Letter to the editor: Neil Tibbott has the qualities needed for mayor

Dear Editor, Neil and Margaret Tibbott have been our neighbors for 20 years. He has been a neighborhood leader, bringing us together to build community and friendships.  He became a Planning Board member/chair and is now serving as a qualified elected city council member. We know from personal experience that Neil has the qualities that…

Letter to the editor: Anna Alexander the right candidate for Superior Court judge

Editor: As a judge and former colleague, I strongly recommend Anna Alexander for Superior Court Judge. I believe Anna is the right candidate because of her integrity and her diverse experience. I first met Anna Alexander while we were both law students at the University of Washington School of Law, where, at age 19, Anna…

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Diana White for city council

Editor: I am writing in support of Diana White, candidate for Edmonds City Council, position 6. There have been many letters in the past several weeks concerning our current political climate. My best takeaway from all of this is that my support of any candidate should be based on my own knowledge and experience gained…

Letter to the editor: In support of Paul Thompson for judge

Editor: As a criminal defense attorney and former public defender, I work in courtrooms throughout Snohomish County. Judge Paul Thompson, a member of our Superior Court bench, is clearly someone who has the kind of thoughtful, balanced demeanor that distinguishes him. He was appointed last year by our Governor from a long list of candidates…

Letter to the editor: Why Vivian Olson will make an excellent councilmember

Dear Editor: I am writing in support of Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council position 5. I am her direct supervisor as aquatics director at Harbor Square Athletic Club and have known her professionally and personally for a long time. Vivian is a swim coach and highly sought-after instructor at our Club. She is a team player…

Letter to the editor: As mayor, Mike Nelson can bring our city together

Editor: I’m writing today in support of Mike Nelson, candidate for mayor.  I had the opportunity to attend one of the mayoral debates and I was impressed with his ability to express himself and his views in a clear and respectful manner. It was obvious to me he cares about this special place and is…

Commentary: Alliance for Gun Responsibility working to ease tragedy

Three of every four gun deaths in our state are suicides. 512 people took their lives with a gun in recent reporting by the State Department of Health (2016). Working to ease that tragedy is one of the goals of the Edmonds chapter of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which met last week to begin…

Letter to the editor: Alicia Crank would strengthen the city council

Editor: I have talked to Alicia Crank several times in the last few months and have heard her speak about numerous local issues in recorded candidate interviews. Each time I came away impressed and excited by the idea that this very talented person might become a member of our city council. For those who don’t…

Letter to the editor: This former mayoral candidate supports Mike Nelson

Dear  Editor I support Mike Nelson for Mayor of Edmonds and urge people to vote for him in the November. Mike has the vision and vigor to lead our city.  He supports the issues that are important to me:  to protect our environment, preserve our historic downtown and protect our taxpayers. Mike has been the…

Letter to the editor: Judge Paul Thompson ‘passionate, smart and dedicated’

Editor: As a new resident of Edmonds, but a longtime follower of Snohomish County politics, I am writing in support of Judge Paul Thompson for the upcoming election. Judge Thompson was appointed to the Snohomish County Superior Court bench late last year and is now running to retain his position. Besides being exceptionally well-qualified for…

Letter to the editor: How do you decide?

Editor: All the candidates seem to say the same things – the things they think voters want to hear. So how do you figure out who to vote for? I have discovered that you can’t rely on the superficial evidence – which is all you get if you read or listen to campaign statements.  You…

Letter to the editor: ‘Job interview’ shows why Tibbott is best choice for mayor

Dear Editor, In many respects the campaign for Mayor resembles a job interview for the position of Mayor. Voters (the employer) will select the candidate they conclude is best qualified to fill the job. Campaign promises aside, these are mature men best judged on past performance; they will continue performing as they have in the…

Letter to the editor: Questions for the former mayors and councilmembers

Editor: Regarding the recent letter from former mayors and city councilmembers, thank you for your past service. Edmonds is what it is today for your contributions. Having relocated to Edmonds only a few years ago, I (like many) am awed by the natural beauty that surrounds us. That beauty, the majesty of our home, is one…

Letter to the editor: Diane White is a champion for equity issues

Editor: I have had the pleasure of serving on the Equity in Funding committee for the Edmonds School district under the direction of Diana White. Over the past two years I have witnessed Diana seeking answers to tough equity issues the ESD is facing. Diana seeks opportunities to create equity throughout our schools by asking lots of questions and…

Letter to the editor: Show your courage

Editor: I am guessing most people reading this letter agree with me that Edmonds is a very special place. I would also argue that those of us who live in Edmonds exhibit characteristics that make us special as well. We participate in our community, we show up, and we help each other out, as illustrated…

Letter to the editor: What Judge Okoloko brings to the Superior Court

Dear Editor:  After a 23-year career as a Snohomish County judge, having served over 18 years on our Superior Court, I retired from that service last year. While I have now left the court, I have a strong interest in maintaining and improving the quality of our judiciary. It is for this reason that I…

Letter to the editor: It’s time to repeal the MTFE

Dear Editor: The citizens of Edmonds don’t seem to know that we are paying higher taxes to subsidize apartment building construction or remodeling which increases traffic congestion. The MFTE (Multi Family Tax Exemption) program is codified in Chapter 3.38 of the Edmonds City Code. The website describing it and linking to the relevant ordinances is…