Stating “it is clear I have lost my bid for re-election to the City Council,” Edmonds City Councilmember DJ Wilson said Friday that he wishes his opponent, citizen activist Joan Bloom, “all the best.”
In a statement posted on his “Citizens to Elect DJ Wilson” website, the Edmonds-based public affairs consultant — who was seeking his second term on the Council — said he is looking forward to continuing his “Civic Engagement” television show via Edmonds Community College along with other “good government” projects, as well as spending more time with his young children.
In the latest election results released from Snohomish County Thursday, Bloom held a 114-vote lead over Wilson, with few votes remaining to be counted.
“I want to thank DJ Wilson for his years of service to Edmonds,” said Bloom, who ran a low-budget campaign focused on government transparency and accountability. “My campaign committee, friends, family, supporters and, most of all, the Edmonds citizens who voted for me, have won. I hope those who did not vote for me will evenutally decide that they won too. Thanks for your faith in me. Yay Edmonds!”
Here’s the full statement that Wilson posted on his “Citizens to Elect DJ Wilson” website:
Now that the dust has settled on the 2011 election, it is clear I have lost my bid for re-election to the City Council. As I have said during the campaign, I think highly of Ms. Bloom and believe she will be act conscientiously on behalf of the citizens of Edmonds. I wish her and the new Council, along with Mayor-elect Earling, all the best.
Despite the rhetoric, I continue to believe that public service can be an honorable calling. I also continue to believe that – particularly today – there are more and more opportunities to serve: from jury duty to running a community blog, from helping at the food bank to volunteering in the classroom. Our society rests upon the engagement of its citizens.
So, I will continue my work to improve the quality and respectfulness of our civic dialog and of good government. That means continuing the “Civic Engagement” program at Edmonds Community College, now it its 7th year. That means hosting TEDxEdmonds next spring, focused on civic literacy. And, it means teaching next year at the Creative Retirement Institute.
Most importantly, now that I’ll be leaving the Council, I’ll have another 20-30 hours a week to spend with my family. Maybe now my kids will stop playing “City Council” and start playing “house” or something else most 5 and 3 year olds get to do!
It has been an honor to serve in elected office these past 4 years. It is a tough time in government – at any level – these days. In a republican democracy like ours, we should all be rooting for our elected officials. Their success will be ours, as will their failure.