Vivian Olson announces Edmonds City Council reelection campaign

Vivian Olson

Edmonds City Councilmember Vivian Olson has announced her campaign for reelection to the Position 5 seat she’s held since her election in 2019.

Reusing her 2019 campaign slogan, “Finding Solutions Together,” Olson said she will continue her commitment to engage with and represent residents. While Edmonds City Hall was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and council meetings were on Zoom only, Olson noted that she hosted open-air budget town halls in five neighborhoods.

Among her accomplishments, she pointed to work “to expand the role of council and residents volunteering on boards and commissions through multiple code amendments and proposing a new councilmember zone liaison role.”

She served as city council president in 2022 and currently holds the position of council president pro tem.

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Olson has a masters in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She was a government contracting officer while on active duty. She serves as a swim coach, and also has been a board member of the Edmonds Citizens Tree Board, Friends of the Edmonds Library, and Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

She said she became better acquainted with the region and Edmonds’ community partners as a member of the 2021-2022 class of Leadership Snohomish County

In her reelection announcement, Olson pledged to continue her focus on the following:
-Representing all residents of Edmonds.
-Protecting the environment.
-Stewarding tax dollars (to include protecting and expanding Edmonds’ business community and their contribution to city revenues).
-Keeping Edmonds safe.

To learn more, visit her website at

  1. Vivian has supported my efforts to reduce speeding on 84th Avenue W and our Gateway neighborhood’s efforts to provide similar services as those enjoyed by residents of the bowl. I fully support her reelection.

  2. Very happy to hear Vivian is running for re-election. Her calm, thoughtful and inclusive approach to problem solving with city issues is greatly appreciated. She has been a welcomed presence on a previously divisive city council.
    She has my vote.

  3. We are fortunate to have Vivian Olson’s willingness to be involved in our city government. She is truly interested in preserving small-town Edmonds, as well as being open to finding new solutions to the problems we face. She listens to citizens, and is supportive of their concerns. As a councilmember, she is cooperative, kind, and trustworthy. We can be proud she represents Edmonds.
    I strongly support her re-election!
    Fifty-year resident and local author, Trudy K. Dana

  4. I am so glad Vivian is running for re-election. She has been an independent thinker, researched issues and asked some hard questions. She has responded to my inquiries in a timely and positive manner.

  5. Vivian now has a demonstrated history of actually going out in the public; searching for the grassroots perspective on some of the most controversial issues we have faced as a community during her term on Council. She was instrumental in saving us from at least two really questionable initiatives put forth by our current executive branch. With the government system we have, that highly favors executive power and initiative in so many areas; it is absolutely essential we keep independent minded activist legislators like Vivian on our Council. She’s not afraid to make waves, when waves need to be made; she deserves to be re-elected and we just flat out need her back.

  6. Vivian Olson has been a great addition to the Edmonds City Council and I support her reelection. She is also a friend and member of my book club. I have been impressed with her dedication to the issues that face Edmonds citizens. Her investigation in the police chief selection was an example of her intention to do the right thing for Edmonds.
    Vivian worked hard to improve team dynamics on the council as a spectator to witness. I look forward her next term on the Council.

  7. Vivian has my vote. She is responsive, professional, and has demonstrated that she has great critical thinking skills, which is exactly what Edmonds needs.

  8. Vivian is amazing. She is thoughtful, responsive, intelligent, and professional. She takes the time to listen and hear the issues that are going on in the community and actually attempt to come up with real solutions. Best of all, sometimes folks just need to be heard even though there might not be an easy answer, and she is always listening and willing to take the time to respond. In a time when responsiveness and transparency is such a critical issue for Edmonds, Vivian is exactly the person we need. She has our household’s vote.

  9. Vivian deserves re-election. She stood tall and persevered to get the facts out (at her personal expense) to make sure we did not get a flawed candidate for Police Chief confirmed. Even though I may not always agree with her, she is always straight forward and willing to engage and listen to contrary views. I truly believe she take her oath of office seriously and always tries to do what she thinks is in the best interest of the citizens of Edmonds. As people who fish say: “She is a keeper!”

  10. I support Vivian Olson for re-election. I have watched Vivian through all this time at the CC meetings. I find her to be dedicated to all of Edmonds. She is very bright and very personable and seems to consider every aspect of all of our issues and interests in Edmonds. I like the way she listens and takes time with each subject. She is polite. She is strong and she is firm when needed. She does have great critical thinking skills and she is very willing to compromise and give all ideas and ideals as much time as is needed to find that compromise. Go Vivian.

  11. Vivian has my vote based on her performance, her background of knowledge, and her astute support of Edmonds’ citizens while in office. Tell me when you have a campaign committee.

  12. Ms. Olson is an engaged and very responsive council member on a daily basis. She cares deeply about the entire community, answers email and questions promptly and follows through on something when she says she will act. She has and will continue to do a great job on behalf of the citizens of Edmonds.

  13. Vivian, thank you for being an outstanding liaison with our Citizens Economic Development Commission. Folks should know (in addition to the compliments above) that you are an effective and supportive partner with our commissions and boards in Edmonds, which includes helping us develop and maintain positive relationships between the civic, public, private and non-profit sectors – to achieve a sustainable and diverse economy based on citizen’s hopes and needs.

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