Recently the Herald chose to give a great deal of attention to someone who wants to be a write-in candidate for Everett Mayor. Given Gary Watts justifiable and long, loudly expressed outrage regarding conditions on Everett’s Smith Street I get that some coverage would be given to this development. What I do not understand is why, on the other hand, The Herald has completely ignored the candidacy of Kristin Kelly for Snohomish County Council District 5 given her land use expertise far exceeds that of the current office holder. When, oh when will The Herald finally start demonstrating some respect for the qualifications and courage of those who challenge incumbents?
A person would think, in the aftermath of the Oso disaster, knowledge and understanding of environmental decision-making and its impacts would be a primary concern in a race for an office largely focused on land use policy. And yet, The Herald has chosen to ignore Kristin Kelly, the extremely high profile advocate for intelligent land use choices who was elected during the August primary to compete for the District 5 County Council seat and who has, over the past two decades, worked tirelessly and effectively for smart land use policies throughout Snohomish County.
Kristin’s work for two non-profits have included advocating for protection and preservation of our our farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and water quality in our rural and urban areas and for affordable housing opportunities and transportation solutions that not only help relieve congestion on our roads, but would ensure everyone a better chance of moving around our county and region without a car. She deserves The Herald’s respect and attention and the support of those Council District 5 residents who share her concerns and priorities.
Kristin knows how our government works, has respect from thousands of people in this county, is a proven and strong leader, and if elected, will work to ensure Snohomish County remains a wonderful place to live for our families and for the future as our county grows over the next 10, 20 and 50 years.
I urge all District 5 residents who care about their shared quality of life and the legacy we leave for their children to vote for Kristin Kelly on Nov. 7.