Edmonds Election Watch Update: forums, fundraising and more

Well, I’ve finally done it — I’m writing a column!

As the general election draws near, it’s hard to keep track of all the election happenings through individual stories, so I’m going to write occasional summaries to see if that helps with the updates.

First, let’s start with how you decide who to vote for. If you haven’t yet done so, I hope you’ll watch the half-hour video interviews I conducted with each city council and mayoral candidate. It’s a great way to see and hear each candidate talk about the issues in their own words, unedited.  There are also several candidate forums coming up in which you see all the candidates for various offices at once. Here’s the schedule so far (if anyone has others to add, please let me know):
Monday, Sept. 26: Edmonds School Board and Public Hospital District No. 2 candidates, Edmonds Council Chamber, 250 5th Ave. N. Doors open at 6 p.m. with forum from 7-9 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 3:  Edmonds City Council and Mayoral candidates, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N. Doors open at 6 p.m. with forum from 7-9 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10: ACE forum for all positions appearing on the local ballot, at the Edmonds Senior Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. with forum beginning at 6:30 p.m.

I’m also pleased to announce that on Monday, Oct. 17 My Edmonds News is sponsoring a forum on the three property tax levies that will appear before Edmonds voters. This forum will feature representatives speaking for and against each proposal, with speakers answering questions from the audience. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with presentations starting at 7 p.m., also in the Edmonds Council Chamber.

We are hoping to stream at least some of the above forums live over the Internet, as we did with our city council and mayoral candidate interviews. We are still working out the technical details and will keep you posted.

Also note that DJ Wilson will be hosting the Civic Engagement public affairs television show, this year featuring candidate interviews for Snohomish County Executive and County Council Position 3 before a live studio audience. My Edmonds News is co-sponsoring these forums, during which candidates take questions from the live studio audience.  The show is taped and then broadcast through Edmonds Community College on channels 21/26 (depending on the area).

The dates are:
Thursday, Sept. 22, 7-7:50 p.m.,  County Executive Candidates Aaron Reardon and Mike Hope
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7- 7:50 p.m.,  County Council Position 3:  Stephanie Wright, Kathleen Vaughn

The forums will be at the Black Box Theatre studio at Edmonds Community College. The Black Box holds 200, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors will open 15 minutes before the event.

Now let’s turn to fundraising. If you haven’t noticed, I placed a handy link to the Public Disclosure Commission on the My Edmonds News home page. All you need to do is enter the year (2011) and click on local races, and you’ll be taken to the latest reports for candidates for all local races, from city council to mayor to hospital commissioner to school board. It’s in alphabetical order of the race. As of Tuesday, here’s how the fundraising stacks up:

Edmonds Mayor
Incumbent Mike Cooper has raised $15, 329.98 and spent $9,171.14.
Challenger Dave Earling has raised $37,985.71 and spent $27,948.98.

City Council Position 4
Incumbent Diane Buckshnis: $8,132.89 raised and $1,743.04 spent.
Challenger Bob Wilcox: $13,559.27 raised and $8,908.89 spent.

City Council Position 5
Incumbent DJ Wilson: $15,718.40 raised and $12,724.43 spent.
Challenger Joan Bloom: $550 raised and $0 reported spent. (Note that Bloom has opted for “mini-reporting,” which means she has agreed to raise and spend no more than $5,000, so she is not required to file detailed reports.)

City Council Position 6 (open seat)
Alvin Rutledge $0 raised and spent. Rutledge has also opted for mini-reporting.
Frank Yamamoto $5,526.03 raised and $5,305.45 spent.

City Council Position 7
Incumbent Lora Petso: $280.93 raised and $130.93 spent.
Challenger Darlene Stern: $4,975.00 raised, $2,430.38 spent.

Here’s the direct link to the PDC site if you want to see details on who is contributing and also check out other races.

The Weekly Herald reported this week that those candidates running against appointed incumbents (and in Edmonds, that involves the mayor and city council positions 4 and 7) would take office Nov. 29 if they win, instead of waiting until January, like those involved in other races. In the case of positions involving appointees, the person elected takes office when Snohomish County elections officials certify results Nov. 29, the Weekly Herald said.

— By Teresa Wippel




  1. Teresa,

    To clarify, those candidates who chose mini reporting are not required to disclose their campaign activity to the PDC. I did not understand this when I reported the initial contributions. Candidates choosing mini reporting are required to have their books available for review, by appointment, the week prior to the election.

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