Like many longtime Edmonds residents, we wish to preserve the charm of the downtown core, and the natural beauty of the marsh and our beaches. We also celebrate the diversity of our town: once referred to by local residents as “Deadmonds” due to its sleepiness and homogeneity. As Christians, we care very much about the welfare of the poorer members of our society, and those newly arrived from other cities or countries. Their needs and opinions are as important as our own.
It is ironic that city officials who are public servants would develop the downtown core in ways that are not consistent with the small town feeling that we wish to preserve. Proposals to move the library in order to build yet more commercial space and condos, or to build a massive concrete overpass down to our beaches offer great revenue to private developers, but at the cost of destroying our natural beauty and non-commercial civic spaces. In these times of inequality and climate change, it is vital to elect leaders who prioritize preserving our natural environment and creating a community with resources for members at every socioeconomic level.
Mike Nelson is the mayoral candidate who best embodies the spirit of public service. As a city councilmember he has sought to proactively protect our environment. He will prioritize the daylighting of Willow Creek to bring back salmon and help our dying orcas thrive. He wants to maximize the marsh’s natural function as a stormwater filter: increasingly necessary as our population expands. Mike worked with council to pass a resolution to move Edmonds toward renewable energy. He also opposed the waterfront connector for over a year before the Save Edmonds Beach group brought it to the public’s attention. He has stated his desire to prioritize developing the 99 corridor, which has great potential to be revitalized for the many families who find the cost of living in the downtown core prohibitive. Mike is sincere in his aims for all residents of Edmonds. He has a proven track record in the areas of his campaign promises, and has the background and experience to lead our city toward these goals. We hope that citizens who share our concerns will consider voting for Mike Nelson for our next mayor.
Dr. Andrew Perry and Kassie Goforth