We are writing in support of Lora Petso for position 7 on the Edmonds City Council. We are aware that people make their election decisions in a variety of ways. Some vote for the incumbent; if you are inclined in that direction, please do so, as Ms. Petso IS the incumbent, and has served the City Council both as a council member and also as President.
Some will vote for a person who has been responsive to their inquiries or areas of concern. This spring we became concerned about some of the issues that were affecting our city, and we wrote to the city council about those concerns. Lora Petso never failed to write a response to us…not EVER! It isn’t every council member that takes a moment to thank or comment to the community member for their input, and then bring those concerns to the Council. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to witness every city council meeting, and we continue to be impressed with Ms. Petso’s dedicated work, responsiveness to our community, and attention to detail. Her background in economics and law have been invaluable to our community.
It is Lora Petso’s fundamental nature that makes her the right person to serve us on our City Council. Lora is intelligent, calm, thorough, hard-working, and steadfast in her work. In addition to hearing from, and learning from the citizens she serves, she does her homework thoroughly before each council meeting, even if the council packet is hundreds of pages long. She comes to the meetings with questions, and calmly keeps those questions in the discussion until they have been answered, even though it is so easy for them to fall by the wayside in heated discussion. She has a good memory (and a ready laptop) for recalling discussions and rulings that have occurred in past meetings when they are relevant to current topics, a recall that has been shown to be of immense value to the council, regardless of the issues. She is relaxed in her style and demeanor, but attentive to detail in her work on the council. Her hard work, keen intellect, personal integrity, and responsiveness to the community push her to work and vote for what she truly believes is the right thing, whether it is popular with other council members or not.
Lora Petso has our vote because we believe she is the honest, strong, calm, stand-up leadership we need. Lora takes seriously that she is working on behalf of the people of Edmonds and we are confident that she will continue to be hard-working, thorough and responsive. She will work to keep the pristine, friendly, beautiful small town flavor for which Edmonds is known. She will do what it takes to keep our city’s finances solvent without selling out to big business and rampant development.
Cam and Barbara Peterson