Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling decides not to seek a third term

“The time is right for me to move on to other things in my life,” he said. He has led the city since 2011.

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling (City of Edmonds)

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling (City of Edmonds)

EDMONDS — Mayor Dave Earling said he won’t run for re-election this year, after mulling the decision for several months with friends and family.

Earling has led the city since 2011.

“I’m pleased with where the city is at nearly eight years after I first ran for mayor,” Earling said in an announcement. “City Hall was in chaos then, and I’m proud it’s more stable, prosperous and productive now. The time is right for me to move on to other things in my life, and since candidates are beginning to make announcements now, I want to clear the field for a robust race to produce a qualified, new mayor.”

So far, only City Councilman Mike Nelson has announced he’s running for the job.

Earling, 75, also serves on the Sound Transit board of directors, the Community Transit board of directors and Economic Alliance Snohomish County’s board of trustees.

He plans to deliver his annual State of the City address at the Edmonds Theater, downtown, at 8:30 p.m. on March 7. The event is free and open to the public.

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