging City Council member and president, deCourcey “Kathi” Hoder.

deCourcey “Kathi” Hoder

Previous Experience in Government, Community Organizations or Leadership:

Business owner, Council President, Government Contractor for Over 48 Years for the Dept of Licensing, Government Contractor for Dept of Transportation, Grays Harbor County Road Permits, Protective Payee for Dept of Social & Health Services for over 15 Years, Protective Payee for Social Security Administration for over 10 Years, QINTANF Protective Payee, Dept of Licensing Task Force User Groups, WSP Trained in Weigh Scale Operations, St Mary’s School Board for 5 years and Room Leader for 8 years, 9 Years on Aberdeen City Council for Ward 4, Various Community Leadership Groups, Worked with Dept of Transportation to repair bridges for Commercial traffic, Worked with the City of Aberdeen and Stevens School to create a safer bus area and sidewalks.

What about your personality and character make you a good fit for Aberdeen’s City Council?

I am a great leader and listen to and work well with others. I like to get things accomplished, with a no nonsense and reasonable approach to the issues.

The pay isn’t great, the hours are long and the learning curve is steep, so why do you want this job?

I absolutely love being on city council. I feel it is an honor and privilege to represent my city and I enjoy helping others and resolving the issues.

Ward 4 encompasses many of the hilltop homes in Aberdeen as well as Finch Field and commercial sections of Highway 101 (Sumner and Simpson). What issues, particular to Ward4, concern you most?

I think Ward 4 has a very diverse group of citizens. I believe getting the paving completed in our area would be wonderful. Much of my ward is an older section of town and our streets show it. The citizens have easy access to me every day and I always have an ear to lend. I enjoy hearing what others would like to see accomplished and working to get those issues resolved in a timely manner.

The condition and economic health of downtown has been a concern for years. What would you do as a City Council member to improve things?

I am already working on the upkeep of the downtown with Mayor Simpson and his task force. I have been a member of A.R.M. (Aberdeen Revitalization Movement) and helped organize and cook for the Potlatch we had on the Chehalis just last month. It takes a community to clean up and keep clean our Aberdeen. I plan on keeping our friends and neighbors excited about our cleanup efforts and hope all will join in the work.

Elaine Redner RN, BSN, MBA, CDMS

Previous Experience in Government, Community Organizations or Leadership:

Active member of Washginton Self Insured, Oregon Self Insured, Professional Workers Compensation - Oregon, PWC - Washington, Prior Manager for Case Management Delivery for OR/WA/AK/ID/MT (4 years) Active member of Altrusa - Roseberg OR. Business Owner.

What about your personality and character make you a good fit for Aberdeen’s City Council?

I am running for Ward 4 council to represent the citizens of Aberdeen. As a vested homeowner and business owner I pay taxes into this community and have a keen interest in Aberdeen’s present and future. This gives me a perspective. As a nurse who has spent 17 years in a corporate environment as well as clinical, I am a problem solver by nature. This character and personality is innately geared toward seeking treatment for what is currently ailing our community as well as looking for long term solutions and “treatment plans.”

The pay isn’t great, the hours are long and the learning curve is steep, so why do you want this job?

This is not a “job.” This is an opportunity. I provide a different perspective with my background, education and experience and can bring innovative ideas, solutions and projects forward to benefit our community. We currently have a dutiful council each of whom have an intense desire to see Aberdeen shine. I’ll work to harness and focus the city’s energy and enthusiasm and will strive to act as a bridge between all elected officials, leaders and citizens intent on the same goal. A greater Aberdeen. We have to become a proactive, sustainable community. We need to overcome and become the city that inspires others. We need a city people leave and speak well of. I want to be part of making Aberdeen a topic of discussion! “Have you been to Aberdeen lately?” Is a slogan I’d like to see embraced as part of the “Grays Harbor – Unforgettable” campaign. The learning curve is irrelevant. Some people do what they can – and others do what needs to get done. I’m the latter.

Ward 4 encompasses many of the hilltop homes in Aberdeen as well as Finch Field and commercial sections of Highway 101 (Sumner and Simpson). What issues, particular to Ward 4, concern you most?

Particular to WARD 4 is the area of Herbig Heights. This area is known as a poorly planned change that lacks city attention. While having provided an excellent “shortcut” and much needed timely access to services, it also opened up Pandora’s box in poor traffic planning, and crime prevention. The hilly and windy streets lack good lighting, signage and painted lines. These are safety issues not just aesthetic conveniences. The area is now open to more foot traffic and therefore more passerby crime.

Beyond this specific issue in Ward 4 – there are many issues city wide not being addressed proactively - vagrants, crime, drug addiction, low economic development, the city’s economic health and so on.

The condition and economic health of downtown has been a concern for years. What would you do as a City Council member to improve things?

Let’s do as Sam Benn said. … Let’s Build a Great City! I have vision! I have already implemented a vision by partnering with building owner(s) to dress up empty windows downtown. The Electric Building and the Lincoln Building are my ideas. Talking about plans doesn’t get them done. As a city council member – the residents of Aberdeen can expect more of the same from me. Its been proven the current council has been unable to seek out and coordinate visionary initiatives. I hope to use the seat to engage other council members on projects that make sense and are doable. This sets the stage and example for the citizenry. Municipal commitment plus an engaged community equals Sam Benn’s dream – Build a Great City!