October 16, 2000
Clinton named new Carnation council member
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
CARNATION - Lifetime resident Laurie Clinton has been appointed to fill the City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Councilmember Don Raybuck. By unanimous vote of the City Council, Clinton was selected to fill the remaining 13 months of the unexpired term. She received the oath of office at the Oct. 10 council meeting.
Clinton, 47, has served the community for many years. She was co-founder, along with Carnation Elementary Principal Jim Jordan, of the Riverview School District Emergency Preparedness Committee. She is past president of the PTSA at Carnation Elementary and was a Carnation Planning Commissioner for two years. She has been active in "kids stuff," as well, she says, including Boy Scouts, baseball and soccer.
Clinton lives on a 30-acre farm which has been in her husband Doug's family for over 85 years. Their son, Zeb, is now a second-year student at the University of Washington.
Clinton says that the farm is also home to numerous cows, horses, pigs, llamas, goats and chickens.
Her expertise with livestock and ability to work with a diverse group of people qualified her to become King County Department of Natural Resources Livestock Program coordinator, a position she has held for six years.
Clinton says the Livestock Program coordinator is a public outreach position in which she works with people to encourage "best management practices" in the raising and keeping of livestock.
She has also worked with the city's Citizen Sewer Advisory Committee and says sewers are very important to the survival of the city.
"I hope that we continue to be a great little small city...we are at a crossroads and need to get some issues settled," she said. "We need to strengthen the tax base to survive and thrive, which includes keeping retail businesses while maintaining the small town atmosphere."
Clinton emphasized that the town does have a good comprehensive growth plan, but said that some growth concerns are valid and encourages citizens to become active in the process.
"In perspective, there are three times as many people here as in the '70s, but the business base was considerably larger then," she said. "Just because we have new business doesn't mean we will run rampant with growth. It is important to have a tax base...we depend on that to keep the town running. We need to bring the town back to lifečto what it once was."