The Twisp Town Council has named Hannah Cordes, a Twisp resident for the past three-and-a-half years, to fill a vacant seat on the council.
Cordes owns Aspen Grove, a kitchenware store in Winthrop, and said she wants to apply her experience as a small business owner to try to encourage growth of businesses in Twisp.
“I would like to see more businesses open and thriving in Twisp,” Cordes said during an interview with the council before she was sworn in as a board member last week.
“I would like to see Twisp coming alive even more,” Cordes said. “Where are the stumbling blocks? What can the town do to help business move forward? I’d like to see what individual businesses’ needs are,” she said.
Cordes is filling the council seat previously held by Ashley Thrasher, who resigned in October after moving outside the town limits. Thrasher was appointed to replace Josh Thomson, who chose to leave the council due to work and family demands. The term expires at the end of this year, and Cordes would need to run for election in November if she wants to remain on the council.
For the past two years, Cordes has served on the Twisp Airport Advisory Board, a pilot group that advises the council. Her husband is a pilot and Cordes is a student pilot, and the couple has a plane at the Twisp airport. She said she has been impressed with the “positive partnership” between the town and the pilots on the advisory board. Cordes said she will step off the airport board now that she is a council member.
Cordes is also a member of the Methow Arts board of directors, and said she is enthusiastic about the cultural and artistic identity that is evolving in Twisp.
“I’m very excited about the public art” that Twisp is planning to install at the entrances of the town,” she said. “It’s a very visual way to say this is a cool place … it’s worth stopping here, shopping here, moving here.”
Before moving the Methow Valley, Cordes worked as a social worker and as a chef in Seattle. She moved to the valley about five years ago with her husband, Bob, and two sons and lived in the Rendezvous area near Winthrop before buying a home on Burgar Street in Twisp.
“I love Twisp. It’s such a special place and really feels like home,” she said. When she learned of the council vacancy, she saw it “as a way to contribute and be involved in where the town is, and where it’s going.”