I have lived in Everett for 46 years. My geographic area has many representatives on the Everett City Council, most of whom live within my geographic area. Our city council meets regularly within my geographic area. I am well represented.
However, repeatedly, I have asked myself: Who is a presence, representing the citizens of Everett in geographic areas other than my geographic area?” As a result, I have joined a grass-roots effort that is acting to change our process for electing Everett council members from an at-large process of electing seven council members, to electing council members by districts, i.e., geographical areas in which the council member resides.
Democracy needs, I believe, to reflect the voices, the input, of all of our citizens. Intentional face-time while living within a geographic area with those we represent can ask: “What are your issues? What is important to you?” Face-time and living within the geographic area with those we represent can build trust and empowerment which can lead to increased engagement, including voting and leadership choices.
Let us work together to have a fully representative Everett City Council.