Stating that “our community can do better in City Hall,” former Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Earling Monday announced his candidacy for Mayor of Edmonds. Earling is the first candidate to announce for the job now held by incumbent Mayor Mike Cooper, who was appointed to the position last summer after Gary Haakenson resigned to become Deputy Snohomish County Executive.
“I’m running to be the next Mayor of Edmonds because I love this community,” Earling said. “We who live in Edmonds treasure life here, but it’s clear City Hall needs more leadership to keep us on the path we need.”
Earling, who resigned from his full-time position on the Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board to run for office, said he made his decision to run based on “the outpouring of support and encouragement I’ve received in the last several weeks as I’ve heard from concerned citizens about problems in city government.”
Citizens “want to see the City make better choices about spending and put the budget back on a sustainable path,” Earling said in a statement released early Monday morning. “The Council’s recent wavering and indecision about a levy to pay for basic operating expenses is just one example why Edmonds needs leadership again.”
Earling just finished five years of service on the Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board, after being appointed by Governor Gregoire, and resigning from that position “was not an easy decision,” he said.
Currently president of Senior Services of Snohomish County, Earling spent 12 years on the Edmonds City Council, including five years as president, and also served as chairman or President of Sound Transit, Community Transit, the Cascade Symphony, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, and the Edmonds School District Public Education Fund. He has also been a board member for the Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Washington Conservation Voters. He previously owned and operated a small residential real estate company in Edmonds. A 30-year resident, he lives near Perrinville with his wife, with whom he has three children and two grandchildren.
“This community means a lot to me,” Earling said. “I raised my family here and have been proud to call it home for over 30 years. I’m humbled by the encouragement – both solicited and unsolicited – I’ve received as this topic has come up in conversations around town. I’m looking forward to a vigorous campaign and hearing more from the citizens of Edmonds.”