Meet the Candidates: Everett City Council

Arlan Hatloe

Age: 64

Education: Graduated Everett High School, awarded a number of business, finance and government leadership achievement awards.

Occupation: Retired

Political experience: Everett City Council four years and is currently council vice president. He currently serves on the following council liaison committees: base closure (BRAC 2005), budget, chamber of commerce, economic development, lodging tax advisory board, Navy/Port of Everett, public safety, real estate, riverfront, transit, tribal issues.

Personal experience: Owned local family business for 42 years. Served on local, state, regional and national board of directors. Awarded Henry M. Jackson “Citizen of the Year” for 2004 by Everett Area Chamber of Commerce.

Top 3 issues:

1. Preserve: The character of our neighborhoods. The right coverage, training and support of first responders; retention of business and jobs base; the transit system; our history; and a financially sound city government, which will support services citizens expect.

2. Protect: Our quality of life. Citizen safety, environment, the quality of services city government provides. Parks and recreation, streets, utilities and our financial bonding strength.

3. Provide: Excellent service to citizens. Public safety, transportation, smart growth, economic vitality, art and culture opportunities, public access to waterfronts, educational choices, ethics in government and sound financial management.

Statement: None submitted

Fun fact: Spent better part of a year traveling through United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as president of a national trade association.

Jackie Minchew

Age: 56

Education: Graduated Colorado State University in 1980 with bachelor’s degree in music with emphasis in education.

Occupation: Public school music teacher.

Political experience: Volunteered on several campaigns at local, state and federal levels; a founding member and immediate past executive chairman of Democracy for Snohomish County, a progressive political action committee.

Personal experience: Everett Symphony; church activities, mostly choirs.

Top 3 issues:

1. Preserve: A sustainable quality of life for all citizens of Everett. Included in that will be increased use of alternative energies, reduced energy usage in general and the learning of sustainable lifestyles.

2. Protect: The voice of working class in city government. With very rare exceptions, the city is operated by and for the business community.

3. Provide: Opportunity for all to participate in the full range of benefits that come with being a citizen of Everett.

Statement: I believe some form of districting plan should be put in place to allow for representation from all parts of the city.

Fun fact: As a music teacher and band director, I am often asked how many instruments I play. My answer is I play them all, except the bagpipes. But the truth is I play some of them so badly you wouldn’t want to hear it.

Mark Olson

Age: 50

Education: Everett High School, 1973. Whitman College, bachelor’s degree in history, 1977. George Washington University, master’s degree in international relations, 1980. Oxford University, Rotary Graduate Fellow, 1979-81. University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1987.

Occupation: Attorney in private practice, Everett.

Political experience: Completing first term City Council; vice-chairman of Sound Transit board and co-chairman of Snohomish County Tomorrow. Previously on staff of U.S. Sen. Henry M. Jackson and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Meeds in Washington, D.C., as well as Everett Mayors Robert Anderson and Bill Moore.

Personal experience: Lifelong resident of Everett.

Top 3 issues:

1. Preserve: Parks and open spaces so that people can enjoy fresh air and recreation.

2. Protect: High level of public safety so people feel safe throughout community.

3. Provide: High-quality economic development and significant public access in our riverfront.

Statement: “These past four years have brought significant positive changes for our community. Enthusiastic about our future, I am also mindful of our challenges. Public safety, parks and recreation and high quality economic development are my continuing priorities.”

Fun fact: Climbed Mount Rainier

Charlene Rawson

Age: 52

Education: Associate’s degree in fine arts.

Political experience: In 2003, on State Platform Committee and was elected a precinct committee officer. First run for major office.

Personal experience: “My firm belief in the vital role small business plays in building the economy is derived from personal experience. As a young mother, a home-based business afforded me a good income and allowed me to tailor my work to the needs of my family.”

Top 3 issues:

1. Preserve our natural habitats, historical buildings that define our history, character and spirit of our 13 neighborhoods.

2. Protect our children, our seniors, our homeless.

3. Provide education, support and investment capital for small business; better training for local workforce through apprenticeship programs and business partnerships; expansion and improved efficiency of transit; more safe and attractive open spaces, including playgrounds and community gardens.

Statement: “Revitalization of our downtown is an important process, but it is essential that we also focus on building vibrant neighborhoods and that the people living in them know they have representation in decision-making.”

Fun fact: I may be the Precinct Committee Officer in my precinct for my party, but one of my strongest supporters is the PCO for the other party.

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