Snohomish made the decision, by 11 votes, to move from weak mayor to strong mayor with the idea of giving people the vote and hence the voice in local government. The man leading the charge was none other than the man running for mayor, John Kartak.
But at a public forum on Saturday, led by the League of Women Voters, Kartak gave a startling response to the issue of marijuana being sold in Snohomish. If Advisory Position No. 1, regarding the retail sale of marijuana in Snohomish was passed by the voters and the city council approved, Kartak stated he would use his power to veto their votes.
Now for someone who has stated on June 19: “I’m personally against marijuana stores … With that said, I’m also a citizen who believes in our democratic-republic system … Anything short of that is called personal agenda, … I’m always capable of setting my own feelings aside in order to properly represent our town.”. He now states that he will set aside the views of the people.
So, what is it? If elected to a four-year term is he for “personal agenda” or “will of the people.” If history serves me right, Snohomish had voted out “strong mayor” role because of self-serving, pet projects and going against “will of the people.” We are now back to the “strong mayor” role and it looks like we’re back in the same boat by the very man that worked to change the rules and his views.