Citizen activist Joan Bloom officially launched her campaign for Edmonds City Council Wednesday night, stating that she intends to rely on grassroots support in her race against incumbent Councilmember DJ Wilson.
At her campaign kickoff in downtown Edmonds, the long-time Edmonds resident and environmentalist said that she is committed to limiting her campaign fundraising to $5,000 because she wants to spend more time talking about the issues and less time fundraising. However, she acknowledged that “I’m running against someone who’s going to raise a lot of money, who’s a career politician.”
Bloom ticked off several reasons for seeking elected office, including her observation that the City of Edmonds has exhibited “poor stewardship” of citizen tax dollars.
“I’m running for office because some politicians focus on the short-term benefit to them in terms of making decisions… to the expense of the long-term stewardship of our environment, our city and what is best for our city,” Bloom said.
She also cited the “adversarial relationship” between the mayor’s office and the councilmembers, between the councilmembers themselves and between staff members and citizens. “I love this city. We have so much here,” Bloom said. “If we can cooperate and work together, we can make this work, even in this really bad economic time.”