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'Ranking member'

Councilor McDowell is last active member of Shelton City Commission


February 3, 2022

Gordon Weeks

Shelton native Kathy McDowell was elected to the Shelton City Commission in 2015 and made the transition to the seven-member Shelton City Council. Fellow council member Joe Schmit refers to her as "the ranking member."

Kathy McDowell is a survivor.

The 68-year-old McDowell is the last active member from the three-member Shelton City Commission, and hence the longest serving member of the seven-member Shelton City Council.

"My heart is in the community," the Shelton native said. "I love this community, and I want to see it thrive."

McDowell's council term is up at the end of 2023, and she's considering running for another term even while living with Parkinson's disease. She said she has projects she wants to help complete, including her pet project: the basketball and pickleball courts that will be created...

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