Councilmember reacts to message: ‘A sad day in Edmonds politics’
Councilmember Diane Buckshnis has no problem with people expressing their opinion about the work she is doing on the Edmonds City Council. She just wishes they would tell her in person instead of writing profanity on her husband’s vehicle or leaving dog feces on her street.
Buckshnis reported that she was doing her usual morning gardening at her Edmonds home Tuesday: collecting cut flowers from the yard, weeding and “just enjoying the moment” as her dogs lay in the grass. As she went to deadhead some daisies, she noticed the word “BITCH” written in bright green letters on her husband’s Jeep’s window.
“It is unfortunate that folks who may have a disagreement or problem with my views over something can’t either stop by and ring the doorbell or call,” she said. “This is a sad day in Edmonds politics that someone has to go to this extent to attempt to embarrass me in my own neighborhood.”
According to Buckshnis, this isn’t the first incident where people have expressed displeasure non-verbally. “Right after the Council voted to rescind the cat containment law, dog feces was found in my turnaround and then a week later another ‘load’ was found in right by the gate where we exit the yard.”
Buckshnis said she did not report the earlier incidents to police, but the window defacing will be, at the urging of Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan.
“If someone is this passionate about my issues, I welcome them to bring them up personally with me,” she said. “My door is open and you obviously know where I live.”