After high school and growing-up into college I had a lot of fine opportunities to meet a lot of fine folks. One of them was Barb Tolbert. She became my mentor in that she taught me a lot about my profession of the time (public relations and marketing) and, like all great mentors, bestowed upon me her wisdom of many general life lessons that I still use to this day. She encouraged me, and sat me right-down on my butt when needed. She is one of my cherished friends, even as time and life have escaped us. I admire her, and I know she is great.
It did not surprise me when I learned a few months ago that she was running for mayor – how cool! And she did it! Barb Tolbert is the Mayor-elect of Arlington, WA. I am so proud of her and the community she continues to build, encourage and foster.
Barb – you are one of my personal heros. I just know that you will continue to do great things and that your constituents are very lucky to have somebody as impassioned as you are to lead them.
Congratulations! You’re a rock star!