Edmonds resident, business owner and community advocate Frank Yamamoto on Tuesday announced his plans to run for Edmonds City Council Position 6. Yamamoto had said earlier this year that he was running for council but did not specify a position. Councilmember Steve Bernheim currently holds that position, but he is not seeking re-election.
Yamamoto has over 20 years of experience as a business leader, executive, and manager in the private sector. In his six years as owner of Running in Motion in downtown Edmonds, Yamamoto said he has come to know and understand the needs of Edmonds residents from a unique perspective; and says he will bring his knowledge, experience and leadership to the council.
“Having a cohesive and focused council is important to carry out the needs of the community,” Yamamoto said.
Yamamoto will hold his official campaign kickoff event on May 24 from 5-7 p.m. at Arista Wine Cellar, 325 5th Ave. S. in Edmonds.
Yamamoto currently chairs the 17-member Citizens Economic Development Commission and previously served as president of the Downtown Edmonds Merchant Association. He is also on the board of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Edmonds Community College Business Advisory Board. He organizes local running events in the community including the Waterfront Festival, 4th of July, Public Education Foundation and Christmas runs.
Yamamoto said he is a strong advocate for the community of Edmonds and will “work hard to
ensure that the City Council puts the needs of residents first by prioritizing the delivery
of basic services in budget decisions and will continue to seek new opportunities such
as promoting tourism as a means of generating new revenue in the city.” He also pledges to implement the city’s strategic plan to ensure Edmonds “has a long-term vision
and the right priorities that will move Edmonds towards a better economic, and
environmentally sustainable future.”
“A strategic plan will help the city staff and city council focus on the steps needed to
accomplish agreed-upon priorities embraced by the community rather than special
interests,” Yamamoto said.