Even though I planned on being out meeting voters right now, I’ve been following the stay at home orders because I care about the health and safety of my friends and neighbors and everyone in my community. While people are adapting and adjusting to the new routines, it is clear that many are facing very real hardships. Business owners, employees, parents and teachers have all had to figure out how to get through the days and weeks ahead while keeping their loved ones safe and paying the bills. In times like this, people need to be able to turn to their local leaders for information and support.
As a county commissioner, I will ensure that our residents have access to information to find the help they need. I have done that on my website where I posted a link to resources and organizations that can help with basic needs such as food, shelter, health care, business loans and grants, financial support and more.
Okanogan County has come together in the recent past to overcome wildfires and floods—and we can draw on the same strength and fortitude that got us through those hard times to overcome this challenge. We were there for each other then, so let’s be there for each other now.
Our families and businesses want to get back to work and we can do it safely if we all pull together and do our part. Staying at home when possible, shopping at places that are practicing good social distancing measures and wearing a mask in public are all things we can do to show that we care. I’ve even managed to find some time to sew masks on my grandmother’s old sewing machine! It is my small way of contributing and it feels good.
-Katie Haven, Candidate for Okanogan County Commissioner, District 2
Learn more about Katie: www.katiehaven.com