More candidate statements

  • By Evan Smith Enterprise political reporter
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2009 9:14pm

Last week I offered statements from the four candidates for Lynnwood City Council Position 1.

This week, I present statements from candidates for positions 2 and 3. Three candidates are running for each of the two positions. Here are the statements:

Position 2

Douglas Kerley: “I will bring both fiscal and personal responsibility to this position that has been sadly lacking recently. I have worked both with and for government, labor and business for decades. I have the experience to get the city working again.”

Craig Parsons: “I strongly oppose any and all tax increases.

“I will continue to fight for homeowners’ rights and home values.

“Mark Smith’s record shows the opposite.

“Mark supported the REET, property, phone, library, garbage, ambulance and a 9.5 percent sales tax increase.”

Mark Smith: The incumbent councilman did not respond.

Position 3

Kerri Lonergan: “It time to elect individuals who stand for fiscal responsibility and common sense solutions. Government works for the people, not the other way around. If elected, I will work to balance the budget using a Priorities of Government model (POG), while minimizing taxes.”

Ruth Ross: “As your council member, I will listen to your concerns and use my experience when making decisions. I am a public servant, not a politician, and serving the citizens of Lynnwood to the best of my ability is my only goal.”

Bob Young: “Help build a strong economy by limiting the size and scope of city government; prioritize spending to maximize benefits to our citizens. Generate new revenue streams to minimize individual financial impact. Protect our property rights and support property tax relief for fixed income citizens.”

Cole, Lonergan top fundraisers

Position 1 candidate Kimberly Cole is the leading fundraiser among Lynnwood Council candidates. As of Monday, Cole had raised $2,885 and spent $2,579.

Position 3 candidate Kerri Lonergan is the next leading fundraiser. She has reported raising $1,450 and spending $776.

Position 3 incumbent Ruth Ross was the only other candidate to report fundraising. She had raised $285 and spent $271.

None of the other candidates reported raising or spending any money.

The top two candidates for each position in the August primary qualify for the November general election.

A Republican candidate in the 21st District

Democrats have dominated the 21st Legislative District for many years. But local Republicans already have a candidate to run next year.

She’s Elizabeth Scott, a teacher turned anti-tax activist, who got so annoyed about a month ago that she plans to run against Rep. Marko Liias.

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