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The Wenatchee City Council is comprised of the following seven members:

 Jim Baker

Position No. 1
Jim Bailey (2017) 

844 Kittitas Street 
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 662-2751
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In June of 2007, Jim retired from his 38-year teaching post at Wenatchee High School. In addition to his WHS teaching duties, Jim also served as adjunct faculty at Wenatchee Valley College and Seattle Pacific University. He has served on various state-wide professional boards and committees for a number of organizations, including the Washington Education Association, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington, and the Washington State Council for the Social Studies.

Jim has offered his talents to various City organizations for the past 25 years and considers his position as a City Councilmember a stewardship responsible for protecting and enhancing the property, facilities and programs of the City. As a Councilmember, his priorities include increasing citizen input and communication to the Council, encouraging sustainable economic diversity and supporting affordable housing efforts.

Jim and his wife have three grown children and six grandchildren. He enjoys reading, hiking, biking, backpacking, alpine climbing, traveling and spending time with family. 


Esparza Ruth

Position No. 2  
Ruth Esparza (2015)

2106 Sutton Place
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 881-7253
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Ruth Esparza is a Staff Attorney with the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), in Wenatchee Washington. She graduated from Westside High School in 1995. She attended Wenatchee Valley College earing her Associates of Arts Degree in 2000. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Political Science Degree in 2002. At Gonzaga University School of Law, Ruth earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2005. After graduating from law school, Ruth moved back to her hometown of Wenatchee and began to work at Northwest Justice Project representing victims of domestic violence and procuring the safety of families.

Ruth’s passion for public service drives her to serve on the Chelan/Douglas County United Way Board. She’s also an active member of the Wenatchee Downtown Rotary. She has previously served on the Wenatchee Community Center Board, the Volunteer Attorney Services Board, and she also participates in various other boards and committees, which work on social justice issues in her community. In 2005 Ruth received the Westside High School Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2008, Ruth received the Wenatchee Valley Civil Rights and Social Justice Award in recognition of her commitment to the community. In 2011 Ruth and her siblings received the Wenatchee Valley College Distinguished Alumni Award. That same year, she also received a Certificate of Achievement from the Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute. Ruth is dedicated to mentoring young college-bound minority and underprivileged children, ranging from elementary school to high school.

Ruth moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 1984. Growing up in a modest Latino farm worker family in the Wenatchee Valley, her family struggled, as so many working poor in our state. Her personal experiences and struggles drive her to ensure that all citizens of Wenatchee be represented. She also believes that understanding the unique challenges of our marginalized communities is important to alleviating social and poverty issues within the City of Wenatchee. Having lived in Wenatchee for the last 30 years, Ruth’s priority on the Wenatchee City Council is to maintain financial security and safeguard the small town values of this community.

Ruth enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, and dancing. 

 Karen Rutherford

Position No. 3 
Karen Rutherford  (2015) 

2105 Ione Street 
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 662-2039
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Raised an Army brat, Karen spent her childhood traveling, always returning home to Eastern Washington to visit grandparents and relatives in the lower Yakima Valley. Eighteen years ago she moved to Wenatchee with her husband Peter to raise their young family. They love Wenatchee for its beauty and year-round activities and skiing, hiking and biking are favorite family pastimes. Karen is currently the Science Resource Coordinator for the Wenatchee School District.

Karen graduated from Walla Walla’s Whitman College in 1978 with a degree in History/American Studies. She has worked in the banking industry as a lending officer in Washington and Oregon, and in 1985 she began her career in downtown development with the Cody Main Street Project as their Executive Director.

Upon her arrival in Wenatchee in 1990, she continued her work with the Main Street Project as a volunteer with the Wenatchee Downtown Association. She served for many years on the WDA Board of Directors and is a past president. Being in Cincinnati with the Wenatchee delegation to receive the Great American Main Street Award was the highlight of her Main Street career.

