Edmonds Election 2011: Candidate forums listed, two new endorsements for Buckshnis


Update: We just learned that Thursday’s planned forum with 3rd District County Council candidates has been canceled.

We received a request Sunday to summarize all the local upcoming candidate forums, since there are quite a few. We also have these listed on our Election Watch 2011 page:

Monday, Oct. 3:  Edmonds City Council and Mayoral candidates, sponsored by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N. Doors open at 6 p.m. with forum from 7-9 p.m. If you can’t make it to this event, My Edmonds News is also providing live video coverage of this forum via Ustream. Visit the My Edmonds News Ustream Channel to connect.

Thursday, Oct. 6: Civic Engagement Forum featuring Snohomish County Council Position 3 candidates Stephanie Wright (incumbent) and Kathleen Vaughn. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, Edmonds Community College, with the broadcast starting at 7 p.m. The Black Box holds 200 people so the audience will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, Oct. 6 and Monday, Oct. 17: Edmonds School Board candidate forums at 7 p.m. in the Edmonds School District Board room, 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Sponsored by the Edmonds Council PTSA and the Special Education Committee.

Monday, Oct. 10: Alliance of Citizens for Edmonds (ACE) and Edmonds Senior Center forum for Edmonds City Council and Mayoral candidates, at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. Light refreshments will be available. Meet-the-candidates opening at 6 p.m. followed by the forum at 6:30 p.m.  Each candidate will be given questions from a facilitator and if time permits, the audience. All candidates will be given time to make a closing statement.

Thursday, Oct. 13: The Snohomish County League of Women Voters Forum at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. Includes candidates for County Executive and County Council, Mayor and City Council positions in Edmonds, Edmonds School Board positions,and Water District and Hospital District Commissions. Co-sponsors for the meeting are the American Association of University Women and the Methodist Church. Refreshments and mixing from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Candidates will speak following introductory remarks and will then respond to questions.

Monday, Oct. 17: My Edmonds News is sponsoring a forum on the three property tax levies that will appear before Edmonds voters. This forum will feature representatives speaking for and against each proposal, with speakers answering questions from the audience. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with presentations starting at 7 p.m., in the Edmonds Council Chambers.

Edmonds City Council candidate Diane Buckshnis announced Sunday that she has received two major endorsements — from SEIU Local 925 and State Rep. Roger Goodman of Kirkland (D-45th District).  “I was impressed with her knowledge of municipality accounting and her leadership towards financial accountability and open government,” Goodman said.

SEIU Local 925 represents over 23,000 local members involved in education, child care and public service, Buckshnis said, noting  SEIU Local 925 members work in university, public school and preschool education, state and local government, and non-profit organizations throughout Washington state.

“Simply put: SEIU workers make our state a safe and healthy place to live, work, and raise our families which is consistent with Councilmember Buckshnis’s record and priorities moving forward,” the announcement said.

And here’s a reminder that the deadline to register by mail or online for the Nov. 8 general election — or to update any registration — is Monday, Oct. 10. The last day to register at Snohomish County Auditor’s Office in Everett is Oct. 31.



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