To the Editor:
I do hate to get into online debates, but I do like to attend candidate forums like the one last night, to see how well the candidates can address questions and issues on the spot and to hear from the horses’ mouths their ideas, visions and plans for Edmonds. For example, here’s a little of what I heard last night.
Position 7 council candidate Mr. Monroe said he’s 38, has degrees, has always lived in Edmonds, and would approach the need for lower income housing by looking at property in Mountlake Terrace and other jurisdictions; his opponent, Laura Johnson, said she has been actively involved in city issues that are important to her and to future generations, including stopping the proposed overpass planned on the marine sanctuary, taking a leadership role in fighting for safe storage for guns, volunteering at the cold weather shelter, and, in short, showing up, taking a stand and working hard.
Position 5 candidates both have interesting new ideas. Vivian Olson talks about “codifying charm” and, according to her website, she will hold “an office hour at Harbor Square Athletic Club on Wednesdays.” When it comes to listening and shaping future housing and economic development plans, Alicia Crank says she wants to include and prioritize all Edmonds “contributors,” including homeowners, renters, visitors, and people who work in Edmonds.
And in response to a question about each mayoral candidate’s “big idea” for a most important project, Mr. Nelson said we should get going on the very big, complicated Highway 99 subarea project to address major issues of safety, affordable housing, and economic development. Mr. Tibbott said he is excited about creating a “walkway” with lights and art that “extends all the way from downtown to the waterfront and even out Sunset drive.”
We are being offered a real choice in this election. Let’s listen to what the candidates say, at least as much as what’s said about them. Listen to their ideas. Check out their priorities. Let’s elect a city government that will make the changes we need and work hard to create a dynamic future for a better Edmonds.