This time during each election year, people become campaign exhausted. Within Edmonds alone, we have eight people running for council seats and two people running for mayor. You don’t know who to believe or what to believe when it comes time to vote. The biggest piece of advice I can give is do your homework before casting that ballot.
In the city of Edmonds, we have a group that has been pushing for everything to stay the way it is socially and to continue developing our neighborhoods; they have been in existence for about eight years and use to call themselves the Downtown Elections Group. In this election cycle they are called the “EGG” Edmonds Good Governance; they are known as the old guard — predominately white, wealthy and connected to others of the same. They are led by a woman by the name of Maggie Fimia, former mayor of Shoreline. The EGG is also being led by a former mayor of Edmonds.
I have seen the work plans of both the Downtown Elections Group and EGG. The same people belong to both and have various campaign duties assigned to each person involved such as fund raising, doorbelling, letter writing (ever wonder why the same people write letters for different candidates?) strategic planning, background investigations and much more.
This year has been a particularly bad election cycle and perhaps that is because this is a city on the verge of great change. To quote our current mayor we are “no longer considered Deadmonds.” We have a wealth of young families moving into the area once thought to be a retirement environment. We also have a large diverse community in our city to include people who are not white, and include LGTBQ, disabled, lower income, and those struggling with mental illness. We must address all the needs of the people that live in Edmonds not just the needs of downtown crowd. I am mystified how the old guard thinks they can keep Edmonds the way it has been for 100 years. It’s time to move forward in a careful manner excepting all who live here.
I have been elected to the city council three times by the citizens of Edmonds. I was never appointed, so I actually have spent quite a bit of time talking to the citizens of our city to understand their needs. I have also worked with both men running for mayor of Edmonds. I like them both as people. But I would suggest people look to see what each has accomplished since being elected.
Mr. Tibbott is kind and friendly and really tries his best. He was nominated last year to be council president but the majority of council members believed he wasn’t ready for the job. I am at a loss for what he has stood for except the connector (over the beach bridge) all the way through until the night of the final vote; only after the council received 250 plus emails and had 500 people rallying at the council chambers did he change his mind. He did not understand what we were doing wrong in communicating with the citizens.
He tried to stand for was hiring a two-person sidewalk crew to hurry up our updated ADA sidewalk process.He proposed it two years ago in a budget but pulled it back at the request of the administration. This past year he brought it up again and it passed council budget. By contrast, I have worked with Mr. Nelson more than five years and have been impressed with his tenacity for getting things done that benefit our citizens — and protecting our children. The list is impressive: working on our first inclusive park and playground, demanding safe storage of fire arms away from children, leadership on the Edmonds Marsh, leadership on our homeless assessment and opioid taskforce, his work with local businesses on composting, opposition to property tax increases, led the way for more and better police services, stood up with veterans for the new plaza, improving traffic safety in all of Edmonds, and leading on renewable energy.
Mr. Nelson and I have also attended multiple events supporting causes for Edmonds: rallies for gun safety, rallies for LGTBQ rights, a rally against hate crimes, a rally for legal immigrants and their families, and rallies for the working rights of hospital staff and teachers who take care of us and our children.
A lot has been made about partisan elections. Unfortunately, in this country we have two main parties where the majority of us camp. I had a great laugh at a recent council debate when a candidate told the other candidate they were supported by the “Democrats” and that she wasn’t taking PAC support. This candidate asked the Democrats for their endorsement but was refused. A couple of days later a piece of lit appeared at my door with endorsements of three Republican councilmembers and two Republican mayors and the next day a PAC endorsed her. You see, like it or not everyone picks one side or another.
I encourage everyone reading this to do a little homework. Go to the Public Disclosure Commission and check who is giving money to whom and how much. Go to the candidate’s websites and see who is endorsing who. I promise you will predominately see two parties supporting two different people.
It is clear, Mr. Nelson stands up for Edmonds and gets the job done, that is why I support him for mayor. I want someone leading this great city who represents all of us, listens carefully to the citizens and looks to the future so as not make the same mistakes of the past. Vote Mike Nelson!
Edmonds City Council