It is disconcerting that Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas “liked” an op-ed posted on My Edmonds News Facebook page on Dec. 30, 2019, promoting Alicia Crank to fill the open council seat prior to the interviews that will be used to select a person to that seat.
Applications for the open seat were not even due until the evening of Dec. 31, 2019. Note the date. She “liked” the candidate before all applications had to be submitted. If one is pushing for support for a particular applicant before any interviews, then how is that any different than the “business as usual” administration you sought to defeat? How then can it be a fair and impartial process?
In a small community such as Edmonds, it is understandable that there are friendships, biases and political causes, but is it too much to hope that the process with the council and new mayor will give all the applicants a “fair shake”? Will the sitting council and mayor have the integrity to interview and assess fairly all of the candidates equally?
There is talk that Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas will be adding her name for a second term as council president. There is precedent for a rotating president on council, as is common practice in all other boards and commissions in Edmonds. This brings a fresh face and new perspective every year.
The main goal of Tuesday night’s city council meeting is to pick a new council president for 2020. Council is encouraged to elect, following precedent, a new president. Normally, the council president pro tem is elected as the next president, which in 2019 was Councilmember Diane Buckshnis. She is highly qualified and received the most votes of any candidate in this last election by far. Edmonds would be well-served with her leadership.