*Originally shared on November 1, 2021
Dear Ferndale & Ellensburg Community,
When I set out on this journey of public service, I did it with one thing in mind: to serve the public. Serving others has always been the number one driving force in my life. It has led me to amazing people and opportunities. I am grateful to Ellensburg and its residents for all the lessons, for the friendships, and the opportunities. Ferndale is now my home, and I am looking forward to continuing this work of creating equitable and inclusive spaces of understanding, of peace, and education for all.
After careful consideration, I have decided to discontinue my campaign efforts and the pursuit of my election to Ellensburg City Council, position 3. If elected tomorrow, I will defer to the City of Ellensburg to make an appropriate appointment to occupy the seat.
As I close this chapter, and move onto another, I want to sincerely thank everyone that supported me throughout this journey. Being the first woman of color to aspire to this seat was an incredible honor and undertaking; one that I was ready to commit to wholeheartedly. Life surprised me with the opportunity to serve students and community in Ferndale as their new Director of Equity and Inclusion. It has been the best decision for me and my family. I have purchased a home and moved my family to Ferndale. I am fully committed to serving Ferndale Schools and thrilled to be a part of the Ferndale community.
Bárbara del Mar Robles