Expect to see ballots in your mail soon for the November general election. Edmonds voters will be asked to vote in three local races for City Council (all contested), two for school board (one seat contested, one unopposed) and municipal court judge (also an uncontested position). The top issue facing all City Council candidates is city finances, with a significant budget deficit looming.
We’ll start with a look at the candidates running for City Council, beginning today with Position 1:
Michael Plunkett, the incumbent, has lived in Edmonds for 30 years and spent the past 12 years on the Edmonds City Council, serving as Council president in 2004 and 2008. During his tenure, he has:
- Created the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission.
- Voted to save Marina Beach Park from development and to preserve open space at Old Mill Town.
- Saved the paramedic system by voting to move paramedics into the Edmonds Fire Department, and recently voting against cuts to the city’s police force.
- Voted to allow the Lake Ballinger neighborhood to have a say in Highway 99 development.
- Led the effort to stop loud motorized scooters in neighborhoods.
- Voted for an 11-acre park in South Edmonds, sidewalks in North Edmonds, and for better stewardship of Lake Ballinger.
A real estate agent, Plunkett has been endorsed by the Edmonds Firefighters Local 1828.
Priya Cloutier, his opponent, is an Edmonds attorney who serves on the board of the Sno-King Economic Development Project and the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. She also helped establish the College Place Middle School Music Boosters and coordinates the Edmonds 4th of July Main Parade. She and her husband Todd have two sons.
If elected, her priorities for Edmonds include:
- Planned and sustainable economic growth.
- Balancing the City budget for the long term.
- Public transportation.
- Maintaining the charm of Edmonds.
She has been endorsed by the Edmonds Police Association, the Joint Council of Teamsters, the Progressive Majority and the Everett Herald. Additional endorsements can be found on her website: www.votepriya.com
There’s been a fair amount of rhetoric in this race, with Plunkett claiming that Cloutier has missed voting in some important local elections and Cloutier stating on her Facebook page that Plunkett is afraid to debate her.
So here’s your chance to sound off on the candidate you are supporting for position 1, and why. Remember, healthy debate and expression of opinion is the foundation of our democracy!