Alicia Crank kicked off her campaign for Edmonds City Council Position 5 Wednesday evening in front a small but enthusiastic gathering of supporters at Scott’s Restaurant. Crank, a first-time candidate, will face another newcomer to Edmonds politics, Dave Teitzel, for the position currently held by Councilmember Joan Bloom.
Crank recently relocated to Edmonds from Mountain View, Calif., and immediately began serving her new community by joining the Sister City Commission. When the opportunity came up to run for council, she jumped right in.
“I love Edmonds,” she said. “It reminds me of my old home, and I see it facing many of the same issues Mountain View faced a decade ago. It really feels like déjà vu. Issues like housing affordability, growing population, building heights, major development decisions and more. I’ve been here before, I know what works, and I know what doesn’t.”
Crank said she would take a fresh look at development patterns, which would include focusing on transit corridors as an opportunity to develop housing solutions for a range of income levels. “There’s no question that more housing will be needed, and we should look at increasing density on the transit corridors and not in the downtown core,” she said. “This also gives the opportunity to create more affordable housing and help reverse the trend of lower-income people being priced out of Edmonds.”
Along with this, she said she would strongly support a major effort to bring enhanced green building practices to Edmonds. “Coming from the Silicon Valley, I’ve worked with the latest cutting-edge green building practices that could be incorporated here to the benefit of all,” she said.
She also stressed the importance of seizing the opportunity to make Edmonds a destination. “People are continually passing through Edmonds for our many events and festivals,” she said. We need to provide more incentives to keep them here for dining, lodging, and enjoying our parks and beaches. By changing the conversation to Destination Edmonds, and creating a synergy between our events and our downtown retailers, we can boost our local businesses and broaden our economic base.”
Speaking in support of Crank, 32nd District Democrats Chair Carin Chase stressed that Crank has a broad focus that includes all citizens of Edmonds, “not just those in the Bowl.”
Edmonds City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas also voiced her strong support. “Alicia is the right person at the right time for city council,” she said. “She has great values and a great history, understands the needs of the working middle class, and I look forward to serving with her on council.”
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel