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Evan Smith | schsmith@frontier.com
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:12 a.m.

Lynnwood Councilwoman Lonergan-Dreke explains reasons for not seeking re-election

Lynnwood City Councilwoman Kerri Lonergan-Dreke says that her decision against seeking re-election was hard but made easier by Douglas Lovitt's entry into the race for her seat.

Lonergan-Dreke said Monday that she had decided not to run because she needs to spend more time on her restaurant business, and wants to spend time with her husband, family and friends.

She said she was "blessed to have had the opportunity to make a difference in the effective functioning and accountability of city government.

"This was a difficult decision because I believe there's still much work to be done in reforming local government," she said. "The decision was made easier when Doug Lovitt, decided to make a run for City Council. As a pragmatic business person and community volunteer, Doug shares a similar philosophy in that government must be accountable and transparent to the citizens it serves, while employing sound fiscal management practices. Doug is also a strong supporter of an efficient government that lives within its means, without exorbitant taxes.

"Although I will miss serving my community as a council member, I hope to serve in other ways in the future."

Lovitt, City Planning Commissioner Maria Ambalada, Boeing quality control manager Dave Mayers and former Councilwoman Ruth Ross are running for the position that Lonergan-Dreke now holds.

The top two vote-getters in the August primary advance to the November general election.

None of the other candidates would comment on Lonergan-Dreke's endorsement of Lovitt.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.
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