By Evan Smith
Incumbent Brier Mayor Bob Colinas faces challenger Adam Gregorich in the Nov. 5 election.
It is the only contested Brier City government position on the general-election ballot. Four incumbent city councilmen are running unopposed.
Colinas himself was unopposed for re-election four years ago after winning with 62 percent of the vote in 2005.
Here are introductory statements from the two candidates for mayor:
I grew up, married and raise my family in Brier in the past 54 years, I am committed to maintaining our quality of life we share in our community.
I will always support our large building lot requirements as I feel they are part of the reason we have a great community.
I have 36 years of Municipal government experience — including eight years as mayor, eight years as councilmember and four years planning commissioner. My experience enables me to represent you knowledgeably. I was elected by my peers to serve as vice chairman of our emergency dispatch center and as representative on our Emergency Radio Systems Center.
As your mayor, I have worked to provide reasonable services at a reasonable cost. Producing balance budgets, creating cash surpluses while bringing state and county grant funds that have acquired and built parks, overlaid our road system and eliminated expensive sewer pumping systems.
I have brought back respectability to Brier’s government. With this record, I have received endorsements from: The Brier City Council, Congressman Rick Larsen, State Reps Stanford and Moscoso, area Mayors Dave Earling, Edmonds, Jerry Smith, Mountlake Terrace, Joe Marine, Mukilteo, Carla Nichols, Woodway and Mike Todd of Mill Creek.
My name is Adam Gregorich, and I’m running for mayor for the city of Brier. My wife Annette and I have been married for 17 years, have lived here for ten and our children attend Brier Elementary. I have worked for AT&T (Mobility) for more than 20 years and am co-owner of a small business.
I decided to run for mayor because I think we need to better utilize technology to make city government more transparent. This will make it harder to slide things by like BMC 2.04.040 – a change applying to just the current mayor, giving him a 63 percent increase to his base pay this year.
I’m also concerned that due to lack of training, support and leadership from the current mayor’s office, morale in the Brier Police Department remains low despite finally getting a contract signed after working for three years without one. I will provide the needed leadership to turn the police department around.
The power of the vote is how we hold our elected representatives accountable. Talk to your friends and neighbors and let them know they have a choice this year: The status quo or a better Brier. For more info please visit: www.abetterbrier.com.