Of the three Edmonds City Council races before voters this election, Position 3 does not include an incumbent — thanks to a tight primary election in which current Councilmember Ron Wambolt was ousted — by seven votes — in favor of former councilmember Lora Petso and top primary vote-getter Adrienne Fraley-Monillas.
Despite that drama — or maybe because of it — this race has a more low-key feel than the other two. Petso, who sat on the council from 2000-2004 before losing her position to Peggy Pritchard Olsen, is an attorney who entered the race because of concerns over the city’s financial crisis. Fraley-Monillas, an administrator at Shoreline’s Fircrest School, made an earlier run for the council in 2007, losing to current Council President D.J. Wilson.
Here’s background on the two candidates:
Adrienne Fraley-Monillas lives in the Lake Ballinger neighborhood of Edmonds and has stated that she wants to represent all the city’s residents, not just those who live downtown. She belongs to the South Council Senior Center board of directors, is vice-chair of the Edmonds School District Special Olympics and serves on a Snohomish County advisory board for development disabilities.
If elected, her priority issues include:
- Protecting Edmonds’ views by fighting to oppose taller buildings in downtown and the waterfront.
- Promoting open transparent government by voting to reverse the council’s recent decision to shut the public out of the land-use process.
- Improving the economy and promoting tourism by supporting local businesses.
Her endorsements include the Edmonds Police Officers Association, the National Women’s Political Caucus, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, and various labor unions and Democratic organizations.
Lora Petso and her husband Colin Southcote-Want operate a small business in Edmonds. In addition to her past work on the Edmonds City Council, her experience includes serving on the board of the Olympic View Water District. She lists the following as among her priorities:
- Supporting current building height limits.
- Bringing the city council back into the land use approval process.
- Promoting sensible financial policies for the city.
Petso has been endorsed by the Herald newspaper.