It’s a go for in-person Edmonds City Council candidates debate July 14 at ECA

Candidates, clockwise from upper left: Janelle Cass, Pos. 2,;Will Chen, Pos. 2; Alicia Crank, Pos 1; Lora Petso, Pos. 2; Kristiana Johnson, Pos. 1 and Luke Distelhorst, Pos. 2. (No photo available for Brian Hartman, Pos. 1)

Here’s your chance to learn more about the candidates running in the Aug. 3, 2021 primary election for Edmonds City Council. With the recent lifting of many pandemic-related restrictions, My Edmonds News has confirmed with the Edmonds Center for the Arts that we can have an in-person candidate debate on Wednesday, July 14 at ECA. Plans also call for the debate to be video recorded.

Please note that we’ve changed up the order of the event. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the debate beginning at  6 p.m. Immediately following the debate, an informal meet-and-greet event — where primary election candidates can meet one-on-one with voters — will be held in the ECA lobby.

According to ECA policy, masks are not required for fully vaccinated people attending the event, but are strongly encouraged. The ECA will also have the bar and concessions open for those who would like to enjoy those, and they can be taken into the auditorium.

The debate will go in order of council positions on the primary ballot — Position 1 candidates followed by those running for Position 2. To be fair to all candidates, we will sequester those running for Position 2 so they can’t hear the questions in advance.

Both Positions 1 and 2 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 free 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. 

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

Position 1: Alicia Crank and Kristiana Johnson. Candidate Brian Hartman has not yet replied.

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

  1. YAY !
    Thank you MEN , Teresa, ECA, local civic organizations , all the candidates and all the Edmonds voters !
    Democracy in action!
    How fun to be able to do it in peson !
    I hope the event is well attended; thanks for taping it and making it available.
    Please, everyone, vote for the candidates of your choice.
    I hope everyone realizes how fortunate we are.
    Voting rights have been hard fought for.
    Voting rights continually need to be fought for.
    Please exercise your voting rights, it is the bedrock of democracy.
    Thank you everyone.

  2. Who and what positions are the other ones identities and what position please. Thanks. Who is not in this picture is my question. I confused myself on that one. I want all the names and all the positions filled and or vacated. Not present ?? We can’t decide without knowing every detail now. I have a pretty good idea which way I’m rolling but not completely and nothing is for sure. That’s for sure. If Bryan can’t reply well not a good start Bry.

    1. The caption notes that there is no photo for Brian Hartman. He has not responded to any notifications of this event so far.

  3. Well sorry but hes had time so its now the 7th less than a month away from voting time. I know nothing about him, nothing about his want or platform or what he looks like so I think that pretty much tells me what I need to know about the mysterious man… Good bye what was your name again? Hum

    1. We will be live-streaming it via YouTube. We will post the link on My Edmonds News before the debate begins July 14.

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