As former elected mayors and council members of Edmonds, we were proud to have served in office and wish to have our elected officials respected as they carry out their prescribed duties.
For this 2019 election, we ask that our citizens seriously research and evaluate the candidates to assure that each one satisfies the tests for trustworthiness, integrity, professional attributes, and commitment to office. We have done this research and the results have led us to reject the candidacy of Mike Nelson for mayor.
Persons submitting this letter are not anti-union, but Mike Nelson’s connections create a conflict of interest when, as mayor, he would be the chief negotiator of all labor contracts for city employees. An extensive investigation has prompted our decision because of the following: (1) Nelson was appointed to the city council in 2015 and did not disclose that as the executive director of a statewide union since, he was also the state-registered lobbyist since 2012 of that union; (2) He openly admits being delinquent in paying federal income taxes on time for three years and was fined accordingly, which blemishes his ability to properly administer the city’s financial activity; (3) His union was fined $250,000 by the Attorney General for under-the-table campaign contributions while he was in charge; (4) He has not disclosed that his spouse is employed as a lawyer for the firm representing the Edmonds Police Officers Association; (5) Mike Nelson’s commitment to our community is lacking when records from the Secretary of State indicate that he failed to vote in two of our Edmonds School District ballot measures (2012 & 2014) nor in the 2012 primary election where important statewide officials and judges were being determined.
Citizens in Edmonds deserve the best person for mayor. Anything less is not acceptable. We recommend that citizens vote for Neil Tibbott to fill this role.
(Mayor 1992-96, Council 1981-91)
(Mayor 2000-2010, Council 1996-2000,)
(Mayor 1984-1992, Council 1978-1984)
And going after my wife? Are we now attacking my family as well? Is this what Edmonds elections are coming to? The citizens of this city deserve better.
My opponent’s supporters want to distract from the real issues here in Edmonds, and my extensive track record as a council member advocating for greater transparency and budget accountability, increased spending on public safety, greater environmental protection, and meaningful reductions in the threats of gun violence.
While I could spend time listing my many endorsements from current elected officials (like Senator Maria Cantwell, State Representative Strom Peterson, or County Prosecutor Adam Cornell), I understand that what voters really want to know is what are we going to do for our city? As Mayor, I will work every day to keep our city safe, healthy, and livable. I will work to create new small business incentives, robust neighborhood engagement, new open space protections and park expansions, revitalize Highway 99, reduce utility taxes for our seniors and disabled residents, expand walkability, increase pedestrian safety, and have a permanent location for a year round outdoor market.
Let’s talk about how we are going to move Edmonds forward, not backwards. I am asking my opponent to disavow any connection to these lies and corrosive campaigning, and demand that all of his supporters do the same.