Councilmember Tom Mesaros kicked off his run to retain his seat on the Edmonds City Council in front of more than 50 enthusiastic supporters on Thursday evening.
Mesaros was appointed to the council to fill the Position 6 term of former Councilmember Frank Yamamoto, who resigned in December 2013 for health reasons. In one of the more drawn-out Council appointment processes, Mesaros was chosen on the 59th ballot and took his seat in March, 2014.
Held at the newly-opened Scratch craft distillery in Salish Crossing, Mesaros was quick to point out that even though he is running unopposed, he feels an obligation to the community to articulate his positions and let voters know what he stands for, his values, and his positions on critical issues.
“There are three things that best describe what I will bring to the City Council,” he said. “These are leadership, collaboration and stewardship.”
Mesaros went on to describe what these mean and how he plans to bring these values to bear on Council.
“To me, leadership is seeing what has to be done, seeing how to get it done, and then doing the work to actually accomplish it,” he said. “I believe this happens best in an atmosphere of collaboration, where colleagues listen to what others say, take the best ideas, and together forge the best approach.”
He explained that stewardship overlays all of this by providing a set of values to guide decisions. “It’s about taking care of the things we have, the things we care about,” he said. “Things like our waterfront, our parks, our shopping areas, our beautiful downtown, our natural resources like the Marsh, and very importantly our distinctive neighborhoods from Highway 99 to Five Corners to Firdale to Perrinville.
“But you need the right people to do this,” he said, “people who share these values. And that’s why, as I run for my own seat, I’m also supporting the candidacies of Mike Nelson, Dave Teitzel and Neil Tibbott.
Speaking in support of Mesaros were Edmonds resident and Snohomish County prosecuting attorney Adam Cornell, and Edmonds residents David Schaefer, Marla Miller and Maria Montalvo.
Learn more about Tom Mesaros at http://democracy.com/mesaros.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel