In the Oct. 20, 2017 Herald, a candidate Q&A by Noah Haglund highlighted the differences between Democratic candidate Kristin Kelly and Republican candidate Sam Low. The differences between the candidates were clear: Sam Low is for marginally controlled development, supports the Singletary “timber harvest” and is hoping for the best by “meeting with the DOT” on the traffic problems that result from the extensive rural development in eastern Snohomish County. He is non-committal (read, will probably support after the election and left himself an out to do so) on additional development of mountain bike single track (skills course by any other name) trails in Lord Hill park, and wants to allow ATV’s on the streets of rural Snohomish County.
Kristin Kelly, on the other hand, did not support the Singletary harvest and in fact has actively helped resist it; she sees the increased high-density development of rural Snohomish County as adding to already unsustainable traffic problems on highways 522 and 9 and the U.S. 2 trestle, and would address that problem specifically by moving development to existing transit hubs and easing congestion by addressing choke points on the trestle, 522 and 9. She stated that developers need to pay their fair share of infrastructure impacts, not existing residents through increased property taxes like the proposed 4 percent increase proposed by the county supervisor.
Please vote, and vote for Kristin Kelly to save Snohomish Counties’ identity and not lose it as another example of overdeveloped suburban sprawl.