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Nancy R., Kent Resident
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Dave F., Kent Resident
"It was great to talk to someone that respresents the seniors of Kent that truly 'gets it', thank for giving me some encouragement and hope."
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Dennis Higgins, Former Kent City Council Member
"Marli has shown consistent intellegence and hard work. She's that rare individual who will study issues carefully and then use her voice and vote to move the city forward."
May 22, 2023
Here we go - you can't keep me down!
Dear Friends and Community: I'm pleased to officially announce that I am running for reelection to Kent City Council. But why am I so late in announcing? Well, I have some other news too. I have spent the better part of the last three months beginning my journey to beat breast cancer. Thankfully, today, four days post surgery, I can say that the cancer is out of my body.
While this certainly slowed me down for a few months, it also energized me. I saw first hand what community means and how blessed we are to call Kent home. We are mere minutes from some of the best medical care in the region, we have beautiful parks and open spaces to walk and de-stress in and we have a community full of caring and loving individuals. Many who work in healthcare and are literal angels on earth.
I draw inspiration from our own Mayor Dana Ralph who ran for mayor while undergoing chemotherapy.. If she can do that, I can run to keep my seat during radiation. With every fiber in me, I want to continue the important work of ensuring we have a safe, secure, equitable and thriving city to call home.
I don’t share this for sympathy, but awareness. It was the Mayor’s own annual message to get your mammogram that reminded me to get the one that found my tumor. I have no family history and was always considered low risk, yet here I am. Cancer is random and has no preferences. This annual mammogram is the only reason it was found so early. Early detection saves lives, truly.
This is probably the strangest campaign announcement you have ever read, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t use my voice to remind women to get that mammogram and men to remind the women they love - moms, sisters, aunties - to schedule theirs.
I have radiation and another surgery ahead, but know that I am well. I am energized, my volunteers are energized, and I am ready to run to continue to represent for you my beloved community.