Plunkett, Marin, Dawson and Wilson for Edmonds

Edmonds voters will choose a majority of the city council on Nov. 6. The residents of Snohomish County’s second largest city will select from among talented candidates with a wide variety of positions and backgrounds.

The top candidates are incumbent Michael Plunkett, recent appointee Richard Marin, and newcomers Deanna Dawson and Jeff Wilson.

In the race for position 1, Plunkett has put together a strong record on the council over the past four years, including his role in cutting annual property tax rates increases. He’s proven himself as someone able to work cooperatively with others. His opponent, Rich Demeroutis, with a wide range of community involvements, has played a valuable role as a critic of city government.

The position 2 contest is an especially close one, between two very promising candidates. Dawson, an attorney and district court judge pro tem, distinguishes herself on the basis of extensive knowledge about the proposed King County sewage treatment facility. As a League of Women Voters representative on a treatment facility panel, she has background that could be useful in voicing Edmonds’ concerns about the possible location of the plant there. Her opponent, Michael Lowell, offers valuable financial background as a senior manager with Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.

Wilson, a former planning supervisor for the city, would bring an in-depth understanding of state planning laws and a record of service to the city. His position 3 opponent, Syd Locke, is a dynamic, insightful observer of city affairs.

For position 6, Marin, appointed to fill a council vacancy in January, has shown an impressive dedication to understanding the issues and operations of city government. He is opposed by Seaun Richards, a restaurateur, who offers leadership potential and a long familiarity with business and residential concerns.

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