In the Summer 2020 Snohomish publication, Mayor John Kartak writes that his job is not to lead and goes on to define “leadership” as “some government official telling you what to do or who to be.” Mayor Kartak chooses to define only what leadership is not and thus abdicated his responsibility as an elected official at a time of crisis in our town.
We have a choice this November: elect a mayor willing to offer leadership or one who chooses not to lead. Leadership is a “quality,” not a “directive.” Qualities of a leader run the gamut, including pursuit of something new and unique; focus on strategies and goals; persuasiveness, bringing others along; sharing of power, collaboration; humility; an ability to learn; and where most needed, responsive to crises.
Linda Redmon has proven her leadership qualities these last four years serving on city council, the last two years as council president. She listens and learns from her constituents. Linda has worked hard to achieve the goals set in the city’s strategic plan and always works collaboratively with council members, staff and the community. As mayor she will guide our community via open, public forums; allow for creative ideas; set the path forward on such local issues as affordable housing, managing growth, maintaining a vibrant community with strong values, improvement of our aging infrastructure, and vigilance regarding public safety.
Join me in support of Linda Redmon, our next mayor of Snohomish.