Neil Tibbott decides to run for Edmonds mayor

Edmonds City Councilmember Neil Tibbott — who in late January announced he was running for re-election to his City Council seat — on Wednesday said he is now running for Edmonds Mayor.

Tibbott said he decided to run for mayor to ensure voters have a clear choice of leadership style. The other declared mayoral candidate so far is Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson. Current Mayor Dave Earling has decided not to run for a third term

“When I look at my opponent (Nelson), in particular, I think I bring some leadership strengths that I don’t see in him,” Tibbott said. “I think once people get to know us, the choices will be clear.”

A professionally certified management consultant, Tibbott said that his almost 20-year background in public engagement ensures he will be “bringing a conversation rather than an agenda” into the the mayor’s office.

“We all live in Edmonds because it is an extraordinary and exceptional community,” he said in announcing his candidacy. “I am running to build on the great things that have been accomplished over many decades. With your help we will ensure that our future is as bright as our past.”

Tibbott cited his service in leadership roles for the past 10 years “that have put me front and center on issues facing our community.” In addition to a term on the city council, Tibbott has served on the Edmonds Planning Board, including time as chair, and on the city’s Transportation Committee.

“In my professional capacity over the last 10 years I have helped organizations implement
change at a board level. Budgeting, hiring and managing personnel are a big part of
what goes into my consulting process,” he said. “In the past, I have written training curriculum on group facilitation and conflict management. I consistently drew on those experiences as chairman of the planning board and they have been particularly useful as a member of the city council.

“I know city systems and want to keep them humming,” he said.

Tibbott said he is committed to the ongoing development of current projects
like the Edmonds Waterfront Center and Civic Field. One of the highest priorities of his administration, he said, would be to advance plans for developing the Highway 99 corridor.

“I plan to continue my focus on our community’s ability to provide necessary services for
our citizens, e.g., public safety, transportation, utilities in addition to the amenities that
make Edmonds such a wonderful community,” he said in his announcement. “While it will be important for us to budget wisely as we move forward on significant public projects such as building Civic Park, implementing the [Waterfront] Connector and improving the health of the Edmonds Marsh, we also need to facilitate important city-wide conversations regarding longer range plans. I believe we can be the city that gets growth right.”

Tibbott said he will continue “to promote enhancements for our neighborhood business zones like Perrinville, Westgate and Firdale Village. I helped rally support for the roundabout at Five Corners and will do so again for other large improvements that attract state and federal funding.

“There will be changes, but when we plan for them and involve our residents and
business leaders, good things happen,” he said.

A graduate of the University of Washington School of Communications, Tibbott has lived in Edmonds for over 20 years. His wife Margaret teaches at Chase Lake School and the couple has four adult children.

“My family and friends have agreed with me that this is the time for me to run for mayor,” Tibbott said.

To see a list of Tibbott’s supporters and learn more about the candidate, visit


  1. I encourage folks to keep the comments positive. Many people don’t get involved in political discourse because they are afraid they will be “attacked” verbally. Let’s not stifle debate! I am glad to see Councilmember Tibbott enter this very important race for Mayor. He brings years of experience as a volunteer in the community, especially at the City and now has served over 3 years on the City Council. I’m looking for candidates who are respectful of the process, are inclusive, do their homework, don’t come with a fixed idea of what to do before there is even agreement on what the problem is. Neil focuses on the basics, whether it’s land use, social services, environment, public involvement. He is grounded, compassionate and runs on common sense. Running for office is very hard. Serving in office can be even harder. Let’s do our homework, roll up our sleeves, help our elected officials and candidates and embrace this amazing gift we have called democracy.

  2. I have known Neil for over 6 years and enjoyed serving with him on the Edmonds Planning Board. He is extremely aware of the direction and needs of citizens’ desires for our city. He has been a terrific Council member and will be a wonderful mayor. He is open, flexible and honest, and an excellent leader. I strongly support his candidacy.

  3. We are elated that Neil has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Edmonds.
    He has been our good neighbor and friend for nearly two decades so we know him quite well.
    Neil is a man of integrity.
    He cares deeply about our city and its citizens and will strive to hear all of us.
    Neil has first-rate listening and leadership qualities, plus a lifetime of business and professional
    experience that has prepared him to be our next mayor.
    Our city will be in very capable hands with Neil Tibbott as Mayor of Edmonds.

  4. Way to go Neil! I’ve known Neil for years starting with our work on the Planning Board together. I’ve found him to be a thoughtful person and excellent council member who arrives at practical solutions by focusing on (and prioritizing) the needs of our City. I’m excited by his candidacy and am confident these skills and this approach will make him a successful mayor.

  5. My husband and I are looking forward to Council Member Tibbot’s campaign for Mayor. He clearly has been an effective leader while serving the Edmonds community on City Council and uses facts rather than emotion when making decisions for Edmonds that I have witnessed during the council meetings that I have attended.

  6. Great news, Neil! Your always considered, collaborative, fact-based, and well-researched decision making will continue to be an asset to our great community, although in a different role. Your service to the community over the years has truly made Edmonds a better place to live and work.

    You’ll make a terrific mayor.

  7. Thank you for running Neil! You will bring a common sense approach to running the City. We have served on many projects together and I am confident in your leadership!

  8. Neil, it has been a privilege serving with you on Council. Your collaborative style, attention to detail and strong ethics have been an asset to the city. I also appreciate that you, by virtue of living in the Seaview area, bring a broader perspective to the needs of the city than those of us who live in the Bowl. I also appreciate your common sense in being sure to prioritize budget dollars for city buildings and infrastructure rather than burdening future Councils with the high cost of deferred maintenance. It is this sort of long range thinking that, while not likely to make headlines, will serve our citizens very well in ensuring Edmonds remains one of the best cities in the state. Well done!

  9. We have known Neil and his family for nearly 20 years. They emulate the no-nonsense, hospitable, community oriented values that Edmonds is so well known for. Neil is as steady as the day is long but also shows intuition and creativity while being highly concerned that every voice is heard. We have watched him train and coach leaders, care for his family, and serve on City Council. Long before he had a formal position in politics, we teased him about being Mayor or Edmonds someday because he just seemed like such a good fit!! We are elated he has come to this place in his career. He loves his community. He won’t disappoint!!

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