By Evan Smith Herald Writer
Incumbent Edmonds City Councilwoman Adrienne Fraley-Monillas faces a challenge in the Nov. 5 general election from the man she replaced four years ago, Ron Wambolt.
Fraley-Monillas defeated Wambolt and now-Councilwoman Lora Petso in a close 2009 primary. Petso edged Wambolt by seven votes in a hand recount. Fraley-Monillas went on to defeat Petso in the general election. Petso joined the council by appointment and won a full four-year term in 2011.
The race likely will be the most expensive in south Snohomish County, with Wambolt having raised $16,273 and already has spent $7,444, and Fraley-Monillas having raised $12,976 and has spent $4,672. The two are running for a four-year term for one of the three positions on the seven-member council that will appear on the November ballot.
Here are introductory statements from the two candidates:
Adrienne Fraley-Monillas has served on the city council for the last four years. She retired from Fircrest Residential Rehabilitation Center, after a 33-year career.
Adrienne is an active volunteer in our community, serving at the Edmonds Senior Center, Special Olympics and the Edmonds School District. She is very proud she made the majority of council meetings while recovering from lung cancer.
Adrienne worked to cut spending while keeping Edmonds unique.
— Voted against giving the City of Woodway subsidized Edmonds Police services, saving taxpayers about $200,000 annually!
— Worked with employees to stabilize costs so we didn’t have to raise taxes.
— Voted NO on raising building heights in the view corridor.
— Against coal trains polluting our waterfront.
— Supports the Interurban Trail connecting us to Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace.
— Supports sensible redeveloping of Highway 99, Westgate, 5-Corners and Firdale.
Adrienne has been endorsed by Gov. Inslee, Snohomish County Executive Lovick, Snohomish County Council Chair Wright, Snohomish County Democrats, Planned Parenthood Votes!, Snohomish County Labor Council, Aerospace Machinists District 751, State Sens. Shin and Chase, State Reps. Roberts, Kagi, Liias and Ryu, former Edmonds City Council Orvis, Plunkett, Dawson, Bernheim and Edmonds Police Officers Association President Harbinson.
Ron Wambolt is a retired senior vice-president of Fluke Corporation headquartered in Everett. For the past 10 years he has been very involved in our community. He was one of the community activists that successfully battled to keep King County’s wastewater treatment plant, Brightwater, out of Edmonds. He was an Edmonds council member for four years. During his term he was council president pro-tem, chaired the finance committee, and served on numerous council committees on which he has remained as a citizen volunteer.
Ron is totally committed to finding the funds for police, parks, and street improvements. He will find common ground among councilmembers in order to improve economic growth, create affordable housing, and minimize taxes. Ron’s commitment has earned him exceptional local support.
All elected Edmonds Mayors since 1967: Dave Earling, Gary Haakenson, Barbara Fahey, Laura Hall, Larry Naughten, and Harve Harrison. Former County Councilmember and State Legislator Gary Nelson; Edmonds Councilmember Frank Yamamoto; former Edmonds Councilmembers: Richard Marin and Jeff Wilson; Edmonds Port Commissioners: Jim Orvis, Bruce Faires and Fred Gouge; former Edmonds Directors: Duane Bowman and Dan Clements; former Assistant Superintendents Edmonds School District: Marla Miller and Sue Venable. And many more at www.ronwambolt.org.
Evan Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.