My husband and I attended the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) mayoral forum on Sept. 26, which focused on questions regarding the candidates’ plans to combat mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness in our community.
Losing a son to opioid addiction, I realize the challenges for our next mayor and I attended to hear what the candidates had to say. Judy Tuohy stated that, on her first day as mayor of Everett, she will convene a regional summit on these issues, work with all neighboring cities and county to identify needs, partner with existing social services, and work together to fill the gaps in housing, treatment options and mental health care.
She will pressure the state and federal government to step up with needed funding and ensure the city is accessing it. Her other priorities are filling all vacancies in the police department and opening a temporary day shelter to get the homeless off the street and connected to services. This makes much more sense to me than running the vulnerable out of Everett or placing another Band-Aid on the problem, and it will be a great improvement over the city’s ineffective response to date.
These are all very sensitive issues among citizens in Everett. We all want a safe city with clean parks and neighborhoods free of encampments. Judy is a compassionate leader who has the financial and business experience our city needs to tackle this. Join me in voting for Judy Tuohy on Nov. 7.
Debbie Scodeller Warfield