My name is Thomas D. Bell and I am running for City Council seat B. I currently serve on City Council in seat B.
In 2001, I moved from Seattle to Unalaska. During my time here, I have worked for the Unalaska City School District, City of Unalaska, been an independent business owner, worked in the shipping industry and currently work as a Longshoreman for the ILWU. I have served as a shop steward while employed at Horizon/Matson and currently serve as a labor representative for ILWU Unit 223.
Unalaska has been my home for 19 years. I have three adult children, all of whom graduated from Unalaska City High School. I own a home in the Valley where I reside with my partner Debbie Zueger and two very spoiled pets.
I spend my spare time outdoors boating, fishing, hiking or flying, enjoying the amazing beauty of our island home. As a private pilot, flying is my true passion and I am always looking for the next adventure!
Over the past 19 years, I have stayed informed about city and community projects and issues. This motivated me to serve on the City Planning Commission, where I gained knowledge about city processes and insight into how city government functions. In January of 2020, I applied to serve out the remaining term for vacated City Council seat B, and was appointed by the Mayor and Council to fill Council seat B, the seat I currently hold.
My approach to city government is a common sense one. I read the council packet before each meeting and review the information and facts provided by the City Manager, City Support Staff and other experts, and ask for clarification as needed. I listen to citizen input. I draw upon my experiences as a long-term resident. Then I put this information together and do my best to arrive at a decision that puts the community's best interests first.
Over the past 19 years, I have seen the change and growth the city has experienced and the challenges our community has overcome, as well as those we still face. I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve on City Council, in seat B, to continue to address these challenges and serve the community. I would appreciate your support on Oct. 6.