Introductory statements from three candidates for an open seat on the Lynnwood City Council

Three candidates are running in the Aug. 6 primary for the Lynnwood City Council position that two-term Councilman Mark Smith is giving up to run for mayor. The three are Planning Commissioner Ian Cotton, former Councilman Jim Smith and City Diversity Commission Chairwoman Shirley Sutton.

The top two vote=getters in the primary advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

Here are introductory statements from the three candidates:

Ian Cotton

Ian Cotton, the new Leadership for a new Lynnwood!

Ian Cotton, a life-long resident of Lynnwood, earned his BSEE from the UW while working night shift in manufacturing. Now a Licensed PE and LEED AP he looks forward to bringing professionalism to local government.

Ian is involved in his community as a Lynnwood Planning Commissioner, ACE student mentor, built an orphanage in Zimbabwe, volunteer work in Uganda, Engineers Without Borders and the CWB.

“I look forward to serving the Citizens of Lynnwood and helping to lead our city into its bright new future by implementing the Lynnwood Vision in government.”

Jim Smith

Jim Smith has lived, worked, served and raised his family in Lynnwood.

He has four daughters (Becky, Jamie, Jennifer, Ashley), is married to Sherry, and lives near Lynndale.

Jim has been involved in numerous civic groups throughout the years including extended service with Neighbors In Need. He is the longest serving member of the Health Board and was elected Chair in 2005.

Born is Seattle, Jim graduated from Edmonds High School. He has two Bachelor Degrees from CWU: Business Administration and Law &Justice. He also graduated from Edmonds Community College with a degree in Business Management.

Shirley Sutton

Shirley Sutton, candidate for the Lynnwood City Council is an active, dedicated community leader, and serves on several local and community advisory boards.

She believes in maintaining a healthy and thriving community where all residents are encouraged to voice their concerns to City leadership.

Shirley’s first priority is economic and community development, a focus this is especially important given the changing demographics and limited resources of Lynnwood. It is important that city leadership be accountable, responsible and transparent at every level and is committed to supporting polices that are in the best interest of both our families and businesses.

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