While giving her first-ever political speech, Edmonds City Council candidate Darlene Stern admitted Thursday night that she is “not a political animal.” But the escrow company manager and widow of late Edmonds Police Chief David Stern told supporters gathered for her campaign kickoff that “I’m interested in accomplishing this job and I’m determined to do it.”
“Somebody has to restore common sense to the city council,” said Stern, who is running against incumbent Lora Petso for Position 7. “I decided I want to step into that arena and make a difference and that together with the community we can make this happen.”
Stern was critical of past council actions that prioritized issues like requiring leashes for cats and banning plastic bags, when “we have greater issues to be dealing with first. I would work to unite the city government, the neighborhoods the business sector and all of our civic groups into a civic-minded effort to not only preserve but improve our city, and I think those two elements can work together,” she said.
Elected officials and other city council and mayoral candidates were on hand to show their support of Stern, including Council candidates Frank Yamamoto and Bob Wilcox, Edmonds mayoral candidate Dave Earling and Edmonds Port Commission Vice President Bruce Faires.
“The contrast between this candidate and her opponent is stark,” Faires said. “I’m absolutely convinced that Darlene can be part of figuring out how to make the right decisions that are consistent with our community values, consistent with our financial needs and prepare our community for the future.”
Added Earling: “Just with picking up a few seats on the council we can have a dramatic shift in attitude and tone to our city government.”