We recommend the appointment of Will Chen to the vacancy on the Council because he is not just an ordinary concerned citizen. Mr. Chen has lived in Edmonds for 10 years and operates a successful business here these past five years. He has personal motivations for Edmonds to prosper as well as concern for the rest of the residents. Will is excited to help this city he loves and his neighbors to give them even deeper roots and civic pride.
One of Will’s passions for Edmonds is the area along State Route 99 which really needs fresh direction to present us to passing traffic and better serve the public.
Most of us use the highway often and those passing through get the same impression we do that development in many areas along it is lagging behind. We all love our beautiful Bowl, downtown and the waterfront, but this area at the top of the hill really needs to catch up to be a presentable gateway to Edmonds.
We also have lived in Edmonds for years and know of many people struggling to keep their homes on limited incomes and are challenged using city services by transportation and language. There is a great opportunity for Edmonds here along the whole length of highway 99 to work on higher density development of mixed-use commercial and multi-family housing among other improvements. Those with transportation or mobility difficulty as well as those who want to reduce their carbon emissions conveniently should be included in the vision for Edmonds’ development as the population increases.
We believe Will Chen is an excellent candidate to serve on the City Council with his understanding of the issues of living and working in Edmonds and has good relationships with so many residents who are concerned with these issues. When I talk to Will, he listens to understand my views and always considers wide perspectives as he strives for complete solutions.
We fervently endorse Will Chen for appointment to the open position on Edmonds City Council.
Kurt & Helen Frenter
13-year residents of Edmonds