Arlington city council

Elected position sought: Arlington City Council, Position 1

Name: Craig A. Hedlund, D.C.

Age: 50

Occupation: Doctor of chiropractic

Political experience: Incumbent. Also, prior service on airport commission.

Work experience: Small-business owner for 21 years, requiring administrative and fiscal responsibilities, personnel management and decision making.

Personal experience: Lived and worked in north Snohomish County since childhood. Experienced in working with outside agencies (county and state).

Top 3 issues: 1. Transportation issues, including local streets, involvement in infrastructure and regional cooperation. 2. Process, policies and procedures. Improve disseminating of information and input of citizenry. 3. Public safety – ensure high level of service through staffing and housing of police and fire departments.

Why voters should pick me: I am committed to maintaining Arlington as a place where we can raise our families, proudly make our living and enjoy a quality lifestyle. My strengths are an open mind, and the ability to listen to the concerns of the community. This allows me to make honest, straightforward “common sense” decisions.

Elected position sought: Arlington City Council, Position 1

Name: Steve Baker

Age: 49

Occupation: Building contractor

Political experience: None

Work experience: Former maintenance supervisor, former electrical shop foreman, present building contractor. All three deal with people and problems.

Personal experience: Working on church boards and committees.

Top 3 issues: 1. This city is divided between the old and new (Smokey Point) which was recently annexed. I would like to see these wounds healed. 2) There is a rift between the downtown merchants and the city. I feel the only way to solve this is by gaining the business owners’ trust. 3. Many people in town, especially the elderly, feel that the rising cost of living here is going to drive them out. We need to control taxes.

Why voters should pick me: Working the building trades for 30 years has given me great learning experiences dealing with people and solving diverse problems. I feel this would be a great advantage as a council member. All taxpayers need to be considered in city decisions, including the elderly, businesses and future generations.

Fun fact: We enjoy traveling, especially on the East Coast where there are numerous historical places.

  • Kevin Kinney did not return his survey.

    Elected position sought: Arlington City Council, Position 2

    Name: Marvin Monty

    Age: 52

    Occupation: Real estate agent, part time. Property management.

    Political experience: Past Arlington School Board director. Served on Arlington Board of Adjustment.

    Work experience: Local business owner for 25 years.

    Personal experience: Involved with Lions Club, Little League, JC’s, Arlington Fire Department.

    Top 3 issues: 1. Growth – with rapid growth we must have adequate roads and other public facilities. 2. Public safety – with growing demands on our police and fire departments we must ensure they are funded so they are there when needed. 3. Finance – Responsibility and accountability when spending public funds.

    Why voters should pick me: Because I do not have the demands of a full-time job, I will be able to devote an abundance of time to being a councilman. Speaking with other council people I have learned that this is a very time-consuming job.

    Fun fact: I enjoy time with my family, golfing, traveling and watching the Mariners win!

    Elected position sought: Arlington City Council, Position 2

    Name: Vincent Danner

    Age: 37

    Occupation: Electronics Technician

    Political experience: None.

    Work experience: I have served on various committees. I have dealt with contracts and the use of taxpayer funds. I deal with different people daily so I’m accustomed to listening to different perceptions.

    Personal experience: I maintain a balanced checkbook!

    Top 3 issues: 1. Growth – infrastructure needs to be addressed before development. 2. Property taxes – shouldn’t be raised by more than 1 percent without a vote. 3. Community relations – I’ve never met a member of the current council nor heard of any visiting the local neighborhoods.

    Why voters should pick me: I have no personal agenda. I have no relations in Arlington so I would only represent the best interests of Arlington. I’m against the expenditure of taxpayer funds until all options are explored. Every voter deserves a choice.

    Fun facts: RVing.

    Elected position sought: Arlington City Council, Position 2

    Name: Ryan Larsen

    Age: 30

    Ryan Larsen

    Occupation: Senior planner – Snohomish County

    Political experience: I served four years on the Arlington School District’s Facilities Committee; two years as chairman

    Work experience: Being a planner has given me the opportunity to see how the legislative and quasi-judicial processes operate on a daily basis. Also, I’ve taken the lead at various public meetings and hearings.

    Top 3 issues: 1 Public safety – I will work with public officials to provide a safer community through better and increased fire and police protection. 2. Community involvement – I will work with residents to ensure that issues they raise are heard and resolved in a timely and effective manner. 3. Planning – I would like to see the city development regulations strengthened to help ensure that adequate parks, streets and water quality are being provided for.

    Why voters should pick me: I am willing to put the required time and energy into the job that is needed, to ensure that I represent all the citizens of Arlington. I will listen to the issues raised and ensure that they are addressed in an effective and efficient matter.

    Fun fact: Recently had an incredible outdoor experience hiking Glacier Peak.

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