Lack of diversity a disservice to city
Whether or not Rich Anderson turns out to be a good council member, this action diminishes the quality of the council. The message sends a chill through the ranks of women who may be thinking about leadership in Everett. In effect, it reinforces the reality that half the possible people from whom to choose are ineligible. Why should even a well-qualified woman go to the effort of seeking such an appointment if she is repeatedly shown that she has little chance of winning? Then we are all cheated out of benefiting from her potential leadership. These were not token women candidates who were passed over. They were accomplished, dedicated citizens of Everett who could have made a difference.
Paul Roberts and Brenda Stonecipher are to be commended for their votes. It's a shame and a disservice to the people of Everett that more on the council did not join them.