Mukilteo council, Pos. 1: Harris focused on consensus

About eighteen months ago I wrote a letter in support of a finalist for appointment to the Mukilteo City Council. To my disappointment the council selected Louis Harris, whom I did not know. Since that time I have had the pleasure of serving with him on a city advisory committee.

Now I understand why the council selected him. Louis Harris was our committee catalyst who brought out the best in all of us. How refreshing it was to work with someone who spoke with authority, yet remained consistently polite and deferential. Time and again, Louis Harris patiently encouraged us to rise above our specific interests and diverse opinions, and to focus increasingly on compromises that would result in the greatest good for the greatest number of people in Mukilteo. What a joy to work with someone who has strong principles, but is never ideological, elitist or vindictive.

I intend to vote for Louis Harris because I want a council that will avoid knee-jerk polarization and move closer to becoming a more deliberative and civil body. If you seek a candidate who can disagree without being disagreeable and be an inspiration for bringing out the best in every other council member, then I urge you also to vote for Louis Harris.

John Collier


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