Bob Wilcox, who filed on June 10 to oppose incumbent Diane Buckshnis in the race for Edmonds City Council Position 4, released the following statement Monday on his candidacy.
Following my retirement as President of Wilcox Construction last year, my wife and I traveled both abroad and across our own great country, seeing an array of cities, towns, and places in between. Perhaps the most profound thing we learned through our travels is that, while the world is full of the remarkable, what we have within the Edmonds community is truly unique.
Shortly after selling my business, I was approached on several occasions with encouragement from community leaders, matched by a sense of personal duty, to run for political office – specifically the Edmonds City Council. The main concern brought to my attention by individuals residing on all sides of the political spectrum, is the lack of cohesion within the Council, and the inability to reach consensus on critical issues. After discussions with my wife, Debbie, we both agreed that I would bring assets to the Council that will benefit the city we both have so much vested in and care so much about.
My family moved to the Edmonds area in 1924, my father graduated from Edmonds High School in 1939, and I followed by graduating from Edmonds with the class of 1970 (go Tigers!). After buying the home in which I grew up, my four children have all since graduated from Edmonds-Woodway High School (go Warriors!). Although I am a fresh face in the political arena, serving our country is not new to me, or my family. My father served as a Marine Corps fighter pilot during WWII, I am a decorated Army Veteran having served in the Vietnam War, while my oldest son is currently serving as an Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
I have had an appreciation and personal connection to the Edmonds community throughout my entire life. I have given back by donating my time with organizations including the Edmonds Community College Foundation, participating as a coach and sponsor of Pacific Little League, the Principal’s Advisory Board at Edmonds-Woodway High School, serving as President of the Holy Rosary School Board, as well as the Edmonds and Zone Chairman of Ducks Unlimited.
During my professional career, I was fortunate enough to have operated my business in downtown Edmonds for over 20 years. In business, my philosophy has always been goal-oriented, and I consistently worked towards reaching the goals set by our firm so as to meet our client’s needs. If elected to Position 4 of the Edmonds City Council, this strategy will not change; however, the citizens of Edmonds will have taken the place of a client, and I will always do everything in my power to represent the voice of the Edmonds community and make sure our needs are met.
As President and majority shareholder of Wilcox Construction for 25 years, our firm grew from a workforce of 10 to over 100 employees. We were recognized by the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce as one of the top businesses in South Snohomish County, and as one of CEO Magazine’s “Top 100 places to work in Washington State.” Wilcox Construction was, and remains today, a union shop specializing in negotiated projects for clients such as Harbor Square Athletic Club, Starbucks, 1st Security Bank of Washington, Chuck Olson Chevrolet, and The Bank of Washington. We built our business on repeat customers because of our ability to work with demands at every level, including budget, design, and schedule.
I now have the time, desire, and dedication to apply my skills acquired in business, budget, and negotiation to bring Edmonds back to work. I know the people of Edmonds; I want to work with you, my neighbors, my friends, and together we will make Edmonds a place where we can do business, while not losing sight of the reasons we have all chosen to call this city our home.
Wilcox also released a list of endorsements that include Former Snohomish County Councilmember Gary Nelson, former Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakensen, Woodway Mayor Carla Nichols, former Edmonds Mayor Barb Fahey, former Washington Labor Council President Rick Bender, Bank of Washington CEO Gary Schmitt and local business owners Greg Olsen of Chuck Olsen Chevrolet and Jack Tawney of Harbor Square Athletic Club.