A letter from residents to residents
We have an important decision to make regarding who we put in the mayor’s chair We have two candidates who could not be more different. The people who signed this letter could also not be more different. Many of us have never met and there are many things on which we would not agree. We each have reviewed information and accusations about both candidates and have summarized some of our findings below.
Neil Tibbott – Yes
Mike Nelson – DELAYED: Over six years Mike owed the IRS $52,000 and had a lien placed on his property. He is current now. https://www.heraldnet.com/news/edmonds-mayoral-candidate-tax-lien-surfaces-before-primary/
Responsible for campaign finance violations
Neil Tibbott – No
Mike Nelson – Yes Mike is Executive Director of Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Washington Attorney General Filed a charge against SEIU for campaign finance violations. The judgment was $233,205 in civil penalties. https://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/seiu-state-council-pay-250000-over-campaign-finance-violations
Supports marriage equality
Neil Tibbott – Yes: “I do and always have supported marriage equality, and would be the first to defend it if it came under attack in our city.” https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/07/edmonds-mayoral-candidates-meet-again-during-ace-forum/
Mike Nelson – Yes: “I one hundred percent support marriage equality and will do anything in my power to defend it.” https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/08/mayoral-candidates-share-views-with-business-community-during-edmonds-chamber-lunch/
Prevented conflict of interest
Neil Tibbott – Yes
Mike Nelson – No: Mike served on the council while city employee SEIU contracts were being negotiated. Chair of his executive board was president of the union of Edmonds. His boss and part of his salary came from the union the city was negotiating with. https://olms.dol-esa.gov/query/orgReport.do?rptId=694642&rptForm=LM2Form
Changed vote on Connector
Neil Tibbott – Yes: He voted against it indicating that the original Task Force study and recommendation never referenced marine sanctuary impact and that the size was substantially larger than initially forecasted. https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/08/mayoral-candidates-share-views-with-business-community-during-edmonds-chamber-lunch/
Mike Nelson – Yes: Mike co-chaired the Task Force that identified 50 alternatives and recommended the connector as the preferred option. Mike then indicated he didn’t support the connector because all other council members voted to save $1.36 million in fire department staffing. https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/08/mayoral-candidates-share-views-with-business-community-during-edmonds-chamber-lunch/
Supports Edmonds police chief
Neil Tibbott – Yes
Mike Nelson – No: Mike publicly accused the Edmonds police chief of inappropriate behavior when the chief encouraged the public to wait for facts before jumping to conclusions. A teen accused Edmonds police of stopping him for merely walking down the street because of his race. The teen later admitted that he fabricated the story because he was late to soccer practice. https://myedmondsnews.com/2018/03/edmonds-city-council-oks-new-playground-phone-system-mesaros-supports-police-chief/
Free from political party influence
Neil Tibbott – Yes
Mike Nelson – No: Mike has received support from a political party. https://www.pdc.wa.gov/reports/contributions_download?filer_id=NELSM%20%20020&election_year=2019
We believe that these topics represent important criteria for choosing a Mayor to serve this great community.
Neil has been endorsed by five Edmonds mayors; current councilmembers; five former councilmembers; four Edmonds Port Commissioners; five Edmonds Planning Board members; four Economic Development Commissioners; and the Everett Herald. He has also been endorsed by almost every mayor from the communities around Edmonds, indicating his ability to collaborate on regional issues such as transportation, housing, crime, environment and homelessness.
Mike has been endorsed by four state representatives; three Snohomish County councilmembers, the Snohomish County prosecuting attorney, the Mayor of Mukilteo (no confidence vote by their council), the Sierra Club, the Snohomish County Labor Council, Snohomish County Democrats, and the 21st and 32nd District Democrats. Mike has the backing of labor unions and the strong backing from a political party for a seat that is to be non-partisan. Could his being a registered lobbyist and ties with special interest groups influence his objectivity and be the invitation for outside interests to control the Mayor’s seat, if elected?
We strongly recommend that you also do your own research, weigh what “character” and “actions” you want to align your vote with.
Those of us who have signed this letter won’t and don’t always agree, but we all do agree that Neil Tibbott should be our next mayor.
Signed (all titles and identifying information provided by the co-signers):
Mike Schindler Veteran Non-Profit Leader, 3rd Generation Edmonds Resident
Steve & Shannon Bullock 40+ year Edmonds Resident/former city staffer
Don Hall Independent and local business owner
Bill Herzig Registered independent
Sharon Howard Environmentalist
Theresa Hutchison Nurse and Mexican American
Greg Gorsuch Local business owner
Cheryl Gorsuch RN
Maureen and Jeff Lewis Bi-partisan household
Jack Loos Progressive senior citizen
Philip Lovell Progressive, registered engineer
Jim Mesick Progressive
Steve Pennington Veteran
Randal Phelan Structural bridge design engineer
Laura Phelan Homemaker
George & Joan Ringstad Lifetime residents
Mike Rosen Democrat
Art Jones Independent business owner and long time resident
Carl Zapora Democrat, retired Public Hospital District CEO