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By Madeline Coats
Editor, Mill Creek Beacon 

Two members of the Women's Club compete in the upcoming election

Carmen Fisher and April Berg hope to represent Mill Creek

 

October 18, 2019

Photo courtesy of Carmen Fisher.

Carmen Fisher is vying for pos. 5 on the Mill Creek City Council.

Carmen Fisher and April Berg have two big things in common: their names are both on the November ballot and they are members of the Mill Creek Women's Club. 

Fisher is vying for pos. 5 on the City Council against incumbent Vincent J. Cavaleri, who was elected in 2015. Berg is running against Brian Hollingshead and Janelle Burke for pos. 2 on the Everett School Board. 

Fisher is seeking election with goals to improve police equipment, increase engagement with Everett Public Schools, update parking at the Mill Creek Senior Center, advocate for a marijuana delivery service, and take action for emergency weather preparedness. 

After seeing the national tragedy of excessive police force across the country, Fisher became interested in her local department. She joined the Police Citizens Academy to learn more about police operations and procedures in Mill Creek.

"If you want to prevent crimes and increase the quality of life the way Mill Creek wants, you have to fully staff and fully fund your police department," Fisher said. 

As a member of the LGBT community, Fisher aims to focus on diversity and inclusion. When the Mill Creek Boulevard Commission selected a disproportionate amount of men compared to women, she fought for equality and asked the tough questions. Fisher said she wants to make sure everyone is invited to participate in their government.

"Are there ways that we are accidentally inviting men more than we're inviting women? How can we be proactive in making sure that people feel included in our environment?" Fisher asked.

Fisher and Berg are both passionate about service, as evident with their membership in the Mill Creek Women's Club. The organization primarily volunteers at the Snohomish County YWCA Pathways for Women, Woodside Elementary School in Bothell, and the Mill Creek Community Food Bank.

"I love the company of other women who are supporting each other and working to accomplish great things in the community," Fisher said. 

When Berg joined the club, she was most excited to volunteer at Woodside Elementary, which is the largest free and reduced lunch school in Mill Creek. She said the group provides the space for women to get together and enjoy recreational activities, like book clubs and other ways to connect.

Berg is competing for the school board with priorities to plan for growth mitigation, expand career and technical training, and improve the graduation rate. 

Photo courtesy of April Berg.

April Berg is competing against two people for pos. 2 on the Everett School Board.

At the end of ninth grade, only 73% of students are on track to graduate, Berg said. When broken down into racial minority groups, the gap gets even bigger. She aims to focus on improving the graduation rates of African American, Native American, and Latino/Latina students.

"That's going to be a big uphill climb," Berg said. "I want to tackle that head-on as a director, and really start having conversations with our school community about how we're going to do better by our students."

Berg said 40% of high school students in Everett School District go to school in Mill Creek. If elected, she will be the only school board representative from the city.

"People in Everett really forget that Mill Creek is a big part of their district," Berg said. "I think it's important for our city councilors to see a constituent advocate for different things the school needs." 

 

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