Local community organizer and longtime volunteer Laura Johnson announced Thursday that she is a candidate for Edmonds City Council Position 7.
She will face incumbent Neil Tibbott, who recently declared his intent to run for a second term.
Describing herself as a wife, mother and small business co-owner, Johnson said she chose to move to Edmonds because “I knew it was the perfect place to raise a family and I wanted to be a part of this community.”
“When I found myself unsatisfied with governmental decisions, I knew that if I was going to complain I should also be willing to do something to make a change,” she added.
Johnson has been a strong advocate for protecting and restoring the Edmonds Marsh and for legislation requiring safe storage of firearms. She also was a leader in opposing installation of tire crumb rubber infill on public playfields in Edmonds, citing public health and environmental concerns. As a result of work by Johnson and others, the Edmonds City Council placed a moratorium on further crumb rubber installation until current studies are completed.
Johnson serves as co-chair of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, is co-lead for the Edmonds Group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a member of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, and a founding member of the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my community-based work has been helping others become more civically engaged,’ she said. “With that in mind, I am committed to increasing the transparency and accessibility of our local government. I am also committed to thoughtful environmental stewardship and I will always keep in mind the future generations that will inherit the impacts of the decisions we make today.”
She said she has the early endorsements of former State Senator Maralyn Chase, Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, School Board Director Carin Chase, Diversity Commission Vice Chair Anabel Hovig, Diversity Commissioner Mindy Woods and community organizer Courtney Wooten.
Her website is www.votelaurajohnson.com.