I have talked to Alicia Crank several times in the last few months and have heard her speak about numerous local issues in recorded candidate interviews. Each time I came away impressed and excited by the idea that this very talented person might become a member of our city council.
For those who don’t know much about Alicia, I urge you to do what I did: Google her, read about her accomplishments, and, perhaps, watch her in the recent candidate interview at My Edmonds News.
For those with no Googling time, I will summarize what you could have learned: Alicia lives in Edmonds, a few blocks from Highway 99, and she cares deeply about all of Edmonds. She works as Corporate and Foundation Officer for the Seattle-King-Snohomish YWCA, a major force for good in the region. She has a background in business, having once been a corporate banker. She has taught classes in leadership skills, and now works to build bridges and form coalitions between the corporate and nonprofit worlds. She has served on local boards and commissions, including the Edmonds Senior Center, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the Edmonds Planning Board, and the Snohomish County Airport Commission. She is endorsed by a long list of people and organizations, including the current Snohomish County Executive, past and present members of the Edmonds City Council and Snohomish County Council, members of the Edmonds School and Planning Boards, the Snohomish County Democratic Party, the Snohomish and Island County Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the Washington Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and many, many more.
Alicia is, in short, the real deal, a person whose work and civic experience, ideas, and skills would strengthen the Council as it faces problems and opportunities in the coming years. I hope that, in this important election, other voters will take the time to learn about her and consider giving her their votes.