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Three Terrace council members face challenges

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By Bill Sheets
Herald Writer
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE -- Three incumbents are being challenged by a linked slate of three challengers for the Mountlake Terrace City Council.
Doug McCardle, seeking his second term on the council, is being challenged by Stephen Barnes in Position 3. Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, seeking her second full term, will face Wanda Clarke-Morin in Position 4. Bryan Wahl, appointed to the council last year, faces longtime city activist Leonard French for Position 5.
Two other incumbents, Rick Ryan and Jerry Smith, are running unopposed. Smith has been selected as mayor by the other council members.
Statements by Barnes, Clarke-Morin and French are all posted on a website titled
McCardle, 48, is a middle-school math teacher in the Edmonds School District. He was elected to the City Council in 2009 and earlier served on the city's Planning Commission.
He lists one of his priorities as seeing the city's planned Main Street project to fruition. The $12 million plan encourages development of condominiums, apartments and businesses in the downtown core. It also would involve remaking city utilities in the area, such as locating power lines underground.
The plan, McCardle said, would "expand the city tax base through revitalizing our town center and new development throughout the rest of the city."
McCardle has a Facebook page devoted to his campaign at
McCardle's opponent, Barnes, 61, is a bus driver for King County Metro. He's making his first run for City Council.
He said he would "insist on greater openness toward the citizens, honesty in processes and a careful pocketbook attitude."
He voices his opposition to the Main Street project on the website.
"Do you want mid-rise shadows encroaching on your neighborhood?" he wrote.
Wright, 63, is a broker at Coldwell Banker Bain in Seattle. She was appointed to the council in 2008 and elected in 2009. She serves on the Washington State Real Estate Commission and the board of directors for the Housing Authority of Snohomish County.
She helped develop the Town Center plan as a member of the city's Planning Commission prior to serving on the City Council. She lists her current priorities as bringing light rail to Mountlake Terrace and adding more park space.
Her real-estate website is at
Her opponent, Clarke-Morin, 59, teaches fashion design and marketing at the Art Institute of Seattle. She's making her first try for the City Council.
"I want the community of Mountlake Terrace to feel like they have transparent information from the city leaders," she said. "I want them to feel like they have a representative they can communicate with, to discuss the issues, not just be a figurehead, and feel that the constituents' concerns are heard."
Bryan Wahl, 44, was appointed to the council last year after serving 14 years on the Planning Commission.
He runs WAHL Strategies, his own political consulting firm. He serves on several boards and commissions.
He lists his priorities as fiscal responsibility, economic development and "delivering quality city services."
His website is
French, 64, has closely followed Mountlake Terrace politics for nearly two decades. He ran for City Council in 2007, losing to Laura Sonmore, who is still on the council.
French runs his own real-estate analysis firm titled Investment Property Analysis, he said. He served four years on the city's Board of Adjustment.
"My priorities are keeping government understandable and affordable to the people it serves," he said. "Just because the council wants something doesn't make it progress, particularly if people don't understand it and don't believe they can afford it."
Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439;

Public candidate forum
Candidates for Mountlake Terrace City Council and Snohomish County Council District 4 have been invited to a public forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Terrace First Baptist Church, 22800 56th Ave. W.
The event is organized by the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center. Refreshments are planned at 6 p.m. with the forum scheduled to begin at 6:30.
For more information, email
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