“Being a business, non-profit and community leader has been my passion for more than 20 years,” said Alicia Crank, as she formally kicked off her campaign for Edmonds City Council Monday evening at Scott’s Restaurant. “I’m excited to take this next step in Edmonds. As your councilmember I will work hard and continuously to ensure we come together as a community for the betterment of Edmonds.”
Crank is running for Council Position 5. The seat is currently held by Dave Teitzel, who announced in February that he will not seek re-election. Her opponent is Vivian Olson, who launched her campaign last month.
Crank first ran for council four years ago, losing to Teitzel. A newcomer to the area at the time, she has since immersed herself in local affairs and has served on the boards of the Edmonds Senior Center and the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and the Edmonds Sister City Commission, spent three years on the Edmonds Citizens Planning Board and currently is vice-chair of the Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) Commission.
She is currently employed as a corporate relations officer for YWCA Seattle.
Speaking in support of Crank was Edmonds City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas.
“When I was first elected to council in 2009, I was the only woman on that body,” Fraley-Monillas began. “And it wasn’t just the council – all the city department heads at the time were also men. But things changed, and the past decade saw more women elected to council and filling leadership roles in city government. But Edmonds hasn’t stopped changing. Today between 20 and 25 percent of our citizens are people of color, and they’re not reflected on council. It’s time for the city council to look more like the community it serves.”
In addition to bringing needed diversity to the council, Crank has strong credentials, proven energy, the ability to get things done, and a personal style of collaboration and listening, Fraley-Monillas said.
“I was first inspired to run for office when I met a young San Francisco Deputy City Attorney named Kamala Harris,” Crank said in her address to the audience. “Kamala was considering whether to run for California State Attorney General, but had serious reservations — not because she wasn’t qualified (she was!) and not because she couldn’t do the job (she could!), but because she’d never seen anyone who looks like her do the job, let alone run for it. Well, as we all know now, she could and she did. And she told me ‘if I can do it you can do it too.’ And I’m here tonight to tell you — I can!”
Stressing her core vision of Edmonds as a community of collaboration and action, Crank went on to outline how she’d take action to put this agenda on the ground and bring it out of the realm of discussion.
“I want residents to participate and see our government in action,” she said.
One way she’d do this is work to bring council committee meetings out of downtown where they’re inaccessible to many and into the neighborhoods, adding that since the council recently took action to have these meetings audio recorded, there’s no need to restrict them to being held in council chambers.
She also vowed to address the housing issue head-on.
“We’ve all heard about the ‘missing middle’ in our housing stock,” she explained. “This lack of housing opportunity needs to be addressed, and one way to do this is to give homeowners the option to build unattached accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property. Imagine charming backyard cottages that would not only add to our housing stock with options to fill the missing middle, but would also address the problem of aging in place that many residents are increasingly experiencing.”
Moving on to economic development, Crank described Edmonds as a “small town with big-city appeal,” where many commuters and others pass through but don’t stop to take advantage of our products and services. She went on to suggest creating an app that would highlight our businesses by location, offerings and amenities that could be used by visitors to target — and patronize — local businesses.
“We’ve got the talent to do this,” she added. “We just need the leadership. These issues have been talked to death, and it’s time for action. I’m not afraid of the political risk — it’s the story of my life. Join me and let’s work together to make the possible possible.”
Learn more about Alicia Crank at her campaign website: https://alicia4edmonds.com.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel