Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis met with a group of more than 50 supporters Thursday evening at Edmonds’ Gallaghers’ Where u Brew pub to formally kick off her re-election campaign. Buckshnis vowed to continue serving Edmonds as a strong voice for governmental and financial transparency, the environment, community empowerment and maintaining our small-town heritage.
The two-term councilmember is being challenged for her Position 4 seat by local attorney Jenna Nand.
Buckshnis was introduced by Gallaghers’ owner Tom Kretzler, who welcomed the attendees and thanked them for showing up to “help us kick off Diane’s campaign.”
Buckshnis began by thanking everyone for their support over the past nine years, quipping that “it’s been a long, strange journey, as the Grateful Dead would say.” She added that she is calling this “my recycle campaign,” referring to how she is still using yard signs and informational materials from her previous runs for council.
(Buckshnis was originally appointed to the council in January 2010 to fill the position left vacant with the death of Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson in November 2009. She was elected twice to the seat — in 2011 and 2015.)
“I can do this because my campaign platform really remains the same,” she explained. She particularly noted that she’s been working to preserve and restore the Edmonds Marsh for years, and that this will continue to be a major focus for her.
“My record speaks for itself,” she continued. “Some of you may not like all my votes, but part of the job is knowing that you can’t please everyone. My opponent has looked through my record and according to her literature has found only three things I’ve done wrong in the past nine years. I think that’s a pretty good record. She has no record, and we don’t know how she’ll handle the stress of the job. And take it from me, this job can get pretty stressful!”
Rich Senderoff, chair of the SnoIsle Sierra Club political committee, spoke next.
“The Sierra Club is very proud to endorse Diane,” he began. “She has been and will be the environmental champion on the Edmonds City Council. She’s worked with the Water Resources Inventory 8 Salmon Recovery Council for her entire time on Council, and for the past five years has worked on the Salmon Recovery Grant Funding Committee.
“Through these efforts and others she’s brought in significant grant money to Edmonds from both state and federal agencies,” Senderoff said.
He also pointed out that Buckshnis opposed the Edmonds Waterfront Connector from the beginning (the candidate chiming in “because it was on a sanctuary”), and also noted her appointment to the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee.
“Beyond this, she’s supportive of the community in so many diverse ways,” he added, citing her involvement in a laundry list of groups ranging from Rotary to the Edmonds Arts Festival to the Tree Board to the Floretum Garden Club to the Off Leash Area Edmonds Dog Park.
“Being a councilmember is the hardest elected position you’ll ever have,” he concluded. “You’re immersed in the community. Wherever you are — grocery store, athletic club, just walking the streets — you come face-to-face with your constituents, some of whom may not agree with things you’ve done or positions, values and beliefs you hold. I’m really proud of the job Diane has done, even though we may not agree on everything. Nonetheless, I supported her then, and I support her now. Every vote counts, and I urge you to join me and send Diane Buckshnis back to council for another four years.”
Learn more about Diane Buckshnis in our earlier article in My Edmonds News here.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel