All Edmonds City Council candidates now to get chance for second interview

An update to our Edmonds City Council story from Tuesday night and the concern that the process for providing a second interview to some — but not all — candidates for appointment to the vacant Position 6 was unfair.

City Council President Diane Buckshnis said Wednesday morning that all candidates will now have a chance for a second in-person interview, if they desire.

Here is a copy of Buckshnis’ email, sent to Council staff assistant Jana Spellman, who has been communicating with all candidates:

Due to the last Council Member finally weighing in on the process and recent citizen input, we will allow the remaining seven the option of having a second interview.

Please let those individuals know that they will be afforded 20 minutes and they can answer their questions either via email or come in and answer them in an interview process.  But, they will need to notify you so that we can determine how much time will be allotted for the process.

We will then begin the voting process after the last interview.

Thanks and sorry for all the confusion.  I had not heard any complaints to date until last night.


  1. As one of the candidates in the process, I thought that it was a very efficent may to interview and I had no problems with how it was done. I wasn’t called back for a second interview but as someone that just ran for City Council I believe all the Council
    members know where I stand on most of the issues. I believe what they where trying to accomplish was making the best use of their time and I applaud them for that.

  2. City Council President Buckshnis provided this update today: “We will interview three of the remaining applicants that wish to be interviewed on Tuesday the 11th; the four remaining applicants did not request a second interview but they will be providing written responses to the additional questions asked. From the beginning, the goal of this Council was to ensure all Applicants feel that they are treated fairly and equally and this continues to be our objective.”

  3. Maybe it’s the winter weather, maybe it’s just plain boredom but why are we constantly reading about individuals complaining about anything and everything? Either it’s “that isn’t fair,” or the council doesn’t work as a team,” or “city staff don’t reach out to the council.” It seems the tone of discontent is growing rapidly in Edmonds. Maybe there’s a daily dose of positive thinking to be taken on a regular basis.

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