One-term Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Teitzel announced Saturday morning that he isn’t running for a second term.
“It has been a true privilege to represent the citizens of Edmonds as a councilmember and I have deeply appreciated the opportunity to serve,” Teitzel said in his announcement. “We are fortunate to have an engaged, informed citizen base here and are blessed with a group of councilmembers who care deeply about the future of Edmonds. I have also appreciated the work of Mayor Earling and his excellent staff in running our city so well.”
Teitzel, a retired Qwest Communications executive, was elected in November 2015 to the council Position 5 seat vacated by one-term councilmember Joan Bloom. He said he was announcing his decision now “to enable potential council candidates sufficient time to plan their campaigns prior to the election filing deadline,” which is in May 17.
“While we have collectively made great progress over the past several years, there is still much to do,” Teitzel said. “We need to set policies in place that will accommodate expected growth while protecting our environment. We need to embrace the cultural and demographic changes being experienced here. We need to ensure Edmonds’ evolution is managed in a way that protects the character and charm of our city. We need be sure infrastructure and safety improvements are fully funded while building adequate reserve accounts to enable continuing provision of high quality city services during lean economic years. And importantly, we need to continue to focus on working as a team—including citizens, businesses and municipal government—in a collaborative, respectful and productive manner to make Edmonds an even better place to live and work.”
Teitzel said he looks forward to the remainder of his term and will “continue to work hard to serve our city throughout 2019.” Once off the council, he plans to stay engaged in the community through various volunteer and service opportunities.
“And on a personal level, my wife has recently retired and we plan to take some time to travel domestically and abroad while we are still youngsters!” he added.