City Council candidate Monroe stresses experience, inclusion and building a bright future for Edmonds

Nate Monroe addressed the audience, stressing his experience with managing big projects with multi-million-dollar budgets and his collaborative approach to finding solutions that work.

Before a crowd of friends and supporters who gathered Thursday evening at Edmonds’ Gravity Bar, Nate Monroe officially began his run for City Council position 7. The seat is held by Neil Tibbott, who is running for mayor and not seeking re-election to council. Monroe’s opponent is community activist Laura Johnson.

Born and raised in Edmonds, Monroe lives in the downtown area with his wife Jordan, and said he has witnessed first hand how Edmonds has grown and changed over the years.

The event officially began with a welcome from the candidate’s wife Jordan Monroe, who recognized the various past and present elected officials and others in the room before turning over the microphone to Celeste Monroe, the candidate’s sister-in-law who is an Edmonds resident and an attorney with Seattle’s Karr Tuttle Campbell law firm,

Celeste Monroe, the candidate’s sister-in-law, Edmonds resident, and attorney with Seattle’s Karr Tuttle Campbell law firm, detailed Nate Monroe’s experience and leadership style that he’ll bring to the Edmonds City Council.

“Edmonds is facing many critical decisions that will shape and define our future, and the kind of town we’ll leave for future generations,” Celeste Monroe began. “The city council, through making policy and appropriating funds, has a key role in making this happen. Nate Monroe has the right combination of skills and experience to take this on.”

She then went on to detail these attributes.

“Nate loves a healthy debate, but he also genuinely listens,” she said. “He appreciates researched positions and forces you to explain your views and what you believe, while always remaining open to changing his own mind based on your reasons.”

She noted Monroe’s relevant experience, which includes 16 years managing public infrastructure design and construction projects, and his current roles as construction manager for the Federal Way Sound Transit Light Rail Link project, and his four years as a member of the Edmonds Planning Board.

“He will consider the voices of everyone in the community,” she continued. “Nate is committed to a style of leadership that values all experiences and input. He’ll use his experience, skills and love of this community to help shape decisions that will build a strong future.”

Next to speak was current city councilmember and mayoral candidate Neil Tibbott.

Nate Monroe is seeking city council position 7, currently occupied by Neil Tibbott. Tibbott, now in the race for mayor, has endorsed Monroe.

“I got to know Nate four years ago when he joined the Planning Board,” Tibbott began. “The thing that always impressed me is that Nate came prepared, having read through and analyzed stacks of background material on the issues under consideration. While his expertise and knowledge are impressive, it’s not all he brings to the table. He also brings a lifetime of experience living and growing up here. It’s important for a councilmember to feel the heartbeat of the community, and Nate does because he’s lived it. He has a great mind and a great heart, and I fully endorse him for council.”

Taking over the microphone, Nate Monroe then addressed the group.

“Edmonds is changing,” he began. “We’re building big, transformative projects including the new Waterfront Center, Civic Field, the Waterfront Connector and daylighting Willow Creek, to name a few. These are exactly the kind of projects I’ve spent my career designing, planning and delivering, and they will define our town if we do them right.”

Nate and Jordan Monroe with their two nieces, 10-year-old Stella Monroe and 5-year-old Claire Monroe. Both are students at Edmonds’ Holy Rosary School.

According to Monroe, doing them right means making critical decisions that benefit the people who live in the community, whether they’ve been here “five years or 50.”

“It means building them smart, with a thoughtful eye to incorporating new neighbors and recognizing the challenges that come with growth,” he explained. “It means being brave enough to listen to others’ points of view and have honest conversations, gathering diverse groups and making collaborative decisions. It means resolving Edmonds issues with Edmonds solutions.

“Where we are today is in large part the result of decisions made in the past,” he added. “And two of these past decision-makers are in the room this evening, (current mayor) Dave Earling and (former mayor) Gary Haakenson.

“People ask what I’m passionate about,” he concluded. “It’s simple really. I’m passionate about the entirety of Edmonds’ future, about this community, about our possibilities, about showing up and working hard. And I think you are too.”

Learn more about Nate Monroe at his campaign website monroe4edmonds.com.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

  1. Beware of Mayors (past, present and wannabes) endorsing Council candidates, if you want change and new direction for the city. These are the status quo candidates of this election which is fine, if that’s what you really want for your town. The choice is ours.

    1. Clinton – are you suggesting we shouldn’t vote for anyone who the people have elected in the past and who are endorsed by those citizens have elected in the past? If I’m reading this correctly, are you suggesting Tibbott and Nelson and Kristiana are a no go for you? That leaves only one candidate.

  2. I have worked with Nate on the Economic Development Commission. His sister in law says it all about his problem solving capability. No matter who endorses him, Nate is Nate. He will bring his work experience and his problem solving skills to the job.

  3. I have worked with Nathan on the planning board for the last four years. He is very smart and his mind is wide open to any and all ideas. That alone is an unbeatable combination. That said, there should always be at least one professional engineer at the big table. Go Nate.

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