Names of 17 candidates who have filed for open Edmonds City Council seat

Edmonds City Council President Vivian Olson just released the names of the 17 candidates who have applied to fill the Position 1 Edmonds City Council seat left vacant following the death of Councilmember Kristiana Johnson July 18.

The full applications for each candidate will be included in the Friday city council agenda packet, but applicants include former Edmonds City Councilmembers Dave Teitzel and Lora Petso, Edmonds Planning Board Member Roger Pence, former Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission Member James Ogonowski, former Edmonds Diversity Commission Member Maria Montolvo, former Edmonds City Council candidate Jenna Nand, Alliance of Citizens for Edmonds President Michelle Dotsch and Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Board Chair (and Salish Sea Brewing owner) Erika Barnett.

Here is the full list, in order provided:

Bob Cram

Lora Petso

Susanna Law Martini

Dave Teitzel

James Ogonowski

Roger Pence

Maria Montalvo

Natalie Seitz

Eric Dubbury

Jeremy Mitchell

Pete Spear

Lisa Sawyer

Jenna Nand

Elizabeth Fleming

Michelle Dotsch

Erika Barnett

Lauren Golembiewski

The appointed Position 1 term will expire after results of the November 2023 general election have been certified. As a result, the person who will be appointed is eligible — but not required — to campaign for election to maintain their seat.

Interviews are expected to be conducted later this month, with the council voting on the appointment in early September.


    1. Just like last time Doug! Thanks to you and all of those candidates (and all of these candidates) for loving Edmonds and wanting to serve our community.

      1. Very nicely said, Vivian. I agree with all of these words you wrote. It is a sacrifice I think to serve on the CC. It takes a lot of time and a lot of criticism, and a strong backbone to handle it I believe. I thank you all for your hard work and dedication and I wish much luck to all of out new candidates. Deb.

  1. So happy to see so many people on the list with a history of independent and non-partisan thinking. That’s really a good omen for better government in Edmonds.

    1. I totally agree with you Clint. It will make Edmonds a more peaceful and productive place. I really think this is true. I wish luck to all. It was tough last vote I really did go back and forth a lot on which one which one… So for the council and all they have to weigh it is I expect quite overwhelming. Deb

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