Letter to the editor: Jenna Nand would be an independent voice on the city council


I’m writing to recommend that Jenna Nand be appointed to the upcoming open seat on Edmonds City Council.

Jenna ran a clean campaign. Unlike many other candidates, Jenna never resorted to asking her supporters to bash her opponent, by sending in negative letters or any other method.

Instead, Jenna chose to focus on ideas better serving the interests of the Edmonds residents. She advocated for lowering property taxes, as well as implementing a business incubator.

Candidates in this election could be categorized in two groups: the progressives and the nonpartisans. While Jenna was asked to align with one group or the other, she ultimately decided to remain open and civil to both sides. Both her words and her actions were directed with the goal of embracing bipartisanship.

When the new council is sworn in, we hope to have an able and collaborative group, one that can prioritize the well being of the city of Edmonds — without letting ego or past resentments interfere in collaboration. No one demonstrated this ideal better than Jenna, who refused to engage in negative campaigning against her opponent, Diane Buckshnis. She would even look forward to working with Ms. Buckshnis, without personal animosity getting in the way of their professional relationship.

As the election has come to an end, the business of governing should take precedence. As a business attorney, a college professor and a longtime resident of our community, Jenna Nand has both the qualifications and character that puts the best interest of Edmonds in heart.

Ultimately, Jenna has always been committed to putting people before politics, and would act as the independent voice we need to bring the two competing factions together.

Please join me in encouraging our new council to appoint Jenna Nand to fill Mike Nelson’s vacant council seat,

Grace Jiang

  1. Dear Grace Jiang. I am certain you may have wanted to help your candidate. It took only one sentance and then you started being negative, that is when your letter did more harm than good.

    1. Grace is my 17 year old supporter, so I feel compelled to defend her. She in no way disparaged another candidate. Grace merely was referring to the spate of negative letters that came out during the campaign. I deliberately chose not to ask my supporters to send those into the media.

      Grace’s letter certainly hasn’t done “more harm than good” to my prospects for being appointed to council. That’s a ridiculous claim.

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