Downtown Edmonds business owners came out in full force Tuesday night to support one of their own — Frank Yamamoto — as he officially launched his campaign for Edmonds City Council.
The former president of the Downtown Edmonds Merchant Association, Yamamoto is also on the board of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Edmonds Community College Business Advisory Board. This is his first run for public office.
Among those speaking on Yamamoto’s behalf during the gathering at Arista Wine Cellars were Edmonds City Council President Strom Peterson, owner of the Resident Cheesemonger located just up the street from Yamamoto’s Running in Motion store on Main Street, and Edmonds Realtor and Chamber of Commerce President Ron Clyborne.
Peterson noted that Yamamoto “jumped in right away and got involved with the (Downtown) Merchants Association” after he moved to Edmonds several years ago started his business. He also currently chairs the 17-member Citizens Economic Development Commission — no easy task given the diverse nature of the commission’s membership, Peterson added.
“Frank was able to work with all of these different voices coming in, get them focused and concentrate on things they agreed on,” Peterson said.
“I know that Frank will make an excellent council member,” Peterson added. “He’s not coming in with an agenda where it’s his way or no way. He’s coming in thinking about the city, he’s coming in thinking about the community. Frank is one of those people who can really get people to work together.”
Yamamoto is currently running unopposed for position 6, which is being vacated by current Councilmember Steve Bernheim, who isn’t seeking re-election. He said he will present his campaign platform in the coming weeks.