Letter to the Editor: Why Neil Tibbott has my vote for Edmonds City Council

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Dear Editor:

I am writing to share why I am voting for Neil Tibbott for Edmonds City Council position No. 7.

When I met Neil a few years ago we connected over several common interests, one of them being our love for Edmonds. After I graduated from college we started meeting for coffee on Thursday mornings and I have benefited greatly from his thoughtful questions, listening ear and discerning insights as I navigate this season of life.

Neil listens to people. He’s not out to win an argument or make sure he gets his way. He seeks to learn from other people even if they see things differently than him. Not only is listening helpful for making good decisions, but it is also extremely dignifying and essential for building trust.

Neil’s knack for good listening plays a big role in his approach to decision making. He has a gift for working collaboratively to build consensus and find creative solutions that benefit everyone involved.

Neil is a proactive decision maker as well. He is consistently considering how the decisions we make today will impact our future. For example, as Neil has engaged the complex issue of land use he has continually considered how each decision may impact the future of the city.

Neil loves Edmonds and I believe his gift for listening, collaborating and proactive decision-making will be a huge asset to the City Council.

Sincerely,
Stefan Carlson

4 COMMENTS

  1. Stefan,

    It’s encouraging to see younger adults getting involved in helping shape the future of Edmonds. One comment that stands out is “Neil listens to people. He’s not out to win an argument or make sure he gets his way. He seeks to learn from other people even if they see things differently than him. Not only is listening helpful for making good decisions, but it is also extremely dignifying and essential for building trust.” Our political system could use more people who are not out to win an argument, but instead, are truly willing to….listen to various points of view, collaborate towards making a collective decision that is in the best interests of citizens, and consider how each decision will impact the future of the city. Thank you for clearly explaining why you are supporting Neil Tibbott for City Council.

  2. I think it is important for people chosen for Commissions or government or being on important commissions such as the Planning Commission have some type of experience for that, related to it…..not just getting along with people, friends, etc. These are important commissions for important reasons, such as planning for our whole city and the direction we head in

    From what I can see in my research all of Mr. Tibbots experiene is with organizing (religious organizing), door to door, church planting, a minister, pastoral counseling, etc.

    I see no experience for government. …..just church related
    I think Edmonds needs more people with experience in government rather than the many that have no experience here or are in limited fields of experience in regards to the functions of government, commisdions, laws, rules, etc.tc….

    People who have experience relative to function of government.

    We need new vision. An actual minister has a commitment to his or her church first.

    For change, we need people that put the citizens, the ones government is supposed to represent first.

    and on another note, I would like to know from the people here that are supposed to be tending government, how we became the epi center for Washington state for heroin…….

    Whose watch did this happen on?………We have gone from being what we were before to being like many areas in the south end of Seattle. I chose not to move to the south end of Seattle for a reason…..drug trafficking would be one reason,.gangs, shootings, prostitution,………and all that goes along with that……vice
    ……these questions need to be answered by those running our government and our existing government that always seems to have a phony smile on its face.

    This to me is not family friendly for getting people to come here. We need change now and not the same rhetoric by the SAME people.

  3. Tere… I’m not going to run out my whole resume for you here, but I assure you your web search is incomplete. I have owned and operated several for profit businesses, including real estate management. I run a non-profit which involves consulting other organizations on budgeting, strategic planning and hiring. Much of that work is confidential or proprietary so you’re not going to find that publicized on the web.

    Some, but not all my experience has been in the religious sector. That which has a faith orientation has been personally very enriching. I have worked with Korean, Latino, Native American and African communities. As a result I have friends from many different walks of life, cultural backgrounds and religious affiliations. In that respect I consider myself blessed.

    I hope to bring that broad base of experience to bear on the questions we face as a city. I enjoy working on complex issues, especially with other people. I work toward positive solutions that get things done. I readily admit that I don’t have all the answers, but I’m willing to work hard and learn from others so that we can find answers.

    Thank you for taking time to learn a little more about me. I look forward to serving our city as a council member and I would appreciate your vote in November. Neil

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