Karen has been active with the City’s Historic Preservation Board and is a former board member of both the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center and Habitat for Humanity. She is passionate about children excelling in math and science and is the Regional Director for the Math is Cool program. During the summer, she teaches a science class for elementary students that involves everything from racing solar powered mini cars to blasting pop bottle water rockets high in the sky!

Current Council/Intergovernmental Assignments:
• Chelan Douglas County Board of Health
• Regional Support Network Governing Board/Developmental Disability Program for Chelan/Douglas Counties
• Wenatchee City Park Board
• Wenatchee Valley Tourism Promotion Assessment Commission

City Council Priorities:
• Wenatchee Downtown – Support and help to maintain our vibrant downtown area.
• Planning – Continue to review and revise zoning ordinances to accommodate our changing and growing community. Affordable housing, parks and the foothills are areas of special support and concern.
• Communication – Foster and maintain open communication with all citizens and governmental agencies in our Valley.
• Infrastructure – Strong supporter of maintaining our roads and public facilities. A new fire station is a high priority for our community. 


Keith Huffaker

Position No. 4 
Keith Huffaker (2017)

1409 Kirby Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 885-3968
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Born and raised in Pullman, Washington, Keith moved his family to Wenatchee in 1980. He worked nights at Chief Wenatchee while attending classes at Wenatchee Valley College. Keith then worked his way up the ladder to become a forklift and line mechanic, electrician and then a self-taught computer programmer. Keith now works for Westmark industries as programmer and consultant. Westmark is very involved with product identification and data collection in the fruit industry and other packing and manufacturing businesses.

As a newly appointed city council member, one of Keith’s goals is to reach out to the citizens of Wenatchee for their input. “The tax payers of Wenatchee deserve a voice in how their money is spent. My desire is to be one of those voices for the citizens of Wenatchee. I encourage all citizens of Wenatchee to get involved in the future of our great city! I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you.”

Keith also feels he can be a great asset in helping the city of Wenatchee get back to a position of financially stability, while continuing to provide ample safety and city appeal. He believes the city of Wenatchee is going to need to live conservatively for the next few years to recover from the current state of the economy and financial position Wenatchee is currently in. “These are tough financial times not only for the citizens of Wenatchee, but all of Washington state and America. Tough choices need to be made now for the future of Wenatchee, our children and generations to come.”

Keith and his wife Robin have raised 6 children in the Wenatchee valley and now have 16 grandchildren. Robin was born and raised here and enjoys all the Wenatchee valley has to offer. She recently retired from a long career in the dental field and currently enjoys working at the Gilded Lily.

In their free time, they are members of the Wenatchee Row and Paddle club, love to walk and bike on our many trails, gardening, camping, reading, frisbee golf and attending their grandchildren’s many activities.

Mark Kulaas

Position No. 5
Mark Kulaas (2015) 

PO Box 994 
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 668-2658 (h) (509) 884-7173 (w)
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Born and raised in Wenatchee, Mark is grateful for the opportunity to serve the public. He was elected in 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Mark is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and brings more than 35 years of professional land use planning experience to the Council. He also currently serves as the Land Services Director for Douglas County in East Wenatchee.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mark is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Washington State Association of County and Regional Planning Directors, is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), the Professional Advisory Committee for Eastern Washington University Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Rotary Club of Wenatchee (Downtown). He also holds the designation of Advanced Certified Municipal Leader bestowed by the Association of Washington Cities.

Mark is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Council and be part of a team of elected officials and employees who share a dedication to creating a world-class community, and believes that together we can build a better City for current and future generations.

Current Council/Intergovernmental Assignments:
• Chair, Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
• City of Wenatchee Disability Board
• City of Wenatchee Grievance Committee
• City of Wenatchee Cemetery Advisory Committee
• Wenatchee Downtown Association Board of Directors

City Council Priorities:
• Our physical community should develop in a manner envisioned by our citizens for the benefit of the public as a whole and not for narrowly focused, specific interests.
• Our natural community should be protected and conserved so that the environmental qualities that make us an attractive City are not lost.
• Our social and cultural community should offer a wide range of educational, financial, housing, recreational, and entertainment opportunities for all citizens, regardless of age, economic status and cultural heritage.
• Our City services, and the finances to pay for them, should be managed in a manner that assures efficient delivery at a sustainable cost.


