Mayor Laurie Gere will not seek re-election. Her second term ends at the end of this year.
"Throughout my time in office, I have sought to create an open and responsive City Hall where everyone feels welcome" Gere said To make government accessible, she held monthly coffees and weekly briefings where residents can come and get answers to their questions--- even during the pandemic.
As mayor, Gere has championed upgrades to City infrastructure, including the new water reservoirs on Blue Heron Circle, the new redundant raw water pipeline at the Water Treatment Plant, and overlays of R Ave, D Ave, and the City’s portion of Commercial Avenue. She developed a plan for a revamped south Commercial Avenue, the first portion of which may be built early next year with the rebuild of the 12th and Commercial intersection. Her signature achievement is the launch of the City’s municipal fiber internet service, which will support economic development, education, and quality of life.
“My passion is public service,” Gere said, which she has been committed to the community long before she became mayor. She has served the community for decades on the Anacortes Chamber board, Island Hospital Board as a Commissioner and on the City Planning Commission, and is now in her eighth year as mayor. “I’m ready to slow down and enjoy some travel, and focus on my family, my health, and the Deli,” Gere said. Gere has owned Gere-a-Deli, now an iconic Anacortes eatery, since 1981.
“My service as mayor has been the highlight of my life,” Gere said. “I love this job, and I love serving this community. But it’s time to pass the baton.”