Ridgefield, the fifth-fastest-growing city in Washington between 2011 and 2012, is home to more than 5,200 residents. Councilors are considering whether the city should join the Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission System, a regional sewer main that would connect the city to the Salmon Creek Treatment Plant, opening the area up to more business development. Day said she supports connecting Ridgefield to the system, and responsibly managing Ridgefield’s growth.
Tracy, Day’s challenger, has lived in the northern area of Clark County since 2000, but is new to the city of Ridgefield. She said she got to know the city well, though, when she was a La Center city councilor and worked on projects with the Ridgefield council. While on the La Center City Council, she served for three years as mayor pro-tem.
Tracy said the Ridgefield City Council should focus first and foremost on job creation, affordable housing, and ways to raise revenue for the city, either through grant and loan opportunities or by enticing large companies to take root in the city. She also wants the city to crack down on drivers who speed through neighborhoods, where children and pets are present.
When it comes to whether Ridgefield should link up to the Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission System, Tracy said she needs to do more research before forming an opinion.
“I haven’t really gotten into all the facts and figures,” she said, adding that she looks forward to learning more about the system if elected. “I like to be very educated on whatever subject we’re talking about or learning about before I comment or before I take votes.”