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  1. I wish to thank the Chamber of Commerce for the candidate forum they hosted at City Hall this last Monday evening. I heard a new word from one of the mayoral candidates that I do not believe I would be able to find in a dictionary. Today I received in the mail a flyer in support of this candidate with one statement on the front: “I will not Seattlize Edmonds.” After the Monday forum, when I asked the candidate what he meant by that word, he characterized it as “Tribalism, divisiveness and the homeless problem” as what he does not want to see in Edmonds.
    Letters I have read in this news outlet and elsewhere from people claiming to support this candidate seem to me to exemplify tribalism and divisiveness, the very attributes he claims he wants to keep out of Edmonds.
    I went to each of the mayoral candidate websites to find out more about what they propose to do and, more importantly, to find out more details of what each has already done for the city they each would like to lead. When I have been in a position to hire in the past, I learned that past behavior is the best predictor of future performance.
    On one candidate’s website the only references to accomplishments during many years served on advisory committees, boards and the city council are vague references to walkways, relieving traffic congestion and increasing economic activity. This is the same candidate who went around behind the council in an attempt to undo a decision to protect what is left of our unique environmental treasure, the Edmonds Marsh, from further incursion by business construction. To me, that Is the antithesis of integrity and leads me to question how well this candidate can be trusted to uphold the will of the council.
    On the other hand, Mike Nelson can point to a number of initiatives he has launched that have been adopted by the full council. Those accomplishments could not have been achieved without collaborating with the entire council. One person acting and voting in isolation cannot make that kind of difference. Mike Nelson listens to and speaks for citizens from all of Edmonds, not only a select few. His campaign has been focused on issues, ideas and actions rather casting aspersions on other candidates. My mother used to tell me there are three fingers pointing back at you when you point at someone else.
    The candidate whose integrity and behavior point to being the best mayor of this city is clear to me. Mike Nelson is my choice for mayor of Edmonds.

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