Letter to the editor: City council candidate Janelle Cass has the skills for the job


“In the midst of chaos, finally a voice of reason with credentials. Someone who knows and cares about the Environment and our citizens.”

Our city faces significant policy and investment decisions regarding infrastructure and land use that will have an indelible impact to our environment and the way we live. We as citizens have a unique opportunity to elect Janelle Cass, who has the professional qualifications and track record of thoroughly evaluating the environmental and economic impacts of government projects; someone with expertise in environmental law and community engagement.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1970 requires all federal agencies to prepare Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) whenever the government significantly expands its activities or infrastructure. The NEPA process involves balancing the interests of various constituencies that have a stake in the proposed project. If the NEPA process is not professionally conducted in accordance with stringent standards of evaluation and evidence, the federal courts will stop the project. Janelle Cass is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in civil & environmental engineering and served as an environmental engineer in the Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration. Janelle has extensive experience with the NEPA process, meaning that she knows how to professionally interact with various and diverse constituencies in an endeavor to build consensus that will withstand legal scrutiny.

These skills are precisely what is needed by Edmonds as we confront issues involving housing, stormwater retention and drainage, our water system, minimizing carbon emissions, bike lanes and many other complex issues affecting our quality of life.

Andrew Morgan

  1. I have read through Janelle’s website, and agree that she is an excellent candidate for City Council.

  2. I totally agree with the assessment of Janelle Cass. In particular, I appreciate her having a much needed “voice of reason with credentials.”

  3. I wonder how often NEPA will come into play as a member of a small city council?
    NEPA is supposed to insure public transparency and a public comments process when the Federal Government is planning a large infrastructure project.
    I wonder how many large Federal Government projects are being planned around Edmonds ?
    And I wonder how useful NEPA would be since the Trump administration financially gutted it in 2020 ?
    Just wondering .
    Thank you.

  4. I will add my endorsement with Robert and Ron. I too, looked at her website and agree Janelle has both the experience and credentials to be an effective Coincil member.

  5. I recommend her as well. I have known her since she opened her business on fifth Avenue. She would make Outstanding member on the council. She is a very smart well-rounded, honest I am professional person. I think she will help to stop the division that’s in the council and definitely doing a better job with the mayor

  6. Janelle will bring the type of leadership we need on our council. She is not someone who will play politics with the hot topic of the day to create division among the people who live here.

    We need leaders who can run a city and make sure we protect it and keep it safe. Someone who is non-partisan and collaborative, who listens to the citizens and especially the small business owners (obviously the council did not listen to them about walkable main street). Someone willing to do the dirty work that no one wants to do because it doesn’t make headlines, but it’s the work that keeps our community desirable and a place we can all be proud of. Someone who puts common sense over politics. Who knows what it is like to serve others.
    Someone who is a doer and not a talker. That is why Janelle is a no brainer for me and I will support her!!!!

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