Edmonds City Council primary election candidate debate planned for ECA July 14


Want to learn more about the candidates running in the Aug. 3, 2021 primary election for Edmonds City Council? My Edmonds News is planning an in-person and live-streamed debate Wednesday, July 14 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

This debate, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., will be for those running for Council Positions 1 and 2 — both of which have three or more candidates on the primary ballot. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 2 general election.

The debate moderator will be My Edmonds News Publisher Teresa Wippel. The event is being sponsored in collaboration with several Edmonds civic organizations: the Alliance of Citizens for Edmonds (ACE), the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the Edmonds Civic Roundtable and the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition (ENAC).

Representatives of those groups have agreed to submit their top three questions for the primary election candidates, which will be used as a starting point in creating a list of debate questions. My Edmonds News readers are also invited to submit their top three questions here. 

Immediately prior to the 7 p.m. debate, an informal meet-and-greet event — where primary election candidates can meet one-on-one with voters — is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) lobby.

“All of these plans are subject to Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement of reopening the state on June 30 or sooner, and related capacity restrictions, which still not firm at this time,” Publisher Teresa Wippel said. “But assuming that occurs and we are at least operating in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening guidance, the ECA can accommodate us.”

If for some reason restrictions are not lifted, the event will be live-streamed only, Wippel said. More details will be provided on capacity limits after the governor has made his announcement.

Candidates who have confirmed so far for the July 14 debate are:

Position 1: Alicia Crank. Candidates Kristiana Johnson and Brian Hartman have not yet replied.

Position 2: Janelle Cass, Will Chen, Luke Distelhorst and Lora Petso.

  1. “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.”

    ― Mark Twain (Author)

  2. If I wanted to learn more about each candidate and their platform, is there already a resource with links to all of their campaign pages? I tried googling 2 candidates so far and can’t find anything on my own so I’m wondering if you’ve already found them all, perhaps? I swear I tried on my own before asking!

  3. All the best with all the candidates! May the Best qualified candidates who genuinely want to serve the people of Edmonds for the Common Good without selfish hidden agendas win!

  4. I’m concerned about why the Edmonds Roundtable group has candidate pages up on their website without the details added, specifically for Alicia Crank who has not been contact by the Roundtable at all so she reached out to them to provide answers but has not gotten a response yet. Alicia’s page on the Edmonds Roundtable website is filled with Lorem ipsum/placeholder text while her challenger’s page is tidy (yet also empty). If they are truly interested in being a part of this process, they need to reach out to these candidates to get these pages populated or TAKE THEM OFFLINE, or consider removing themselves as a sponsor of this event to preserve the integrity of the event?



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