Vivian Olson announces her candidacy for Edmonds City Council

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    Vivian Olson

    Correction: Position 5 is held by Dave Teitzel

    Long-time Edmonds volunteer Vivian Olson has announced her campaign for Edmonds City Council Position 5.

    The seat is currently held by Dave Teitzel, who announced Saturday he is not seeking re-election.

    “It was love at first sight when we moved here 17 years ago, and Edmonds has been home to my family ever since,” Olson said.

    A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who served as a contracting officer during
    active duty, Olson said she has knowledge of, and experience with, contract negotiations, pricing, and fiscal management. She is a long-time volunteer with the Edmonds School District, has held board positions with Friends of the Edmonds Library, serves on the Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board (now co-chair), and recently joined the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Board.

    Olson said that the boards she volunteers for are successful due “to a positive and collaborative style of working,” and adds: “I will bring that same respect, civility and
    optimism to my campaign for city council.”

    Edmonds is facing challenges related to population growth, environment changes and the need for business development, Olson said. “With thoughtful and responsible planning, we can ensure that the Edmonds of tomorrow addresses the needs of the next generation—
    without losing its cherished small-town feel.”

    In her announcement, Olson said she is committed to bringing city government to the people, and increasing people’s engagement in government decision-making. As such, she plans to host coffee house conversations, neighborhood walks, and other collaborative
    community dialogues. Olson said she believes that forging a true partnership between Edmonds’ citizens and its government will pay off in higher levels of trust and more effective policy.

    “We don’t have to fear a future we help create,” she said.

    17 Replies to “Vivian Olson announces her candidacy for Edmonds City Council”

    1. Congratulations Vivian! You are so correct about collaborating with others and you have demonstrated that attribute these last three years while being on our Tree Board. Respect of varying opinions and our environment also is a wonderful attribute you posses as well. Good Luck!

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    2. Vivian you will bring many fine skills and experiences to the work of the Council. One thing I’ve appreciated over the years is seeing your dedication to our city. If something wasn’t right, you found a way to get involved. Taking the initiative, as you have done, will serve our city well. I like forward to working with you in the coming years.

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    3. Vivian will be a great member of Edmonds City Council. She combines her knowledge of Edmonds with with an outstanding background in fiscal and project management – just what we need. (I speak as an engineer.)

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    4. I’m a long term Edmonds resident and have known Vivian for over 8 years. Vivian will be great for Edmonds because she is a grounded individual, excellent listener, works together to find solutions and takes action to get things done.

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    5. Vivian Olson is smart, principled, and hard working. She is true to her word and follows through. We met as fellow parents in Seaview Park with our children nearly 17 years ago and have been friends ever since. She will be an engaging, collaborative, and optimistic voice for the people of Edmonds, and will always be working on our behalf for the present and the future of our city. I am proud to support her campaign Edmonds City Council position 5.

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    6. Vivian, from the moment we met as neighbors, I knew you were a community-builder and leader. You have so much dedication and talent to give Edmonds – thank you for running for City Council!

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    7. I can’t think of a better advocate for Edmonds. Your willingness to have thoughtful discussion and honest conversation about issues is exactly what is needed in our world today! I remember walking to Seaview Park pushing our babies in strollers and solving the problems of the day. I was always inspired that even when we had different points of view we always found common ground and respect while we hashed out a solution. I’m glad to see you will be doing it for REAL!

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    8. Vivian’s positive attitude, love for Edmonds, and her willingness to listen and think things through makes her a great candidate.

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    9. I have been friends with Vivian Olson for more than 25 years. She is smart, honest, caring, and true to her word. Her commitment to maintaining the character of Edmonds while helping it take healthy steps into the future will serve all of its residents well. She understands the issues that await resolution and will engage in thoughtful and civil discourse about them, wisely using the knowledge she has gained through her years in Edmonds as a volunteer, community advocate, and leader.
      If you are invited to a coffee klatsch with Vivian, she knocks on your door to introduce herself, or is part of an open community forum, don’t miss the opportunity to meet her!

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    10. We know Vivian as a lady who walks the talk and will be an asset to our great community. We will back her in her endeavors on the city council.

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    11. Congratulations Vivian,
      The city of Edmonds will be very lucky to have you on their board! You are a very wise, engaged, positive, and hard working young gal! I wish you all the best and hope that you will be a guiding light for our City of Edmond’s wellness and growth!

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    12. First of all, congratulations Vivian! You are so talented and dedicated on making Edmonds an even better city for all. You listen to all concerns and address with compassion and empathy. I’m excited to be with you during your journey.

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    13. I have the privilege of being a close friend and co-worker of Vivian’s. She has a true love of Edmonds and as a council member I feel Vivian will represent this community with integrity and inclusiveness. Her successful involvement on local boards and her positive work ethic will serve this city well. She is one of the most thoughtful and dedicated people I know. I look forward to supporting her in this endeavor.

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    14. OUTSTANDING! We very much look forward to strongly supporting Vivian, a truly dedicated community leader, in her commitment to run for City Council and provide well balanced representation for the majority of Edmonds.

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    15. I’ve crossed paths with Vivian during different community issues and events. I am very happy to see she’s running for City Council. She’s bright and passionate about doing her part to keep the Edmonds small town feel while looking to future challenges. It takes a lot to run for office, I look forward to helping her with her campaign.

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