Q&A Aberdeen City Council, Ward 2


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

Ward 2 covers East Aberdeen from Fern Hill Cemtery to South Aberdeen, and includes Olympic Gateway Mall, Highway 12’s entrance to Aberdeen, a mix of residential and commercial areas and key transportation hubs and infrastructure. Robbie Myers is challenging longtime incumbent Alice N. Phelps.

Roberta “Robbie” Myers

Occupation: Realtor w/Premier Realty in Aberdeen (5-1/2 yrs)

Government experience: former Grays Harbor County Democratic Vice Chair; currently the State Committee Woman Community Organizations & Leadership: Currently the Chair of the Boundary Review Board for GH County: Currently the South Beach Director for the GH Assn of Realtors; Kiwanis; Past Captain & Bosun of the South Beach Buccaneers — a year round community service group.

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

I’m a good listener, intelligent, honest, tells it like it is & a team player. I’m also an avid student of life & love to learn new things.

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

What a perfect position to help make changes that better our great town? Of course I want to make a difference & help make things better — who doesn’t? But, this position would give me a firm foundation for doing so, along with meeting new people & earning new things along the way.

Ward 2 stretches from the Fern Hill Cemetery to South Aberdeen, and encompasses Olympic Gateway Mall east to the Highway 12 entrance to Aberdeen, a mix of commercial and residential areas as well as a key area for transportation and infrastructure. What issues particular to Ward 2, concern you the most?

My top concern is whether or not we pursue crude oil being transported through our town. I have yet to be convinced it would be safe, so at this point, “the jury’s still out.” I would, though, like to hear more about the possibilities of our rails/bridges being improved including the conversation of re-locating (i.e. keeping Gateway mall safe). I’m also concerned about the pockets of drug use & drug houses — it’s time for all of us to take our town back. And the conversation has opened up about the homeless & panhandlers — this subject needs a lot more attention. There are ways to deal with & eliminate aggressive panhandling.

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’m so excited about the many possibilities for growth in our fair city. I’ve gotten involved with several committees & my take on blending all of the ideas is that as we restore our rich history here, (i.e. historically designated businesses & houses). We can move forward by capitalizing on that & make our town a destination, not just a pass through — people are already starting to take notice. Along with that is another piece close to my heart — Seaport Landing. There is so much going on already in the planning & building. The Seaport will also give us another destination spot. As these many goals come to fruition, it would create more jobs, viable businesses & revenue.

One last note: When I come knocking on your door to introduce myself, please let me know your thoughts for moving us forward. Thank you!

Alice N. Phelps

Previous Experience in Government, Community Organizations or Leadership: Ten years as a Campfire leader. Aberdeen Bobcat music booster, five years I was the ad chairperson. Thirty years working with National Night Out. Sixteen years working at St. Mary’s School planning a morning program for students aged 4 to 14. Thirty-four years answering phones for Fern Hill Funeral Home at night. Almost 16 years on City Council.

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

This is our community and while on council I have met a lot of you and enjoy that, so I would like to still meet more. Please stop my white Honda or call me anytime. We need to always work together to make Aberdeen the best it can be

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

I care about all the people, listen to all and will always call back so we can help solve the concerns. I enjoy working with all of us.

Ward 2 stretches from the Fern Hill Cemetery to South Aberdeen, and encompasses Olympic Gateway Mall east to the Highway 12 entrance to Aberdeen, a mix of commercial and residential areas as well as a key area for transportation and infrastructure. What issues particular to Ward 2, concern you the most?

Yes, Ward 2 is a large ward. I don’t mind working with the mix of commercial, residential. Issues & concerns are many. But the most one in particular that Ward 2 people are concerned about are the extra people that don’t live on their street. The comings and goings of people that don’t live there. Yards and junk just lying around and crime and suspected drug activity.

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?

As a council member I have had youth cleaning up the streets. Help people with the spring cleanups by taking pickup loads to the dump that week. Also planted flower pots downtown.

We just need to work together keeping litter off the streets. this is our Aberdeen and working together we make a difference, to make Aberdeen a better place that it can be.