Robert J Pinkley to run for City Council in Position 6 in the City of Ferndale
Elected Experience: NA.
Other Professional Experience : Co-owner and founder of Leader Block Wine Co. & Italian Eatery in downtown Ferndale, employing 10-15 people after extensive work to rehab historic building. Previously worked with U.S. Department of Commerce, helping manufacturers seeking to export products.
Education: Master of Arts degree in Political Economy, University of Pittsburgh; Bachelor of Arts degree, Pacific Lutheran University.
Community Service : Volunteer and mentor serving the homeless with Catholic Community Services; assistant scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America.
Ferndale has talked about creating a thriving and vibrant downtown for years. My Leader Block Wine Co. & Italian Eatery, which opened three years ago and survived a pandemic, shows that I know what it takes to make downtown the attractive centerpiece of our community and know what government can do to assist downtown. The restaurant also has affordable housing above it as part of the building rehabilitation.
The Ferndale City Council needs the perspective of a small business owner who lives and works downtown, hears the concerns of local residents coming through my doors, and has employees depending on him. It seems our city government is a bit detached from downtown and not sensitive to its needs. When taxes, zoning and regulations are being considered, I can provide feedback on whether they will actually help or hurt not only downtown, but our entire community.
We should channel the competitive spirit of our amazing high school athletes, working hard to be the best Ferndale can be with our public safety, parks, environment and infrastructure. I want to be even more involved in our wonderful community and humbly ask you to vote for Robert Pinkley for Ferndale City Council.