Snohomish city newsletter being used for electioneering

My quarterly issue of the City of Snohomish newsletter arrived in my mailbox recently and as usual Mayor John T. Kartak spent more than half of it boasting about his work as our executive mayor without referencing a single, specific accomplishment. And, of course, he prefaced his self-aggrandizing pat-on-the-back with a winding narrative about continuing to sacrifice his own personal finances to work full-time for an “unnecessarily low, part-time salary” on behalf of our great city.

If our mayor plans to use the City of Snohomish magazine as a segue into a reelection campaign that implicitly demands a raise, perhaps it would be a good idea to discuss what he has done in the last four years, particularly those accomplishments that demanded “a difficult sacrifice for [his] family.” Maybe it’s time for a more efficient executive mayor.

Dana Harker

Snohomish

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