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// Milton Edgewood candidates for city council

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In the race for Edgewood City Council, Luke Meyers (Position 2) is the only incumbent, with Carolyn Trumbull challenging him. Nathaniel Lowry and Jamie Sargent are running for Position 7, while Mark L. Creley and Ted Christie are running for Position 1. Look for interviews with the remaining candidates in the Oct. 30 edition of the Milton-Edgewood Signal.

Mark Creley – Edgewood Council Position One

What are some top issues for your city that you would like to address as a member of city council?

Providing effective public safety is always a top issue for any community and is very important to me. Another important issue is responsibly managing the growth of our city while maintaining the rural flavor for which Edgewood is known. The citizens of Edgewood have had tremendous input in the development of a comprehensive plan that includes land use policies which concentrates businesses along the Meridian corridor and maintains single family residence areas to maintain the rural look of Edgewood as well as parks, recreation and open space areas to maintain the natural environment. Abiding by these land use policies and growth management laws is my goal for preserving Edgewood's character. We must also make sure that the City of Edgewood is able to efficiently and effectively provide the services that it is supposed to provide to our citizens.

How are you qualified to champion these issues?

Actively serving the community is very important to me and I have served in many capacities throughout my life. As an assistant manager of a public safety 9-1-1 dispatch center, I have the knowledge and skills necessary to make important decisions in regards to public safety. I have also served on a citizen advisory committee for the 36th Street Park development several years ago.

How do you see yourself working, or at odds, with the other members of the council?

Over the past two years, I have attended council meetings and workshops on a fairly regular basis. Because of this, I have gotten to know several of the council members and had the opportunity to discuss issues with them. Through this interaction, I have already developed rapport with people that I will be conducting city business with. I know that I will be able to work well with them because I know where they stand on issues, how they come to the decisions that they make, and how they communicate.

What else should voters know about you?

I have worked in the public safety sector for 26 years as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher and now as an Assistant Manager of a 9-1-1 dispatch center. I have been a volunteer firefighter in Edgewood, served on citizen committees, and was a baseball coach for Edgewood Athletic Association for several years. I believe in limited yet responsive government that is financially prudent. It would be an honor to serve as your elected representative.

Where can voters find out more about you?

www.facebook.com/MarkCreleyforEdgewoodCouncil

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Luke Meyers Edgewood City Council Position Two

What are some top issues for your city that you would like to address as a member of city council?

There are several top issues for the City of Edgewood that I would like to continue to address as a member of the city council: Investing in our Town Center; managing the growth in the city; supporting public safety services; enhancing our transportation infrastructure; and maintaining local and regional partnerships.

How are you qualified to champion these issues?

I have been involved with federal, state, and local government for over 15 years. A majority of my time has been rooted in planning and building partnerships. Planning is vital to many of the issues we face including: promoting our Town Center; the growth of our city, developing resources to support public safety, and building capacity in our roads and transit services. To achieve success in these areas, we must leverage our partnerships. We have many partners both in the city and regionally. I have worked with various partners in the past including: our school districts, the fire district, our city neighbors and our utility providers. Each partner has value to share with the city.

How do you see yourself working, or at odds, with the other members of the council?

I see myself working with the other members of the council. I think it is healthy as an elected body to gather as much input as possible from different perspectives to support decision making. We ultimately represent the citizens of Edgewood and must reflect the views on multiple sides of issues. It is only natural that the more perspectives you have on an issue, greater potential to see more sides and related impacts and consequences.

What else should voters know about you?

I have lived in the city with my family for over 10 years. I have an extensive background in supporting our city, our county, our region and our state during times of emergencies since 2001. I am an active member in our community and have been on the Mountain View-Edgewood Water Company Board as board member and board president since January 2008.

Where can voters find out more about you?

Voters can find more information about me through my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeyersForEdgewoodCouncil. They may also reach out to me by phone at (425) 516-5216 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Carolyn Trumbull, Edgewood City Council Position 2

What are some top issues for your city that you would like to address as a member of city council?

The biggest challenge facing Edgewood is how to manage growth in a way that ensures the safety and maintenance of healthy lifestyles for residents. Growth must be slow and steady, so that services and facilities will keep pace with changes. Developers should contribute to the cost of those services. We need businesses that are high caliber and will provide optimum service to residents and visitors in the Town Center area of Edgewood. It is important to attract people who will be desirable tenants and owners of residential and business properties along the Meridian corridor.

Edgewood has a very low percentage of crime, and businesses and residences should be developed that keep our city a safe place in which to reside. Along the Meridian corridor we should have upper end condominiums and moderate to high-income low density housing, in keeping with the character of Edgewood. Another issue I would like to address is traffic congestion and freight truck transit along the Meridian corridor during peak hours. The highway has been widened and upgraded, though better regulation of traffic flow through intersections is still needed. As development occurs in the Town Center area, transit time along this corridor could be even more problematic. Maintaining and improving public safety and welfare is an ongoing concern of mine, and this encompasses many issues and services related to families, children, elders and the disabled. In summary, my focus will be on public safety, transportation and development issues.

How are you qualified to champion these issues?

