Arlington voters have fine choices in the three city council contests, including one in which a sitting council member is trying to unseat a fellow incumbent.
Voters can benefit frrm both experience and a variety of viewpoints by selecting incumbents Craig Hedlund and Dennis Byrnes and candidate Marvin Monty.
Hedlund, a consistently well prepared student of the local issues, puts his focus is on the quality of life for residents and points to his 21 years of business experience, as a doctor of chiropratic. He is challenged for his position 1 seat by Steve Baker, whose cites his own business experience and argues for more open communications.
In the race for position 2, Monty brings a depth of local experiences including service on the Arlington School Board and the city board of adjustment. His opponent, Ryan Larsen, has led the school district’s facilities committee and works as a senior county planner, but he will likely have other opportunities to seek office.
Byrnes, a high school business teacher and former small business owner, offers a reasoned approach and dedication to protecting the city’s character. Council member Dan Anderson chose to challenge Byrnes in the race for position 3, in part because Byrnes didn’t support Anderson’s campaign to stop Internet access to pornography from computers at Sno-Isle Regional libraries. Anderson, a state patrolman and member of the Special Forces in the National Guard, is a fine council member and admirable citizen, but he fails to make a convincing case for replacing Byrnes.