South County Politics: Edmonds city and port candidates

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Introductory statements from Edmonds incumbent and challenger

Edmonds City Council incumbent Kristiana Johnson and her challenger in the Nov. 7 general election, Josh Thompson, recently sent statements introducing themselves to voters.

Here are their statements in the order that their names will appear on the November ballot and in the voters’ pamphlet:

City of Edmonds Council Position #1

Kristiana Johnson

For the past 10 years, I have been honored to serve Edmonds in elected and appointed positions. Since 2012, I have been on the City Council. Previously, I was on the Planning Board and Transportation Commission.

My 30-year planning career involved working with communities to solve complex environmental, land use and transportation problems. Now retired, I use my knowledge and expertise on the City Council.

I love Edmonds. It is my hometown. I want to continue working to protect the environment, promote the arts and preserve our historic downtown.

I am open-minded, a good listener and will always do what is in the best interest of our community.

Josh Thompson

My wife and I have lived in Edmonds for 16 years.  I have an extensive background in public policy, business management, and local government. I want to put these skills to work for our city. I’m running to protect our natural beauty, strengthen our economic core, and to ensure everyone has a voice. I will work hard to protect our critical areas as we plan for responsible future growth. Together we can make Edmonds the best it can be.

Please join law enforcement, firefighters, and many business and community leaders in supporting our campaign. You are cordially invited to visit ThompsonforEdmonds.com for more information.

Introducing Edmonds Port incumbent Faires and challenger Petso

Edmonds Port Commissioner Bruce Faires faces a challenge from Lora Petso, a former member of the Edmonds City Council and current member of the Olympic View Water District board.

The two recently sent statements introducing themselves to voters.

The Port District includes the west part of Edmonds, the Town of Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County.

Here are their statements in the order that their names will appear on the November ballot and in the voters’ pamphlet:

Port of Edmonds Commissioner District #3

Lora Petso

I am honored to be asked to run for Port Commissioner. People have insisted that Port commissioners should deliver both economic development and environmental stewardship. I agree. If elected, I promise to protect Puget Sound, protect the Edmonds Marsh, and be courteous and responsive to constructive input.

I have 22 years of experience as an elected official, including nearly 10 years of service on the Edmonds City Council. I have participated in the acquisition of several parks including Marina Beach Park, Hickman Park, and Civic Playfield.

Endorsements include: Sierra Club, 32nd District Democrats, National Women’s Political Caucus.

Bruce Faires

The highest priority for the Port of Edmonds is to continue the present excellence your Port achieves.  The team of commissioners and staff work together to provide outstanding results in an ever-changing environment.

Looking back, your Port has successfully brought new businesses and public amenities to the waterfront and worked to insure improved health of the marsh.  Going forward, your Port is preparing to replace docks and structures when required with no new taxes.

I am proud to be part of local government that works successfully to provide the public with economic vitality, environmental leadership, and an outstanding Edmonds waterfront experience.

Please visit www.fairescomm.com for more information and endorsements.

–By Evan Smith

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Josh Thompson will of course, if elected, be a great supporter of the goals of the Democratic Party as well as the goals of the various trade unions. If you have any doubt about that just look at his endorsements and the contributions that he has received. City Council positions are structured as non-partisan positions – not biased or partisan toward any particular political group. Erosion of the non-partisan structure started in 2010 with the election of Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, and now city council is heavily biased to fulfilling the goals of the Democratic Party and trade unions. The election of Josh Thompson will strenghten that bias.

    And, by the way, those Democrats have now set out to disrupt our well managed Port by coming up with no fewer than three candidates, all highly inexperienced in Port business, to challenge all three commissioners up for re-election.

    Edmonds and Port voters, we cannot let any of this happen. We need fellow citizens in these important positions who strive to do what’s in the best interest of our city and the Port.

    • Goals of the Democratic Party:

      Raise incomes and restore economic security for the working class
      Raising Workers’ Wages
      Protecting Workers’ Fundamental Rights
      Supporting Working Families
      Helping More Workers Share in Near-Record Corporate Profits
      Expanding Access to Affordable Housing and Homeownership
      Protecting and Expanding Social Security
      Ensuring a Secure and Dignified Retirement
      Revitalizing Our Nation’s Postal Service

      CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS
      Building 21st Century Infrastructure
      Fostering a Manufacturing Renaissance
      Creating Good-Paying Clean Energy Jobs
      Pursuing Our Innovation Agenda: Science, Research, Education, and Technology
      Supporting America’s Small Businesses
      Creating Jobs for America’s Young People

      FIGHT FOR ECONOMIC FAIRNESS AND AGAINST INEQUALITY
      Reining in Wall Street and Fixing our Financial System
      Promoting Competition by Stopping Corporate Concentration
      Making the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes
      Promoting Trade That is Fair and Benefits American Workers

