The Herald newspaper in Everett has released endorsements for Edmonds mayor and city council. Here’s a sample of what the editorial board said for each candidate:
For Mayor, Dave Earling: “One of Earling’s most pertinent traits is his ability to work constructively through difficult problems, building consensus by focusing first on areas of agreement,” the Herald said. “It’s an approach that’s sorely needed in a city with too much recent history of bitter political fighting. Disagreement isn’t necessarily unhealthy, but in Edmonds, it has too often been a barrier to progress. Earling’s leadership skills offer the best chance of clearing such roadblocks.”
The Herald described incumbent Mayor Mike Cooper as “a seasoned lawmaker, having served in the Legislature and on the Snohomish County Council,” but noted that recent events involving his adminstrative assistant and the city’s ex-Human Resources director, “have raised serious questions about his administrative abilities.”
For City Council Position 4: “In a close call, we endorse the appointed incumbent, Diane Buckshnis, over Bob Wilcox. Either would serve well.” The newspaper said that “Buckshnis has had a positive impact on financial transparency and accountability, and vows to keep focusing on that area.” Wilcox, the Herald noted, “is a strong first-time candidate” who would also bring a solid financial background to the council.
For City Council Position 5: The Herald has endorsed Joan Bloom over incumbent DJ Wilson. “Both are highly intelligent, committed candidates,” the newspaper said. “Wilson, however, has often been at or near the center of conflicts that have resulted more in paralysis than problem solving. If he is re-elected, we urge him to work on resisting his propensity toward political gamesmanship.” The newspaper noted that “Bloom believes council members ‘should be stewards first, and politicians, a distant second.’ That’s a fresh approach this council could use.”
For City Council Position 6: Frank Yamamoto “is the clear choice,” the Herald said. “He has been a leader in several business organizations, and understands that developing a smart economic development strategy is key to providing fiscal sustainability and maintaining Edmonds’ high quality of life.”
For City Council Position 7: The Herald is endorsing Darlene Stern over the appointed incumbent, Lora Petso. The newspaper calls Stern “a breath of fresh air and positive energy who can help turn the council, and the city, in a better direction,” although noted that Petso “has shown competence since being appointed 15 months ago and during a previous full term on the council.”