Long-Time Shoreline Community Volunteer and Planning Commissioner Robin McClelland Announces Campaign for Shoreline City Council

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Robin McClelland, candidate for Shoreline City Council
Robin McClelland has announced her campaign to seek Position 6 on the Shoreline City Council, the seat that will be vacated by Councilmember Terry Scott.

An eight-year veteran of the Shoreline Planning Commission and a planning professional, McClelland is a community volunteer who is active as a school tutor at Richmond Beach Library and with Banchero Friends, a local organization for developmentally disabled young adults. She was also a volunteer on the successful 2010 Proposition 1 campaign in support of Shoreline’s parks and public facilities.

McClelland cites her deep roots in the community and professional background as her motivation to serve. “I love Shoreline and want to use my experience to make sure we reach our full potential.”

McClelland says her focus on the Council will be protecting essential services and improving Shoreline’s business climate. “My husband is a small business owner, and I know how important it is to keep Shoreline a great place to do business and attract new investments. I believe every commercial building should be occupied and the businesses in them should be thriving.”

She continues, “I maintain a strong commitment to seeing us complete the work we started on Aurora Avenue, our long-awaited city center, and the town center park. These infrastructure improvements will attract business to our community and enhance our already excellent quality of life.”

A professional planner with over 30 years of experience, McClelland has worked with a number of Washington cities. In recent years, Robin was a principal planner with the Puget Sound Regional Council where she worked on the teams that prepared the region’s long-range plans: Vision 2040 and Transportation 2040.

“That work gave me a real understanding of Shoreline’s role in the region, a perspective that I think will add a lot of value to the city council. As we have learned from Point Wells, we live and work in constant relationship to the cities we border, and to Snohomish County,” she says.

McClelland received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1978 and her Master’s Degree in Regional Planning (MRP) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. She holds a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Washington Extension Program. In 2010 she was inducted into the college of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the highest distinction in her profession.

McClelland and her husband, Keith, moved to Shoreline in 1998, and became active in city life. At the same time Robin served on the Planning Commission, Keith sat on the board of the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Arts Council and served a two-year term as president. During his tenure, he was instrumental in developing the North City Jazz Walk in partnership with the arts council, the city, and the North City Business Association.

The McClelland’s have two grown sons and two grandsons who live in Seattle, but frequently visit Shoreline’s beaches, pools, parks, and skate parks. 


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