To the editor:
I applaud all who choose to run and serve as elected officials in the City of Edmonds and across our nation. It’s certainly not work for the faint of heart.
While I love living in Edmonds, we are confronted with serious issues that require vision, a strategic plan and clear priorities and objectives to achieve that vision. The citizens of Edmonds need to be engaged in the development of this plan and feel ownership for its priorities. The Mayor and City Council are responsible for the execution of the plan. The good news is that the planning process is underway. You will be invited at some point to voice your opinions. I urge you to do so.
This November we will be casting our ballots for members of the City Council and Mayoral races. I have great respect for DJ Wilson but have decided to endorse Joan Bloom for City Council. Drawing on an impressive and broad background, her working knowledge of the law, finance, small business, government and environmental sustainability will yield positive results for our community. She is a bridge builder and understands the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Joan is not afraid to challenge the status quo and ask the tough questions but she will work tirelessly to achieve consensus.
I want a Council that can work together with one another and the City Staff; a Council that will put aside their special interests and pet projects, and focus on fulfilling objectives to the strategic plan. Joan will be a great addition to the Council.