Edmonds City Councilmember Luke Distelhorst announces campaign to retain Position 2

Luke Distelhorst

Edmonds City Councilmember Luke Distelhorst on Wednesday announced his campaign to retain his Position 2 seat, to which he was appointed in January 2020.

“When my council position began I could not ever have imagined how quickly our world would change,” he said. “Responding to the pandemic and keeping Edmonds residents safe and healthy became my primary focus. My heart goes out to the families, friends and neighbors who have lost loved ones, jobs, and are experiencing overwhelming hardship due to COVID-19.”

In response to the emergency, Distelhorst noted he authored a residential eviction moratorium and the Housing and Relief Program that eventually distributed $580,000 to Edmonds residents. Representing the council on the city’s Recovery Task Force kept Distelhorst involved in tackling community health and safety issues and navigating how to best support the unique small businesses located throughout Edmonds.

Distelhorst is facing election after he was appointed last year to fill out the remainder of Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson’s council term. Three of the council’s seven seats — Positions 1, 2 and 3 — are up for election this year. Kristiana Johnson, who holds Position 1, is a retired transportation planner who has been on the council since 2012. Position 3 is held by three-term Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, a retired state government manager who was first elected to the council in 2009.

Distelhorst joins three other candidates who have also announced their intent to run for the council during the 2021 election. They include Edmonds business owner Will Chen and former City Councilmember Neil Tibbott, who have not yet decided which positions they will run for, and Edmonds Planning Board member Alicia Crank, who will seek Position 1.

Among his other accomplishments during his year on the council, Distelhorst pointed to efforts — along with Councilmember Susan Paine — to pass a new city policy “to address legal inequities connected to driving-related offenses and allow justice resources to focus on issues of more pressing public safety.” Last fall, Distelhorst led a group of city and community partners to produce online events and advocacy work around mental health and suicide prevention for residents of all ages.

“These are the policies and actions I want to continue serving on council for: to support the wellbeing of all Edmonds residents and to ensure that we are creating equitable opportunities for our residents to live, work and play in this wonderful city,” added Distelhorst.

Speaking to his ongoing work on the council, Distelhorst cited as a central aim the need to include all Edmonds neighborhoods in the city’s processes. He has also been working on a project to adopt voluntary targets for the city’s inclusion of underutilized or disadvantaged business groups, similar to Washington State guidelines.

“I know that Edmonds residents care deeply for each other, and our community,” he said. “Our community values for a just and equitable city must be strengthened and spread as economic development and residential growth continues to transform the city.”

This year, Distelhorst is serving as the council liaison to the Edmonds Diversity Commission, where he said intends “to be a resource for and amplify those voices who traditionally have not had a voice in their city government.”

“We are embarking on major investments along the Highway 99 corridor, and there are real opportunities to address past systemic injustices and to create new opportunities and provide community resources that are accessible to all of our residents,” he added.

Distelhorst also represents the council on the Alliance for Housing Affordability, Snohomish County Tomorrow and the Edmonds Housing Commission — all of which have provided first-hand insight into the challenges facing Edmonds and neighboring cities due to sustained growth, he said.

“I am committed to working with our community to provide more types, sizes, and price points for housing,” he said. “Aging in place, welcoming new families, and ensuring that our first responders, teachers, and essential workers have options to live near where they work is good for our economy, our environment, and our city’s resiliency.”

Among the elected officials who have endorsed Distelhorst’s campaign are State Reps. Cindy Ryu and Lauren Davis; State Sen. Marko Liias; Snohomish County Councilmembers Stephanie Wright, Jared Mead and Megan Dunn; Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Greggerson; Edmonds City Councilmembers Susan Paine and Laura Johnson and Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson.

Distelhorst’s professional background includes more than 14 years of experience in outreach and communications work, in both private and public sector positions. He currently does community outreach and engagement work for Community Transit and is the board president of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. He also served three years as president of the Friends of the Edmonds Library and two years with the Edmonds Young Professionals group of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on Distelhorst’s campaign, visit LukeForEdmonds.com

21 Replies to “Edmonds City Councilmember Luke Distelhorst announces campaign to retain Position 2”

  1. It’s now legal to drive with a suspended drivers license but illegal to cut down a tree, let’s all let that sink in.

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  2. A city council member who voted with Mike Nelson for the Police Chief’s position & then works for Community Transit as a Public Information Specialist. No Thanks!!

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  3. Getting an endorsement from the Mayor of Mukilteo is not what I would be promoting Luke. Mayor Jennifer Greggerson has run the town of Mukilteo into the ground.

    A once beautiful community that I lived in for 15 years before moving here, is a complete wasteland for the drug addicted/meth heads who live in the woods and beg for money on high traffic street corners (QFC & Safeway). Take a drive down the speedway from Beverly Park Road to 84th St SW and you will see them walking the streets and coming out of the woods daily.

    The beautiful Library Trail that I used to run my dog on now has tent encampments where people are defecating in the woods. One of my wife’s elderly clients was attacked at gun point on a walk in a well known neighborhood by one of these drug addicts looking for drug money. Some of these drug addicted kids are stealing packages from neighbors doorsteps of which I was a victim of. The medians dividing the Mukilteo Speedway are uncared for, grass is not cut in common areas and there are no more flower baskets around town. Not to mention, half the events families look forward to each summer are nowhere to be found (lighthouse festival and the market, etc). I think there are literally 4 cannibas stores in Mukilteo within a 3 stop light section of the speedway. Ever since Mayor Marine left, you could see the downhill slide. Is that what we want for Edmonds? Be careful or it may be right around the corner if we keep electing people like this.

