I originally sent this letter to support Alicia Crank during the election. Everything I wrote applies to her submission for the open city council seat. Many people support adding diversity to the council. I totally agree. Alicia is the most qualified for the position and meets the need for diversity.
Alicia Crank is the most qualified candidate for city council because of her demonstrated ability to lead. When she arrived in Edmonds over five years ago, she immediately got involved with the local community. This was nothing new for her. In the Bay Area, Alicia had participated in an equal number of activities.
In Mountain View, Alicia was the Director for Leadership Mountain View (a program very similar to Leadership Snohomish County) for six years. In the online newspaper (patch.com/California/mountainview/leadership-mountain-view-director-steps-down), they wrote “Alicia‘s guidance and direction took the leadership program to a new level of awareness and physical sustainability. Alicia‘s talents, expertise and extraordinary energy will be missed in the community. She could always be seen around town making connections and sharing her knowledge.”
This is exactly what she has brought to Edmonds, starting with her appointment to the Sister City Commission. She also served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, the Senior Center and the Noon Rotary Club. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Snohomish County Airport Commission. I first realized her talent while watching her on the Planning Board. Alicia always arrives completely prepared for the meeting. The questions she asks are always on point and clarifying.
I participated in the International Women’s Day event that started as an opportunity for a few girls to attend a screening of the Captain Marvel movie and attend a panel with women in the community offering advice about the future. This began as a small event for about 100 girls with local women sponsoring. Eventually this became an event that included a networking luncheon for Edmonds working women and a screening for about 400 kids. Most importantly she had managed to get sponsorship from the Seattle Storm, Alaska Airlines and Swedish Medical Center, among other companies.
Alicia’s corporate connections enable her to draw on a large resource pool. She also has a large contingent of local people who are only too happy to follow her into the fray. Alicia left a career in corporate banking to pursue her passion for community involvement.
As a woman of color and a two-time cancer survivor, she has faced obstacles. Alicia doesn’t make excuses. She just keeps moving forward in a quest to improve the community. These qualities make Alicia the best candidate for the open position on Edmonds City Council. Most of all, Alicia is fearless.