To all my Ferndale friends and supporters , I am writing to inform of my formal resignation to the 2020 bid for Ferndale City Council, Position 3. 

I first chose to run because I wanted to make a difference in our community at a new and different level than I have been involved in the past. As most of you know, I have been deeply committed to this community through years of service to the Boys & Girls Club and the Chamber of Commerce. I was hired last year as the program director for the Ferndale Chamber, after serving five years on the Board of Directors and two years on the executive team.

At the beginning of August I became the organization’s interim executive director and I am humbled and honored that at the September Board Meeting, I was  appointed as the full time executive director.

Ferndale is headed in an exciting direction of growth, so it is imperative that the Chamber is there to ensure the bridging of community and economic vitality, making it the best place to live, work and do business. In order to do this, I'll need to focus all of my efforts on this mission and I would be remiss to think I could serve the citizens of Ferndale to the level at which I think they need support and being able to bring the Ferndale Chamber into the next decade with a comprehensive strategic plan for the future.

It is with great honor that I offer my endorsement to Erin Gunter for Position 3. I have had the unique opportunity to get to know her and work alongside her at the Makayla Street Jam and the Ferndale Street Festival. I fully understand and acknowledge her passion for serving the citizens and know she will be a positive force on the Council, absolutely committed as a public servant. 

I want to recognize each candidate who have stepped up with interest to help lead Ferndale at the council level. It takes bravery and thick skin to be able to face the masses who scrutinize every move and comment. It also takes a great degree of dedication to be this committed to the community. I think it’s important to remember that we all have interests and we find and support those who align with our interests, while still being respectful and not afraid to hold discourse and hard space with each other as to define compromise and collaboration. We all have a common goal, being productive members of society.

My charge to the citizens of Ferndale is, expect greater things and be prepared to be involved, because by your involvement we will make this place a wonderful place to live, work and do business! 

Thank you for your incredible support throughout this journey. 


Anya Milton