Long-time Edmonds resident and citizen activist Joan Bloom announced Thursday she is running against incumbent DJ Wilson for Edmonds City Council Position 5.
Bloom, who has been actively involved in Edmonds politics since 2004, said she decided to run because she sees “the enormous potential of Edmonds to become a model of open government.” She was a member of the Citizen Group of 33 (CG 33) that gathered in summer 2007 to discuss development of the waterfront properties and the citizen-based Transportation Committee and currently serves on the newly formed Edmonds Tree Board.
A small business owner in Edmonds, Bloom serves as a consultant regarding care for the elderly and disabled and their families. She and her husband Gary have lived in Edmonds for 26 years and have two adult children.
“DJ Wilson and I have agreed and disagreed on various issues since 2007, when we were both members of the CG 33,” Bloom said. “I have chosen to run against DJ because our visions for the future of Edmonds have significantly diverged in recent months.”
Joan and Gary Bloom also publish a issues-based website, EdmondsForum.com, and it now includes a link to Bloom’s campaign statement, titled “Vote for Joan of ARC – Accountability, Responsibility, and Civility.” Among her points:
– “While it is helpful to have the yearly budget posted on line, that is not sufficient to keep citizens informed as to how their money is spent. Monthly reports, with revenue and expenditures, should be available on the Edmonds website. Audits of Edmonds accounting should also be posted, in their entirety, for citizens to review.”
– “I would like to make available participation by citizens, when it’s convenient for them rather than just when it’s convenient for elected officials, or for those who have time (or interest) to show up for meetings. I’d like to not just make accessing information on the city website more convenient, but to make user involvement, possible.”
– “Let’s expect our elected and appointed officials to treat Edmonds residents as their employer rather than as their subjects. Elected officials, and appointed officials (including all city hires), as long as they’re not being abused, should always be polite, responsive, and helpful.”