Katie Anderson: Why I'm running for Town Council (again)
From the NK Democratic Town Committee endorsement application form:
1) Why do you want this position? Please include what specific initiatives you would want to accomplish if you are elected.
I am seeking re-election to this office for two simple reasons:
1) it has been the honor of a lifetime to serve my community in this way, and 2) there's more work to do.
More specifically, my platform will focus on inclusive community, environmental and historic preservation, strong and safe schools, and transparent and effective governance. My voting record, in direct contrast to my Republican colleagues, indicates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; school funding; action on climate change; and a commitment to upholding first amendment rights.
I look forward to coming up with innovative funding solutions to ensure we can move forward with a recreation center, new middle school, and new public safety complex. These will greatly enhance quality-of-life and safety for our community.
2) What experiences from your life have prepared you for this position and would help you be effective in this role?
I am a clinical social worker in a community mental health setting. I respond to behavioral health crises alongside police and fire departments. Through my professional role, I hear every day the concerns affecting those whose voices are not often represented in traditional power structures.
My past work also includes roles in public policy, healthcare management, and non-profit fundraising and development. I have transferred the skills from these jobs to my work on the Council. For example, I championed our participation in the Municipal Resiliency Program, which saw almost $675,000 in grants come to North Kingstown for climate-related projects.
3) What specific value would you add to either the existing Town Council or School Committees going forward?
I feel I am uniquely situated to serve as Town Councilor. I am raising two small children here in town, and my parents - both retirees - live around the corner. This gives me a 360 degree perspective on our community. I believe I am the only Council candidate who can bring the perspective of young working families. In this current climate, that perspective is of tremendous value and is sorely needed.