    We need to have higher standards.

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    1. MOST of these comments about Mukilteo are false or misrepresentation of facts and timelines related to Mayor Gregerson. I could spend the time to address them one at a time but that is not relevant to this LOE. I do, however, encourage anyone who is interested in these points to verify them before assuming they are true and spreading more misinformation.

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      1. My statements are not false and I am not sure why you would question them. I have first hand knowledge of the events I describe….

        I just moved from there 2 years ago after living there for 16 years and I still own a property there and my in laws have lived there for 35 years. I go there almost 3 times a week. Most of the activities I describe started about 5 years ago. Mayor Greggerson was elected 7+ years ago. The timeline and events are 100% accurate.

        There are always people begging in front of the Harbor Pointe QFC. There is one drug addict in particular that walks down the speedway every day. Sometimes he has barley any clothes on or is covered in mud. In our neighborhood one of the drug addicts robbed at gun point two elderly ladies taking a walk. He pulled the gun out and fired it but he was so high that the bullet hit the ground. By 84th St SW the abandoned little white house near the child care center was set on fire by people living in it. People were squatting in the Smugglers Cove Mansion and using it as a drug den. The grass in the Spring and Summer in font of Walgreens is consistently knee high and only is taken care of a few times a year. Take a drive down the speedway and you will see the lack of maintenance in the medians. There are people living in the woods on the library trail area and near 84th St. I have seen them. There are 3 cannibas stores and one vape store within a 1 block area of the Harbor Pointe Shopping area.

        I do have one correction to make. They are planning the Lighthouse Festival for 2021 so that would be the only false statement I made.

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    2. Well said my good citizen. Edmonds is quickly becoming another liberal s hole. And it’s started with Mike and Luke. Wake up Edmonds!

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  4. Luke Distelhorst voted with Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Mayor Nelson to install a police chief based on ethnicity rather than capability. Mr. Distelhorst endorses and promotes lawlessness – it is now legal to drive in Edmonds with a suspended license. Luke Distelhorst does not have the interests of Edmonds residents near to his heart; instead, he seeks to advance the same type of capricious law enforcement and race-based policies seen in Seattle and other failed cities. Were his policies fully implemented we could look forward to stepping over needles and tents in our lovely parks, to daily assaults, and to the loss of what makes Edmonds such a wonderful place to live: safety, lawful behavior, and beautiful public spaces.

    Luke Distelhorst should resign, as should Mr. Nelson and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas. Step aside and let competent people lead Edmonds into the future.

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      1. Well, you now can get caught by the Police driving without a valid license up to ten times and no consequences. Is that better?

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        1. Thanks for the link. It makes my case.
          “According to the city, there will be exceptions to this order if the driver has had any of the following:
          Ten or more prior DWLS convictions”

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        1. Nick, I do not yet know who I am going to vote for because all of the candidates are not declared yet. I will probably make my choice after they hold debates. I’m less tied to specific people and more tied to specific policy issues and priorities.

          I have concerns about every single current council member right now, and the mayor. My hope is that we get stronger candidates all around because I’m not super impressed so far. I also hope we get lots of options to choose from for every position. I had assumed we would see more options now that so many people are more engaged in local policy making processes, but I worry that the reports of threats and stalking of council members may discourage stronger candidates from coming forward. Have you already decided how you will vote?

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        2. I actually find Christine to be a welcome voice – we do not always agree – but we do agree there is common ground – and it is nice to see new voices on this forum! The more people I talk too, the more I see perspective – and again, Christine has a unique perspective (as do I) and I like it! She has always been mindful and respectful – and seeks dialogue!

          On the Luke D thing – I have not made my mind up either, I do not agree with half of his recommendations for tax increases (SnoCo .1% tax increase) or some of the housing initiatives, but you can certainly tell he is well thought and passionate about his ideas. They are usually presented with a large degree of facts and sometimes a bit of editorial.

          On the best part – Luke D moves the damn council meetings along. Whether I agree with his positions or not, or how he voted for the Chief, at least he believes in decorum, being prepared, and moving the damn meetings along.

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        3. Luke is a really guy too. Personally is a really sincere and kind person. His politics are completely Seattle-derivative.

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        4. Luke confirmed a Police chief candidate with knowledge that there were domestic violence issues, and that decision was solely based on race, not experience. He has again and again backed an Mayor mired in ethical problems. For some that’s a mark of a really sincere and kind person, for me I’ll past…

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  5. Whatever happened to if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?! These Wanna be progressive politicians are actively looking for ways to push a one sided agenda. Edmonds is fine. Stop making it into another s hole seattle.

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  6. The official filing deadline to run for City Council isn’t until May 21st. How can anybody endorse somebody before one knows all the candidates running for that office? Have the following elected officials already decided that there is no possibility that somebody more worthy of their endorsement could file for Position 2? What are Paine, Johnson and Nelson thinking?:
    Among the elected officials who have endorsed Distelhorst’s campaign are State Reps. Cindy Ryu and Lauren Davis; State Sen. Marko Liias; Snohomish County Councilmembers Stephanie Wright, Jared Mead and Megan Dunn; Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Greggerson; Edmonds City Councilmembers Susan Paine and Laura Johnson and Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson.
    I also can’t imagine asking for an endorsement prior to the entire field being known. These are non partisan positions.

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  7. I would like to see a story on how one third of municipal court cases are DWLS 3? How is that even possible? Maybe someone could ask Luke and the other supporters?

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