There are many in Edmonds who equate progress with change. Progress is not change, progress is improvement. Lora Petso knows this to her core, and that is why I am voting for her.
Let’s take the Westgate plan as an example. Instead of piggy backing on those who championed the plan because “we” (the administration) had been working on it for “years” (multiple public meetings) with “experts” (UW graduate students), Lora took the plan approved by the Planning Board and improved it.
How did she do that? She met with staff members, discussed the plan, made suggestions for changes, crafted amendments to present to Council, and advocated for her suggested improvements, all in the face of continuous criticism from those who wanted the plan to be accepted as approved by the Planning Board. Not all of her amendments were adopted by Council, unfortunately in my opinion, but enough were to improve the plan.
It would have been much easier, and way less time consuming, for Council member Petso to simply rubber stamp the plan as presented. But she cares so deeply about her community and its success, that she works diligently to make certain that necessary improvements are made to all development plans put before Council. Council member Petso always thinks of what the community needs in order to thrive, and to improve. To have a successful business community, we must support our current businesses, and this means making sure there is sufficient parking for customers. In order to have safe, thriving, neighborhoods we must have the traffic infrastructure to support the planned development.
Working side by side with Lora Petso, I have seen this care, attention and diligence applied to every issue the Council faces. I have been actively involved in Edmonds politics since 2004 and, in all of that time, I have observed no other candidate who has even come close to Council member Petso’s unselfish dedication to improving Edmonds for the betterment of all of Edmonds’ residents.
Lora Petso has my vote.