Frequently Asked Questions
-Why are you running for re-election to council?
I am excited about the way Edmonds is responding to opportunities to acquire Civic Field, build the Waterfront Activity Center and improve infrastructure. I’m proud to have played a part in bringing a Walkway Crew to our Public Works department so that safety and recreation is advanced across the entire city. I want to stay involved in developing these city-wide improvements for the good of our community.
-If elected, what are your priorities?
I am committed to thoughtful deliberation for all of our Council decisions. We’ve made significant strides in that respect over the last few years. I want to continue doing my part to facilitate discussions with citizens, the administration and the Council to come up with innovative solutions to the real problems that arise in our city.
I am also committed to funding essential services in our city. We need to establish a revenue base for things like street maintenance and public safety. A strong local economy goes a long way toward resolving those issues.
Finally, I will continue to empower grass root efforts to improve neighborhood initiatives. I got my start by helping neighbors reduce the speed of traffic on our streets and near our neighborhood school. City Council members have access to resources or know which way to point to get resources that can help when other avenues falter.
-What from your personal and/or professional background makes you a good candidate for the job?
Professionally I run a non-profit organization, but my focus over the last 10 years has been helping organizations implement change at a board level. Budgeting, hiring and managing personnel are a big part of what goes into my consulting process.
In the past I have written training curriculum on Group Facilitation and Conflict Management. I consistently draw on those experiences as Chairman of the Planning Board and expect they may be useful as a member of the City council.
-What do you think the current council does well? And if re-elected, what would you do differently?
Our current council is obviously committed to parks and recreation in our city. I give the Mayor high marks for facilitating a community and development program that has seen an improvement in the way our city looks, which has included helping bring in new businesses that people enjoy. We still need to improve the way we fund maintenance of our aging buildings.
I would like to see improvements in the way that we facilitate new developments in our city. Whether it’s building on or improving an existing site, too many property owners say that valuable time is wasted in the development process. If we expect to improve areas like Highway 99 or in our transition zones like Westgate, we will need to send a crystal clear message of what we want as a city. I think our city council can do a better job of creating consensus and speaking with one voice.
In addition, I think our council can do a better job with their decision making process. When I work with capable people with differing skill sets I want to maximize their input when creating solutions. In that sense, I’m a collaborator. Once a consensus forms and a vote it taken, its time to get things done.
Finally, our progress as a city is linked to our neighboring cities and region. I have invested in relationships with other elected officials, like the Mayor of Shoreline and with the Association of Washington Cities. Last year I completed the Certified Municipal Leader course through the AWC.
-Is there anything you would like to add?
My family enjoys living in Edmonds. All of our kids went through Edmonds schools and my wife currently teaches at Chase Lake Elementary. I’m proud to say that our kids started their first jobs in our city and learned valuable skills that are helping them work their way through college and beyond.
When my wife and I want to kick back we often head downtown to meet with friends or walk along the waterfront. Many of the people I’ve met campaigning say they enjoy the same things about Edmonds.
Served two-terms on the Edmonds Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee
- Participated in writing the Transportation Elements of the Comp Plan.
- Participated in an extensive Walkway and Bicycling Plan focusing on connectivity between Parks, Schools and Neighborhoods.
Served as Chair of the Edmonds Planning Board
- Facilitated Public Hearings
- Participated in the Hwy 104 Corridor transportation study
- Participated in development of the Current Comprehensive Plan
Other Community Involvement
- Participated in city wide Strategic Planning process involving more than 2,500 citizens
- Served two-years as the President of the Meadowdale High School Booster Club
- Coached Sno-King youth soccer
- Volunteered with Edmonds Art Festival and church functions
Served 15 Years with an International Training and Consulting organization
- Studied over 2 dozen cities in the Puget Sound region for population trends, traffic patterns and neighborhood dynamics.
- Worked with regional and national boards facilitating and implementing strategic plans.
- Taught classes on Organizational Leadership and Urban Studies.
- Trained church leaders and educators in neighborhood and community based services.
Started a new organization serving as President and Executive Director in 2015
- Provided Human Resource Development services for other non-profits
- Developed training resources for clients
High School Graduate – Interlake High School, Bellevue, WA
BA Communications: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
MDiv Theology: International Christian Graduate University, San Bernardino, CA
DMin – Community Development: Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA