Letter to the editor: Time to elect ‘real non-partisan candidates’

Editor:

Is the Edmonds City Council non-partisan?

The answer at present is no! And yet city councils are set up by state law to be non-partisan. Edmonds City Council has not functioned in the past year as a non-partisan body as evidenced by the four person voting block (some people call it “The Wall”), which has prevented responsible give-and-take discussions, and rational decisions being made regarding important issues that affect the welfare of the City of Edmonds. We need council persons who love this city, whose first priority is the welfare of the city of Edmonds, and are not influenced by outside sources — of any sort — whether political, financial, or otherwise.

I have been an Edmonds resident since the 1960s, a close observer of the political scene since the 1970s, and an active participant and supporter of the arts and other community activities in Edmonds. It’s time to “Tear Down The Wall” and elect the real non-partisan candidates: Kristiana Johnson, Janelle Cass and Neil Tibbott.

JoAnne Nelson
Edmonds

12 Replies to “Letter to the editor: Time to elect ‘real non-partisan candidates’”

  1. We received a political mailer with those three candidates names together…Tibbott, Cass and Johnson, as if they are running together as a slate or as if they are from the same political party. I also noted that the street signs for Tibbott, Cass and Johnson are grouped together around town. These three candidates seem to be Caucasian. Their opponents seem to be from different “minority” groups. What is going on here? This approach has created the impression that the “white” candidates are banding together against the person of color, Latina and Asian. I thought we were voting for candidates individually. I haven’t decided who I am going to vote for yet but I found this approach striking.

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    1. If you look hard enough you can find faces in clouds, mountains, shrubbery. That doesn’t mean that there are faces in those things, though. Pattern recognition is wonderful but can be a bug sometimes, too.

      Why is it necessary to consider only a person’s race? Why not consider their motivations, their ideology, their history? An alternative and much less race-focused explanation for Tibbot, Cass and Johnson being grouped together is that they may properly be seen as different in these metrics from their competitors. Why make it about race? Are Tibbot, Cass and Johnson’s competitors only to be evaluated on the basis of their skin color as well?

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    2. Susan this is not about race. This is about a person’s character and their abilities. If you continue to look through the lens of racism truth will always evade you.

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    3. Susan, I think if you do some research you’ll come to understand why people are supporting the candidates you named and find that it has nothing to do with skin color. In fact, some support Tibbott, Chen and Johnson. But one thing I’m missing, who is Latina?

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  2. How many city council votes in the last 2 years have had a 4-3 result? What assurances do you have that your voting recommendation is not another “wall” just aligned with your vision which may also be considered “partisan”? How did the “state” set up city councils to be “non-partisan” or did they just not force the primaries into having only one candidate from a particular party affiliation?

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  3. Anybody else think it’s time to go to representation by District, Strong Council, Weak Mayor, City Manager type government? Sure don’t see or hear of all these problems and personality conflicts we have from places like Mountlake Terrace and Shoreline. Shoreline actually takes a poll on a regular basis, asking citizens to rate how the city management is doing and the results tend to run around 75 to 80% favorable which is pretty high. Personally, I just don’t see anything short of this approach fixing whatever is wrong with how Edmonds is doing things. Our current elections just devolve into personality contests, similar to what we did in Junior High School student government – the Jocks vs. the Nerds so to speak (the Jocks usually won).

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  4. As a past business owner, I agree Edmonds has not been voting as the constituents in Edmonds want. I also agree That Tibbot and K. Johnson would be excellent choices. I do not know Cass. RE: Susan F. Many times like minded people run signs together for the very simple reason…it’s Cheaper. Who cares if they are white, black, and any other color.?? To me ,living in Edmonds for years, is assuming Edmonds is racist.. rediculous.. That statement tells me you don’t know Edmonds..

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    1. What if those three represent my best interest even know we disagree on a lot of things. I just disagre with the other 3 more. Sometimes you can’t win for losing.

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  5. All three of these candidates…Tibbott, Cass and Johnson, are endorsed by the Snohomish County Republican Party. Look up its website, and go to the sample ballot to see for yourself. The website links to recommended news sources including Breitbart, Parler, and Gab and calls itself The America First Party. I find it interesting that we keep seeing letters to the editor claiming these three candidates are non-partisan. Yet, they behave as if they are running together as a slate, dropping off political flyers asking us to vote for them together. I wish our local politics were really non-partisan.

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  6. I haven’t looked it up..but maybe the Republican Party likes some of their views? And do not like the left leaning views…does that make them Republican? I’m confused. Many people who run for a position in Edmonds have different ideas. Some may be Republican and some may be Democrat. Susan, you sound very angry about so many things when you are the various strings. Usually what happens for anyone, is you pick the candidates that you most agree with. I would hate to think they ONLY a vote the party. I have voted many times for both sides.

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