Planning Commissioner and small business owner Jenne Alderks announces run for Bothell City Council, points to track record of community organizing and innovative policy reforms
March 17, 2021
BOTHELL, WA — Jenne Alderks launched a bid today for Bothell City Council, pointing to a track record of successfully advocating for and implementing holistic policy solutions. Jenne (pronounced “Jenny,” with an E) is a small business owner serving North Sound families as a professional doula, a member of the Bothell Planning Commission, and a newly-minted children’s book author.
“I hear all the time from Bothellites that they want leaders in City Hall who think big and tackle problems from a holistic perspective, rather than one-off solutions,” says Alderks. “It’s not that our City Council isn’t focused on the challenges Bothell faces—I know they are. I’m running because I want a City Council committed to healing the wounds of the past and focused on inclusive and equitable policymaking as we look to the future.”
Jenne first turned to community organizing in the service of childbearing families to promote access to holistic health care and address institutional trauma. Jenne’s involvement led to a change in state law that increased Washington families’ access to licensed midwifery care.
Frustrated by the lack of coordinated support for children with special needs, and as a parent to three children who are on the autism spectrum, Jenne then turned to community building in the Northshore School District. Jenne’s involvement contributed to the creation of Northshore Family Partnership, an alternative learning program for Northshore students.
Drawing on experience working with homeless clients and supporting loved ones with physical and emotional disabilities, Jenne coordinates local volunteers to provide meals to neighbors experiencing homelessness in a winter cold-weather shelter operated through a partnership with the Kenmore Bothell Interfaith Group (KBIG) and Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness.
As a strong supporter of equal rights, Jenne currently serves as a co-chair for Anti-Racist Communities: Bothell, advocating with BIPOC communities to address institutional racism in policing, economic opportunity and government policy.
“Serving on the Planning Commission has allowed me to contribute to some modest recent policy successes and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve on City Council so that I can help Bothell lead the region in public safety, affordable housing, and anti-racist policy,” says Alderks. “I’m running for City Council because I have a vision of a thriving Bothell, a vision I know many of my neighbors share.”