With the quick ascension of Cassie Franklin into the mayor’s office, the Everett City Council now has a chance to address its representation issue with a major appointment to position No. 4. Void of Franklin, the six members of the council are all over age 50 and are financially comfortable. I challenge the council to appoint someone who knows what it is to struggle, to rise up against societal adversity, who has excelled and impressed at every level of their profession, and who understands the economic struggles of Generation X and Millennials — something that the boomer generation has completely failed to grasp.
With all due respect, people who make six figures and own their homes are well represented on council. It’s time to give representation to the teachers, social workers and nurses who are the backbone of our community.
With Franklin moving up, there is a need for youth and energy on the council; someone who has children in the Everett school system, who works hard to make ends meet, someone with razor-sharp intellect and a moral compass that is steadied in the winds of integrity.
It is in this spirit of progress that I urge the council to vote to appoint Hillary Pirtle to Position No. 4.