Tibbott concedes mayor’s race; Nelson says he’s forming transition team

Mike Nelson
Neil Tibbott

Asking Edmonds voters to find “common themes and dreams that serve our city,” Edmonds City Councilmember Neil Tibbott on Tuesday conceded the mayor’s race to opponent Mike Nelson.

Nelson said he will be working in coming weeks to put together a transition team that will “provide input on goals and priorities for our administration. These include a focus on improving civic engagement, public safety, economic development, and environmental protections, he said.

“It is now time to transition from campaigning to governing,” Nelson added.

Nelson said he is “very grateful for the support of our positive, inclusive campaign. I appreciate the hard fought campaign Neil ran. I wish him and his family the very best.”

Tibbott offered best wishes to Nelson and also to the new councilmembers taking office in January. While ballots are still being counted and the election won’t be certified until Nov. 26, it appears that Historic Preservation Chair Laura Johnson will be taking over the position 7  city council seat that Tibbott gave up to run for mayor.

“I spent a lot of time during the campaign talking about a principle that I hold most dear and that is the power of collaboration,” Tibbott said in his emailed concession statement. “We are better together. Our values in Edmonds run deep and transcend any single administration. We must commit ourselves to finding the common themes and dreams that serve our city.

“We owe it to Mike Nelson and those who voted for him to give him a chance to lead and to collaborate on decisions that will create a future Edmonds,” Tibbott continued. “As citizens we must each do our part to help advance those issues that represent our hope for the future.””I want to thank my supporters who gave so much to get my message out,” Tibbott concluded. “We all made new friends and cemented enduring relationships that will last a lifetime. I am humbled by the voters who cast their vote for me. You will not be forgotten.”

City of Edmonds election results Nov. 12, 2019

City of Edmonds Mayor

Mike Nelson 8616 52.92%

Neil Tibbott 7608 46.73%

Write-in 57 0.35%

Total 16281 100.00%

City of Edmonds Council Position 4

Jenna Nand 5818 38.49%

Diane Buckshnis 9231 61.06%

Write-in 68 0.45%

Total 15117 100.00%

City of Edmonds Council Position 5

Alicia Crank 6700 43.57%

Vivian Olson 8644 56.21%

Write-in 35 0.23%

Total 15379 100.00%

City of Edmonds Council Position 6 

Susan Paine 8425 55.24%

Diana White 6777 44.44%

Write-in 49 0.32%

Total 15251 100.00%

City of Edmonds Council Position 7 

Nathan Monroe 6921 45.26%

Laura Johnson 8341 54.55%

Write-in 29 0.19

Total 15291 100.00%


      1. Carl, SEIU is a big Union and Edmonds hires them. Say there’s a competitive bid between SEIU and another union. The new mayor’s obvious and “un-legal” conflict of interest (see City Ordinance 3689) could instigate a lawsuit against the City by a Union that either lost a contract or were given advantage. Conflict of Interest is about perception. Mike has practically hid that he is a lobbyist and was fined by the state AG for under the table money. He never openly recused himself on the City Council even. Which master he serves should be said explicitly. Our new sister city is Chicago.

  1. A spirited campaign by both Mike and Neil. I am encouraged by Neil’s comments and best wishes to Mike going forward.

    Congratulations Mayor Nelson!

    I look forward to new leadership and vision with Mike at the helm. With changes at the council level, collaboration will be key to the success of our new government. In addition, a heartfelt ccngratulations to all of the new members of the Edmonds City Council – Vivian Olson, Susan Paine, and our neighbor Laura Johnson.

    You are the new stewards of our great city by the sea.

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