While some positions in government are partisan, those for council and mayor of Edmonds are not. This means as a voter, I have the opportunity to learn about each candidate based on their merits, experience and public statements rather than simply knowing their political party affiliation.
City government manages the needs of a city of people. Making decisions regarding city services, reviewing and proposing budgets, being updated by city staff on capital projects and listening to residents on city issues are a few of the many responsibilities entrusted to our mayor and council.
I believe that when it comes to city business, elected officials should focus on what’s best for Edmonds rather than discerning their actions based on the platform of a political party or organization. Parties don’t live in Edmonds. People do.
So, does this mean I wouldn’t vote for any Edmonds’ candidates with partisan endorsements or support from lobbying organizations? Not necessarily, but I am leery of a candidate with endorsements that lean heavily to one side.
Why? It’s easy to get support from people and groups you strongly align with on partisan policy. And if you know that a certain percentage of voters will vote for you simply because you have the support of your party or lobbying groups, you aren’t standing on your merits as an individual.
I’m tired of partisan politics in Edmonds, so I’m supporting a candidate who is willing to have the tough conversations with people, ask the right questions, listen to opposing views and strive to bring as many people to the table as possible to figure out what’s best for Edmonds without seeking partisan endorsements.
Yes, it’s much harder to move beyond your inner circle and reach out to a broader scope of people to gain their support. It takes work, but that’s the sign of an effective city leader — someone willing to put partisan endorsements aside in favor of standing as an individual and reaching out to all the residents of Edmonds.
This is one of the reasons why I am supporting Neil Tibbott for Mayor of Edmonds. He has the endorsements of individuals who have worked with him within the city on city matters rather than a list of partisan endorsements. I have also had the opportunity to closely work with Neil Tibbott while he helped establish the current Citizens Housing Commission, and have seen firsthand how he works to bring people together by listening and taking action. I believe that he is the right choice for Edmonds.