It was a gala evening at the Edmonds Senior Center as Edmonds resident Justin McMahon formally kicked off his run to represent the 21st Legislative District in Olympia.
With more than 50 enthusiastic supporters in attendance, McMahon hammered home his key messages of funding public schools, fighting homelessness, keeping our streets safe, and cleaning up Puget Sound.
“It’s a privilege to live next to something this magnificent,” he said. “We need to focus on protecting this amazing body of water and the watershed that feeds it.”
But his most passionate remarks came when he addressed social issues like homelessness, families in need, and keeping our streets safe.
“Thousands of people right here in Snohomish County go to bed homeless each night,” he said. “I grew up in a working class family that depended on food stamps, and I know what it’s like to do without.”
Stressing his commitment to ensuring that corrections officers are safe on the streets, he cited his recent endorsement by Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary. “I and Sheriff Trenary believe safe streets are essential to strong communities,” he said, “and I am committed to providing the necessary resources to make this happen.”
A student at the University of Washington-Bothell, McMahon concluded by stressing his core value of giving back to the community through progressive change from the grass roots up.
“It’s how I was brought up,” he said. “This community has nurtured me from childhood, and I’m passionate to do everything I can to pay it back.”
The 21st Legislative District covers all of Mukilteo, most of Edmonds and parts of Lynnwood and Everett.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel