Second East Wenatchee council member announces bid for mayor

East Wenatchee Councilwoman Jerrilea Crawford

EAST WENATCHEE — A second East Wenatchee council member has announced candidacy for the fall mayoral election.

Jerrilea Crawford, 47, has served on the council since January 2016. She joins Councilman Tim Detering in seeking to replace retiring Mayor Steve Lacy, who has been in office since 1998.

Crawford, deputy director for the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, said she brings passion and energy to the table and feels the time is right for her to give back in a new way.

"I'm just excited about the future of our community," she said. "I think we have some amazing leaders in different agencies. I'm looking forward to participating on a new level and being engaged with the community."

She said one of East Wenatchee's challenges is how quickly it's growing, and elected officials must monitor the growth rate, use resources wisely and plan ahead.

"We're a community that is attracting a lot of new residents, and we have job opportunities, but we're lacking in housing — especially affordable housing," she said.

The city is also exploring annexation options, which would increase the demand on staff and facilities, she said.

Crawford represents the city on the East Wenatchee Events Board and RiverCom 911 board. She is also a Kiwanis club member.

One of her goals, she said, is to establish new partnerships and build on the current ones.

"I think when you have fresh leadership, you get some new energy and a new set of citizens that become interested and engaged in the process," she said. "That means a lot to me, to have citizen engagement and participation from businesses and other agencies. I think that's my biggest goal at this point: to get more involvement."

Candidate filing is May 13-17. The primary is Aug. 6, and the general election is Nov. 5.