Introductory statements from a Mountlake Terrace City Council incumbent and his challenger

Incumbent Mountlake Terrace City Councilman Douglas McCardle faces challenger Stephen Barnes in the Nov. 5 general election.

Here are their introductory statements:

Stephen Barnes

What will you get with Stephen Barnes as your voice at the Terrace City Council? I will insist on greater openness toward the citizens, honesty in processes and a careful pocketbook attitude! Vote for me, Stephen Barnes, this November!

I know Mountlake Terrace. I understand how to work with others and defend your perspective as a citizen at the same time. For the last 25-plus years my spouse and I have lived here. I also celebrate 30 years of public service at Metro this year and two decades as a worker union representative. Contributing to private and public groups over the years, I am currently serving on two boards. What have the City Council people been doing? Told by their own hired experts they could construct a city hall complex for as little as $8 million, they came to us with a $37 million structure. Soundly defeated at the 2010 polls, they returned with a one floor shorter structure, which you also defeated. Pursuing a dense city-within-our-town idea, huge Arbor Village with five stories and minimal parking is a foretaste of what they want. See www.BetterMLT.com for more details and vote for Stephen Barnes for Position No. 3.

Doug McCardle

As a current council member, Doug McCardle has led Mountlake Terrace in a positive direction toward revitalization and redevelopment of the city. Doug believes the future of Mountlake Terrace lies in the ability to increase our revenues through the downtown revitalization process. By increasing city revenues, we are assured the monies needed to maintain momentum for our current levels of service, clean and safe city parks, repair of public facilities, and provision of quality services from our police department and Fire District 1. An expanded tax base will support a balanced budget, city infrastructure needs, and increased levels of service the city offers.

Doug is committed to lead in the growth of Mountlake Terrace and finding solutions to the issues that the city faces with the city hall and other aging public facilities during his second term as a council member. Thank you for your support and vote.

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

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