I am a focused person, research oriented, thoughtful, and a skilled communicator. I am well educated. I earned a BS degree in Education from the State University of New York, and subsequently I earned two degrees on full academic scholarships and grants, an MAT in Slavic Languages and Literature from Indiana University and an MA in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Oregon. I have excellent public relations skills and I am a skillful negotiator. I have had training and experience in organizational development. I am analytical and solution oriented and driven. I am an educator, having taught grades K through 12 in public schools, and college classes in Business and Education subjects.

I honed my skills dealing with many government issues by working for city and county governments in human services, labor relations, etc. I was a manager/administrator/counselor for a non-profit CSO in Seattle. I have been a mentor, fundraiser, interpreter (fostering international friendships.), a career counselor, a mother and a volunteer for eight community service organizations. I have worn many hats. After my husband died at age 30, I became a single parent. I have learned how to relate to people of varied ages, socio-economic backgrounds and lifestyles, and I understand struggle and hardship. City council members must be open to input from residents of all backgrounds and they must make themselves available to the public they serve, so my relationship skills will be advantageous for the job. I am accomplished, persistent, investigative, strong, compassionate and motivated to achieve positive outcomes for all Edgewood residents when confronting challenging issues, while recognizing the fact that I can’t always satisfy everyone, but just do the best I can do.

How do you see yourself at work, or at odds, with the other members of the council?

Having attended Edgewood City Council meetings, I believe that current members share sincere concern about issues of importance to Edgewood residents. I am impressed with their dedication to Edgewood and analysis of development issues. Members work together in a cooperative and collaborative manner. That is, in my opinion, representative of good government, finding a way to a common ground. We do need a transformational moment for Edgewood, and one that needs to happen soon, where city council, along with the mayor, takes a proactive stance leading to initiating business development along Meridian in the Town Center. To get there council members must utilize a wide assortment of skills. My skills are needed. Of course, we must examine and discuss issues and look at them from different points of view. Compromise is possible to reach a major goal, but it can be time consuming and tends to limit choices. I will compromise when it promotes resolution of a problem in a way that is acceptable to the residents I will represent.

What else should voters know about you?

I agree with residents I have had the pleasure to meet, that Edgewood should continue to be a city rural in nature with an environment rich in biodiversity. I have a vision of having more neighborhood parks in our community with easy access in which residents can spend leisure time. In order to be healthy, happy, and well, our residents need safe, beautiful, and ecologically friendly spaces in which to exercise, meet neighbors, picnic and enjoy living and being outdoors. I envision safe walkways placed along roads, particularly those heavily trafficked, so that people can safely walk for exercise and to reach destinations. I see roads paralleling closely the main corridor, Meridian, allowing residents optional ways to get from place to place without having to utilize the main highway which will be heavily trafficked by freight trucks, buses, etc.

I see developers having to pay their fair share of impact fees to the city. Presently they have an unfair advantage over residents in this regard. My opinion is that developers should be required to provide safe walkways, greenbelts, and playgrounds on site in any housing complexes that are being built. It’s a win-win situation for residents and developers. My campaign is self-financed. I am not dependent on contributions and I have tried to keep it low budget. When I talk with people I don’t expect, nor do I mention, contributions. I only hope that, if they think I represent their opinions and wishes, they will vote for me. I am financially frugal, out of necessity, and I believe in fiscal responsibility for the city, along with having a rainy day fund. The only land I own is the land on which my residence is situated.

Where can voters find out more about you?

If requested I can send a brochure by email. My email is: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also, the website hosted by the League of Women Voters of Washington has a Voter’s Guide and can be accessed at http://www.vote411.org. Questions can be emailed to me. Phone: 253-826-3873. 2015 Voter Guide at c3.thevoterguide.org/v/tacomal5/candidate

Nathaniel Lowry- Edgewood Council Position 7

What are some top issues for your city that you would like to address as a member of city council?

One of the top issues is a lack of a real retail base and subsequent low sales tax revenue and other monies associated with business activity in the city. Another issue is a lack of diversity in current building projects and new permit activity in the city, growth is inevitable and housing will continue to be constructed but business services are sorely lacking in current building trends within the city. Another item that is of big interest to me, being more of an opportunity than an issue, is the development of a good size park at the corner of Meridian and 36th Street East, an item that has been on the table for a while now. A well constructed and feasible park project could open the door for other opportunities such as new businesses and services along with the added recreational benefit for all Edgewood citizens. Working with local school districts supporting possible future school district upgrades is another item I would focus strongly on should I serve on the council.

How are you qualified to champion these issues?

I have lived in the City of Edgewood and North Hill for over 30 years and very familiar with the area and struggles the city faces. I have spent the last three years on the City of Edgewood Planning Commission, currently the vice chair and well acquainted in what is going on in the city and what is coming up on the horizon. I do have some professional experience in regional and local planning which helps aid in understanding the issues and strengths the city currently has and will face. I am a licensed landscape architect in the State of Washington, which further aids in valid experience and knowledge I would bring to city council position #7.

How do you see yourself working, or at odds, with the other members of the council?

I don't foresee issues in this area, I can respectfully express my opinion should I disagree with another persons viewpoint and a discussion ensues.

What else should voters know about you?

I was born and raised on North Hill and the City of Edgewood attending Edgemont Junior High, Puyallup High School and Washington State University obtaining my bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. I am also a local business owner within the city.

Where can voters find out more about you?

Pierce County voters guide.

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