Linda Herald Picture

Position No. 6
Linda Herald (2015)
PO Box 844
Wenatchee, WA 98807-0844
(509) 670-0309 (c)
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Linda has been a resident of Wenatchee and the Wenatchee Valley since 1979 where she met her husband David and has raised their two sons, John and Jason.  Linda and David have five grandchildren with whom they spend much of their time.  She enjoys camping, hiking, reading and photography.  Wenatchee has remained their home because they love the many recreational activities available and the sense of volunteerism and hospitality that Wenatchee embodies.

Linda attended Spokane Falls Community College and Wenatchee Valley College studying business.  Since 1986, she has worked in the hospitality industry and for the past twelve years has had the privilege to serve as the Director of Sales at the Wenatchee Convention Center.  Her love for tourism and the benefits it brings to our community is the reason for her interest in serving on the Wenatchee City Council.  Tourism is our second largest industry and she feels it is a key component in the solution to many of our current economic problems.

Currently, Linda serves her community in the following organizations:  Wenatchee Central Lions, Past-President, Lion Tamer, and Board Member; Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, Board Member; Wenatchee Applarians, Roundtable Member; Washington Society of Executives, Past Board Member and Associate Member of the Year.

Linda's concerns for the City of Wenatchee include resolving the outstanding debt with the Town Toyota Center, economic development, the development of Riverside Drive, promotion and expansion of our tourism base, maintaining our quality of life and safety in Wenatchee.  As a long-time resident of Wenatchee, she is very excited to serve her community on the Wenatchee City Council. 


Bryan Campbell

Position No. 7
Bryan Campbell (2015)
1837 Jefferson Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 630-0725 (c)  (509) 888-6644 (w)
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Bryan was born and raised in Wenatchee where he attended public schools and received his Associate in Arts degree from Wenatchee Valley College.  After graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration he started his 27-year banking career with Rainier National Bank in downtown Wenatchee.  Bryan is currently the owner of Pro Active Business Solutions, LLC and provides alternative financing and consulting services to local businesses.  He is excited about the opportunity to utilize his finance, business, and leadership skills representing the citizens of Wenatchee. 

Bryan's wife Jody is also a Wenatchee native and they have four grown children between them and one grandchild that they thoroughly enjoy.  Bryan appreciates the business climate, educational system, medical facilities, recreational opportunities, cultural diversity, and wonderful people in the Wenatchee Valley.  As a public servant on the City Council, Bryan will do his best to help maintain public safety by retaining vital services, ensure fiscal responsibility, proactively represent our citizens, build public trust through communication and transparency, and provide leadership and a common-sense approach to government.  He would also like to increase interaction with the public and keep them informed and engaged in city issues and activities. 

Community service is a priority for Bryan and he has been actively involved in numerous organizations including the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Wenatchee North Rotary, Wenatchee Valley Crime Stoppers, Habitat for Humanity, Wenatchee Police Reserves, Chelan County Fire District No. 1, and Applarians.  He is passionate about the Wenatchee Valley and desires to maintain and improve our quality of life.  He believes that tourism is a vital and integral part of the economic engine in our valley, and should be encouraged through additional marketing efforts.  Working together with community and government leaders, Bryan hopes to help secure a better future for all generations to enjoy.

Bryan realizes that elected officials are representatives of the public they serve, and should avoid letting special interests dictate their decision making process.  He encourages you to call his personal cell phone at (509) 630-0725 with your comments, concerns and opinions.  Bryan is grateful for your confidence and honored to represent you on the Wenatchee City Council.



Last updated: 4/24/2015 8:43:21 AM