Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis officially launched her campaign for election to Edmonds City Council Monday night, with supporters gathering at Betty Larman’s home to enjoy Celtic Cowboy barbecue and Gallagher’s Where-U-Brew beverages.
Among the elected officials in attendance were fellow City Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick and State Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-32nd).
My Edmonds News was unable to attend the event due to previously scheduled webcast interviews of Edmonds mayoral and council candidates, but we offered to include a summary of the event from the Buckshnis campaign. Here’s the report:
Everyone was interested in Diane’s accomplishments and a common theme discussed among the past and new supporters was her leadership, her substance, her integrity and her ability to ask the tough questions to ensure all citizens understand and not follow the status quo. Her community involvement and wiliness to continue to be involved in the community through all her volunteer work was also noted.
Diane highlighted some of her accomplishments, which are as follows:
Financial accountability and transparency:
“I crafted a financial policy ordinance that was unanimously passed by Council to ensure our financial reporting is citizen-friendly, clear, and timely; this law is now being implemented.
Community services and arts:
“I initiated the first ever senior discount program for the Francis Anderson Center.
“I was instrumental in reducing mural-society fees by 75 percent, encouraging display of our artistic expression.
“I created the Adopt a Park Program to encourage community participation and connection with our wonderful parks.”
“I was instrumental in expediting Edmonds Marsh restoration allowing us to obtain alternative funding to protect our wildlife sanctuary and by extension — the Puget Sound.
“I have supported a number of sustainability efforts including the Frances Anderson Solar Project, Sustainable Works, Complete Street Ordinance, and New Energy Cities. My tough questions helped others understand.
“As the Council Representative on the Edmonds Citizens Economic Development Commission, I actively supported their impressive work.
“I advocated for the Strategic Plan and was part of the process; recommending an unbiased, citizen-focused group to lead this effort that Council unanimously approved.
“I advocated for the 5-Corners/Westgate neighborhood-driven development processes utilizing University of Washington graduate students.
“I continue to recognize tourism as an important element of Edmonds economy.”
Land use rights back to citizens:
“I voted to return rights to appeal land use decisions, overturning previous council action that took away our citizens’ voice.”