Jasmine Dickhoff recently announced plans to seek a second term as Hoquiam Mayor. She said in a press release that a second term will focus around furthering economic growth, infrastructure improvements, strengthening public safety and improving the quality of life for all of the citizens of Hoquiam.

“In my first term I have taken on projects that address the real underlying issues our community has faced over the last few decades. Great strides have been made in the areas we have prioritized such as the Timberworks Master Plan, working with the Port of Grays Harbor to attract significant industrial growth such as the BHP Potash export facility and investing just over $6 million in our infrastructure in just the first three years.” Dickhoff said as she highlighted her first term. She added, “We have established historic administrative partnerships with the cities of Aberdeen and Cosmopolis saving tax payers money that has been redirected to properly outfitting our police, public works and fire departments. By doing this we can more efficiently and effectively serve the public.”

Dickhoff notes that these values are reflected in a healthy budget for 2019-2020 which was proposed by the Mayor and adopted unanimously by the city council in the late winter of 2018. The budget provided for an additional police officer, a police records specialist position as well as a full time code enforcement officer to address derelict properties. The city has prioritized a strong partnership with the Hoquiam Beautification Committee which is in its inaugural year and will begin to highlight the city this summer.

“Recovering from challenging financial setbacks for a community takes a great deal of thoughtful planning and persistence. We have begun to recover and I want to be re-elected as Mayor to make sure this transition is a smooth and sustainable one.“

Dickhoff also serves on several local boards, she said in her statement, “as mayor I have sought to focus not only on strengthening the fundamentals of our government, but on a bigger picture approach. Re-establishing a Summer Parks Program in partnership with the YMCA of Grays Harbor helps provide a positive relationship with our youth, giving them a safe and consistently engaging place to thrive during the summer months. On the Grays Harbor Transit Authority Board we have prioritized bringing back full Sunday bus services providing our people with reliable transportation year round which is vital for people’s personal, educational and professional success.”

Dickhoff continued, “In addition to renovating the historic Timberland Regional Library I advocated for Hoquiam to ensure the library would not be shut down by its Board of Trustees, ensuring these resources stayed in the rural communities they were created to serve. Quality of life improvements moving forward will include aggressively seeking solutions to issues surrounded lack of affordable housing, homelessness and resource connectivity. We are able to accomplish this with strong partnerships.”

“As Sammy Davis Jr. once sang, ‘I want (us) to live. Not merely survive” in 2020 and beyond.’”