Letter: Proud to have been part of Bob Wilcox’s positive campaign for City Council


On June 10 this past summer, I received a phone call from my father, Bob Wilcox.

He called to tell me that he had officially filed to run for Edmonds City Council, and that he’d appreciate it if I could come home for the summer to help out with his campaign.  As a senior in college majoring in public relations, I jumped at this opportunity to gain real, hands-on, experience as his campaign manager.

With a belief in the need for public officials who are not merely building a resume, I was excited to work with my father on a daily basis. While his decision to run for city council allowed me to gather information and insights daily, it also forced me to dive into an arena by which I had only ever observed from the surface.

From doorbelling to emails I found the response from those who got to know, or have known, Bob Wilcox was clear; we need to elect individuals with his character and common sense in Edmonds. Along the way I realized that what we too commonly receive from our representatives lacks precisely that. I also found out why that is.

It was from the beginning that my father insisted we run a completely honest, positive campaign promoting what he would bring to the council, and I agreed. We would do this without the name-calling or spreading of misinformation that is the tried and true approach in today’s political arena.

It should be noted that, through documented public records, I found ample opportunity for us to use actual evidence in combat against the purposeful spread of spin that was being used against my dad. Despite the proven effectiveness of negative campaigns across all levels of American politics, this is a cowardly approach, and one my father made clear he would have none of.

Objectively considering this method has led me to believe that be it corporately funded or individually devised, this is an epidemic which will continue to prevent the best representation of our communities for as long as we idly accept it. In this case, I fear we have followed through with stagnant repetitiveness.

To summarize, I hold my head high as I consider the differences between our campaign and many others. On a relatively miniscule scale, we were a difference I wish to see in the future of American politics. I have discovered an election might be viewed as war; with its battles consisting of open forums, mail pieces, written statements, etc. Respectively, the strategies used will represent and determine the leadership and character of a given side’s candidate.

I can proudly say I fought on a side that represented an honorable leader, by and for Edmonds.

Matthew Wilcox

4 Replies to “Letter: Proud to have been part of Bob Wilcox’s positive campaign for City Council”

  1. Matthew,

    A very nicely written piece sharing the thoughts and support from a son to a father. Your thoughts are shared by many others I believe. Negativity is an approach when many enlightened voters quit listening and look for candidates who do not use these tactics. When both candidates use negative attacks my wife and I now resort to a write in candidate.

    Yes, it has become an epidemic from some but not all. We continue to believe good karma will win and the tide will eventually ascend from the bottom where it currently resides. There are still good solid people out there with the main goal of representing the citizens in the best way possible with merits on issues and performance.

    Mike Murdock


  2. Mr. Wilcox was an excellent candidate who ran a good clean campaign, While I support Ms Buckshnis and Ms. Petso I believe that both Ms. Stern and Mr Wilcox would have been good honest servants of the citizens. If both were to get more involved in the everyday stuff it would benefit both the city and themselves. I hope to see more of these two.

    In my mind in these two races there were no losers, just WINNERS.


  3. You and your father did very well. In fact, out of the eight candidates running for City Council, he had the third highest number of votes. You lost to a highly respected incumbant.

    Don’t give up. I think your father could win a seat – especially if he had more civic experience. There are a number of opportunities to consider, including the Architectural Design Board, the Planning Board and the Citizens Economic Development Commission. Each of these would benefit from someone with your father’s experience.


  4. Ditto what the others have said. Their will be a time sooner then later that Bob Wilcox
    will have another opportunity to serve. We need positive leadership, non – partisan
    leadership in Edmonds. I will be proud to endorse Mr. Wilcox when that time arrives.
    Dave Page


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