To the editor:
We are voting for Mike Nelson based on his experience and accomplishments. At his own expense, he has prepared himself for the mayor role by studying law and working in law enforcement in a city larger than Edmonds. We admire him for showing initiative to accomplish those goals.
Developing the Edmonds section of Highway 99 will be a huge undertaking and he has a track record for accomplishing big goals.
Crime is rising in Edmonds. Mike worked in law enforcement in California. His experience will be invaluable, especially as Highway 99 becomes busier and more dangerous. For that reason alone, we need Mike’s experience.
Mike is a fast responder. When we sent emails to all of the City Council members about the reckless ferry traffic on our street, Mike Nelson was the first to get back to us on the same day. When we send emails to the City Council members about controlling the budget, Mike always responds. Mike is in favor of keeping our property taxes as low as possible.
In the summer of 2018, Linda asked Neil Tibbott what could be done to redirect the ferry traffic to SR-104 where it belongs. He said he would ask the city to work with vendors of GPS vehicle navigation systems to redirect the ferry traffic. A few months later when asked what had happened with redirecting the traffic, he said he forgot about it and would check. Traffic has only gotten worse with no response yet from Neil Tibbott.
We are very fortunate to have Neil Tibbott serving on the city council, but given the challenges we face, we believe Mike Nelson has more experience to handle these challenging situations as our mayor.
John and Linda Niemi