The story in the Aug. 6 Sunday Herald, “Stage is set for a woman mayor in critical Everett election,” proclaimed Judy Tuohy and Cassie Franklin as the top two Everett mayoral candidates who will advance to the general election.
Wait, Brian Sullivan is only 67 votes behind Judy Tuohy and The Herald has already proclaimed him the loser? No, the losers are the citizens of Everett.
The population of Everett is 110,000. According to Washington Secretary of State’s Office, there are approximately 56,000 registered voters in Everett. Of those, less than 14,000 voted for mayor. Cassie Franklin recently voted against allowing Everett voters to decide if they want to elect City Council members by district. Judy Tuohy voted in favor of this proposal.
It’s a modest proposal: City council members must live in the district they wish to represent. Currently, 6 out of the 7 Everett City Council members live within a mile of each other in an upscale north Everett neighborhood. They do not live within 1 mile of the majority of Everett citizens.
According to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, Cassie Franklin’s largest political donors are the influential real estate developer Skotdal family and many of their business partners. Do you want the Skotdal family’s hand-picked mayor running this city? If the ballot count holds true and Brian Sullivan really is the loser, then, we must put our support behind Judy Tuohy to stop Everett from becoming Pottersville.