In his campaign kickoff speech for Edmonds City Council Wednesday night, retired Edmonds business owner Bob Wilcox pledged to focus on a “common sense approach” to growth and creation of a healthy business climate.
“We live in a very special place and we have had the benefit of a lot of superior services and benefits,” said Wilcox, a lifelong Edmonds resident who is running for Position 4 against incumbent Diane Buckshnis and technology engineer Tad Helke. “For us to receive those… it takes revenue, and revenue comes from a healthy tax base. And that tax base starts with a healthy business environment.”
Wilcox, who served as president and partner of Wilcox Construction for 25 years before his retirement last year, said it’s important “to encourage businesses to succeed. The city needs to be partners in that success and do everything they can to make local merchants, landowners, landlords want to locate in the city of Edmonds. ”
He told supporters gathered at the Wilcox Construction office that opponents will claim “that I’m for tall buildings, but that’s not true. I’m for the buildings that agree with our code requirements.”
“What I am for is a common-sense approach to growth that utilizes the best practices of planning and architecture,” Wilcox said. “Businesses that are growing, are paying taxes, and are hiring people to pay taxes. That the keeps the police and fire coverage at an optimum, it keeps the roads paved parks open and keeps those planter and baskets full of flowers that we all love down here.”
He took a few swipes at the city council, noting “there’s a lot of micromanagement going on. Leadership does not require micromanagement. It stifles creativity and removes motivation,” he said. But in the end, he returned to his common sense theme, adding “If I’m elected, that’s what you’ll get.”