I commend those who choose to run for public office. The scrutiny, the embellishment of truths, the double standards applied to candidates by many is a heavy weight to carry.
It is no doubt a weight that many won’t and choose not to carry. And so some who don’t run take the easy road and personally attack the candidate and any view that doesn’t align with their own, instead of attempting to understand the other person’s point of view.
What happened to, “I’m curious to know…?”
As I read through comments it really does sadden me to see that civility seems to be a dying principle. The “opposition” must be evil and unfit — regardless of whatever side of an issue you are on.
Yet, I’m still hopeful that not all is lost. There is common ground.
Find the one percent (1%) you agree on and give it 100% of your effort and you’ll likely find you have more in common than not. I’ve had to apply this principle in most of my professional career; believe it or not, not all of us who have served in uniform think alike — but we do have one thing in common — to defend and uphold the principles of our Constitution. We love this country.
And that means we actually have to play nice with those who think differently than us. One team, one fight.
I’m choosing to believe that all the candidates who are running for both council and mayor share a common platform — they love Edmonds. They may have different visions for Edmonds, some are likely more qualified at this point to hold certain positions than others, and there is no question that a few have had to make difficult decisions that aren’t always popular. But remember, there are always two sides to every story…and decision.
Seek to understand before being understood and you’ll win a friend.
No one likes to be wrong. No one likes to screw up. My team would often hear me say something like, “well, based on what we know, here’s the decision. Now let’s work like hell to make it the right one.” That is especially true for those men and women I’ve interviewed who have been in combat operations. You pray to God that you get it right. It doesn’t always happen.
Fortunately, from what I know, there are no life-ending decisions for our city on the ballot this fall.
What I also know is that these elected positions for mayor and for council are non-partisan — meaning: party politics shouldn’t have a seat at the table. Yet, I see party politics invading our city — and it is quite apparent with some on our current council. If you vote “party” you are doing this city a disservice. Vote the candidate whom you align with on the vision for Edmonds — not party line.
It truly is freeing to be party agnostic — but it does require one to be objective and evaluate the issues.
I know. You’ll vote however you choose to vote. But perhaps, if you’re undecided, you’ll not cast your vote because “you like the person” or they align with your political party but rather because you found alignment in the vision for Edmonds.