Election notes: Steves endorses Nelson, school board campaign kickoff for Katims June 24

We continue with our new feature, “Election Notes,” meant to provide brief highlights of news from local candidates (city council, mayor, school board, fire authority) running for election this fall. Candidates who want to submit announcements to us for consideration can email myedmondsnews@gmail.com.

Edmonds-based European travel authority Rick Steves last Saturday hosted a get-together to support Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson’s candidacy for Edmonds mayor. Steves has officially endorsed Nelson in the mayoral race, which has drawn a field of four candidates for the August primary election. In addition to Nelson, they are City Councilmembers Kristiana Johnson and Neil Tibbott, and City Planner Brad Shipley.

Nancy Katims is hosting a campaign kickoff Monday, June 24 for Edmonds School Board of Directors District 5 position. The event will start at 6 p.m. at Cafe Louvre, located at 210 5th Ave. S. in Edmonds. You can learn more at this Facebook event link. If you plan to attend, the campaign requests RSVPs to nancykatims4kids@gmail.com.


  1. The Rick Steves reception for mayoral candidate Mike Nelson had participation from many elected officials from the Puget Sound area – apparently all are members of the Democratic party. The city of Edmonds elected positions are non-partisan, but the democrats have historically supported their fellow party members with disregard for who is the most qualified. Mayor Earling and former Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson are supporting Neil Tibbott; I believe that it is safe to say that they know who will make the better mayor than all of those democratic officials collectively.

    In 2010, Democratic city councilmembers appointed democrat Mike Cooper as mayor, even though there were several better qualified candidates for the appointment. Cooper only lasted until his first election in 2011 when Dave Earling received almost twice as many votes. But Cooper did last long enough to cost our city more than $1 million in a lawsuit.

    Hopefully Edmonds voters will once again do a better job than the partisan elected officials by remembering to choose the most qualified candidate for mayor without giving preference to his political party membership. In 2019 that candidate clearly is Neil Tibbott.

  2. With all the 32D and 21D support of for our non partisan election it would be interesting to know what these “progressive” folks have in mind. Why all the interest in local elections? Does any one have insights into this movement and how can we all learn more about the how it might influence our local delivery of services? What might be the plan if the progressives support for local candidate succeed? Will we get more dollars for roads and parking facilities? What will happen to the role and cost of government? I do not know the answers but it may be time to try and figure it out.

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