Jill Boudreau has been mayor of Mount Vernon since 2012. As KNKX Connects to the Skagit Valley, Boudreau takes KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco on a walk through the city’s downtown.
Boudreau on connection with the community: “We could do things differently. We could take the idea of our community policing — that we need the community to make decisions together — and take it to city government. I think I surprise people when I call them back or e-mail them back directly. I like to be able to really talk to people.”
Boudreau on the vitality of downtown Mount Vernon: “The downtown has 77 storefronts. [In 2012] it was probably about 15 or 16 empty ones. What I’ve seen in the last seven years is that we’ve filled up.”