Thirty-year Pullman resident will run for City Council seat

Megan Guido moved to town in fifth grade, worked at Pullman Regional Hospital for over 20 years

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COURTESY OF MEGAN GUIDO

Megan Guido completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho before moving to Seattle for a master’s degree in public administration.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor

Pullman resident Megan Guido moved here from Brooklyn, New York in fifth grade. In the 30 years she has spent in Pullman, she never expected she would be living in the same house she grew up in.

Guido said she went to Gladish Middle School, then Pullman High School. She later completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho before moving to Seattle for a master’s degree in public administration.

Even after moving across the state, Guido said she found herself back in Pullman, where she worked at Pullman Regional Hospital for more than 20 years. 

“It was an ideal place to grow up,” she said. “But I also left Pullman, as many people do, and I worked in Seattle. It made me appreciate Pullman and its many attributes.” 

Guido said she retired from her position as PRH’s chief marketing and community relations officer in February. Now, she has her sights set on Pullman City Council’s Ward 3 seat. 

She said she believes strongly in getting involved in the political process to make social and economic change. 

“Pullman isn’t sheltered from things like the pandemic … from social unrest, or lack of affordable housing, or food insecurity. Those are all things that have touched our community,” Guido said. “We need to address those things now, but also think about what that might look like in the near future.”

She said she has always thought about running for political office, but it never seemed like the right time. After she stepped back from working at PRH and found out Councilmember Brandon Chapman was not running for re-election, it seemed like the right time. 

Guido’s platform is based on inclusivity and proactive governance, she said. 

“I believe that working together is absolutely imperative on city maintenance issues, but also proactively looking ahead at what may lay in the future and how we can prepare for that,” she said.

Guido is a certified life coach and Color Code personality assessment trainer. She said these certifications helped her coach medical professionals through burnout and anxiety, and will also serve her well as a council member. 

Dorcas Hirzel, Guido’s friend and colleague, said Guido is good at asking questions to help members of a group understand each other’s perspectives and come to agreement.

Guido said she knows how to play devil’s advocate to help people see all facets of an issue.

“She brings a different kind of perspective, one that is loyal to the city, but also one that is not necessarily going to be complacent and go along with the group,” Hirzel said. “She also has that great ethic around not only being true to yourself but doing what’s best for the whole population.”

Guido said she will prioritize communication with constituents, especially students who live in Ward 3, if she is elected.