      BRING AMERICANS TOGETHER AND REMOVE BARRIERS TO OPPORTUNITIES
      Ending Systemic Racism
      Closing the Racial Wealth Gap
      Reforming our Criminal Justice System
      Fixing our Broken Immigration System
      Guaranteeing Civil Rights
      Guaranteeing Women’s Rights
      Guaranteeing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights
      Guaranteeing Rights for People with Disabilities
      Respecting Faith and Service
      Investing in Rural America
      Ending Poverty and Investing in Communities Left Behind
      Building Strong Cities and Metro Areas
      Promoting Arts and Culture
      Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations
      Fighting for the People of Puerto Rico
      Honoring the People of the Territories

      PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS, FIX OUR CAMPAIGN FINANCE SYSTEM, AND RESTORE OUR DEMOCRACY
      Protecting Voting Rights
      Fixing Our Broken Campaign Finance System
      Appointing Judges
      Securing Statehood for Washington, DC
      Strengthening Management of Federal Government

      COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE, BUILD A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY, AND SECURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
      Building a Clean Energy Economy
      Securing Environmental and Climate Justice
      Protecting Our Public Lands and Waters

      PROVIDE QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE EDUCATION
      Making Debt-Free College a Reality
      Providing Relief from Crushing Student Debt
      Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions
      Cracking Down on Predatory For-Profit Schools
      Guaranteeing Universal Preschool and Good Schools for Every Child

      ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL AMERICANS
      Securing Universal Health Care
      Supporting Community Health Centers
      Reducing Prescription Drug Costs
      Enabling Cutting-Edge Medical Research
      Combating Drug and Alcohol Addiction
      Treating Mental Health
      Supporting Those Living with Autism and their Families
      Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
      Ensuring Long-Term Care, Services, and Supports
      Protecting and Promoting Public Health
      Ending Violence Against Women
      Preventing Gun Violence

      PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP
      SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND KEEP FAITH WITH OUR VETERANS
      Defense Spending
      Veterans and Service Members
      Military Families
      A Strong Military

      CONFRONT GLOBAL THREATS
      Terrorism
      Syria
      Afghanistan
      Iran
      North Korea
      Russia
      Cybersecurity and Online Privacy
      Non-Proliferation of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons
      Global Climate Leadership

      PROTECT OUR VALUES
      Women and Girls
      Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People
      Trafficking and Modern Slavery
      Young People
      Religious Minorities
      Refugees
      Civil Society
      Anti-Corruption
      Torture
      Closing Guantánamo Bay
      Development Assistance
      Global Health
      HIV and AIDS
      International Labor

      A LEADER IN THE WORLD
      Asia-Pacific
      Middle East
      Europe
      Americas
      Africa
      Global Economy and Institutions

      https://www.democrats.org/party-platform

      • LOL, thanks for the laugh! I think you left out funding Antifa thugs, importing terrorists and thinking calling somebody ‘undocumented’ somehow makes them less illegal.

    • Interesting that only the Democrats have “biases…”

      The moment I read conspiracy theories such as “Democrats have now set out to disrupt our well managed Port,” I begin to loose faith in what a writer is saying. Sorry, II just can’t believe in deep, dark plots to disrupt, etc. But I can believe in the Democratic “bias” toward social/economic equality, workers’ rights, access to health care, etc. no matter how ineptly these ideals my sometimes be realized.

  2. During my life I’ve encountered many who I’d rate outstanding at creating goals and objectives, but what they actually achieved was much different.

    • Ron:
      We all look through a variety of lenses from our life experiences to see and experience the world around us. I choose to see the integrity, inclusion, caring and compassion, intention, hope, and improvement reflected in these goals and objectives. I’m surprised you haven’t posted the Republican party platform here. I imagine it goes something like this:
      Assure that the rich get richer so they keep donating to my reelection.
      Stay in power at all costs.
      Create hardships so severe that the population will never be able to resist.
      Promote hatred, facism, and division to keep the 99% fighting among themselves….
      Start wars and keep them going to feed the military industrial complex/our contractor donors.
      Destroy the environment, since we won’t be around to suffer the effects….
      Need I go on?

    • Objectives and Goals are great!

      How many of us have achieved them without a solid plan?
      * I have a goal to become unfathomably wealthy
      * I have a goal to become a productive member of society.

      The cavern between those examples is immense, but nobody achieves goals or objectives without a plan.

      Usually when I’ve set out to achieve an Objective or Goal, I’m either paid a lot of money to develop a solid plan or I’m given one and work within the constraints of that plan.

      Given the

  3. Wait, the goals of the Democratic Party, you say? And the trade unions? That sounds serious. You’ve convinced me, neighbor – Josh Thompson has my vote. Can you tell us who those port candidates are, so we can make sure to vote for them too?

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