Patti Bushee, 54, has been a prominent player on our community’s political stage since her first appointment to the City Council in 1994. She considers herself a champion for social justice issues, women’s rights, environmental and sustainability causes, and youth development. She supported the creation of Warehouse 21 and has played a leading role on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. “We’re a small city, but we have some big problems that we have to deal with,” she told Generation Next.
She is quick to highlight the complexity inherent in solving large-scale, multi-dimensional social, economic and political problems. “The most pressing need in our community is to confront poverty, homelessness and economic inequality. In order to do that, we must grow and diversify our local economy.” She is aware of the need to address youth issues and concerns: “Diversification comes in because we’ve slowly become a retirement community. We need to make sure that we create the kind of opportunity that attracts young people.”
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