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1985 YHS grad took a different path – a road less-traveled

“Federal Way Mayor-elect has vision for revitalizing city, new PACC initiatives”
By Carrie Rodriguez,Editor of the Federal Way Mirror on December 27, 2013:
“Jim Ferrell didnt smoke.

A self-described straight-laced student, Ferrell had a list of things he didnt do sticking up for his fellow students at Yelm High School wasnt one of them.

So when Ferrell lost the election for junior class president, he dusted off the devastation of losing and found a new way to help students.”

“By his senior year, he ran again for student body president and he won.”

‘I just remember that moment because I had been on the outside for so long and then walking up to the podium in this little theater in Yelm High School and all of a sudden Im like, wow, now its on me. Now Ive got to figure out what were going to do and I just remember that transition,’ recalled Ferrell, who will officially take his new seat as mayor of Federal Way on Jan. 1, 2014. ‘Im in that moment now.’

“His father died of a heart attack at the age of 43 when Ferrell was 9 years old. He later moved with his mother and three siblings to Yelm, where he became captain of the football team and graduated from Yelm High School in 1985.”

“Ferrell plans to ‘hit the ground running’ when he begins the position [Mayor of Federal Way] next week. He has several ambitious goals but the most challenging one he said will be ‘bringing the factions of this community together.’
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– UPDATE: January 21, 2014
“New Federal Way mayor eager for growth”
“Ferrell sees inspiration in other South Sound communities, New York for economic progress”
By Arnie Aurellano in the Business Examiner.
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