All the candidates seem to say the same things – the things they think voters want to hear. So how do you figure out who to vote for?
I have discovered that you can’t rely on the superficial evidence – which is all you get if you read or listen to campaign statements. You really need to know the record of what they have championed over time, and decide if those are issues important to you. You also need to pay close attention to who supports their campaign, and then decide if you share the values of those supporters.
Having done the “homework” of attending city council meetings, following issues, and analyzing the results in relation to my values, I am voting for Mike Nelson for mayor. My values are focused on protecting the environment and having a safe, healthy place for my family to live. Who wouldn’t share these values? Well, as we have seen, too often the lure of money makes people forget what is really important.
Those who stand to profit from development have fought against protecting the Edmonds Marsh, have tried to put a concrete overpass on our beach, and have pushed for taller buildings in our historic downtown. Fear of losing profits causes them to attack candidates who threaten those interests.
Instead of negative campaigning, voters need to hear exactly what each candidate has done for our city. Mike Nelson’s accomplishments for renewable energy alone make him stand out for me. He has also been a champion for Edmonds Marsh and always puts the safety and health of Edmonds citizens first.
I haven’t seen any significant accomplishments by his opponent. Apparently attacks on Nelson are all that Tibbott’s campaign has to offer.