Neil Tibbott will run for re-election to City Council

Edmonds councilmember seeks second term
Jan 29, 2019
Neil Tibbott

Edmonds City Councilmember Neil Tibbott announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, that he will run for a second term in a bid to keep his Position 7 seat.

“It’s been a rewarding and fulfilling three years, and I have strong support from family and friends to run again,” he said in a news release.

Prior to winning his seat in 2015, defeating incumbent Lora Petso, Tibbott served four years on the Planning Board.

“From the time I started serving on the council in 2016, I made it a practice to be informed and come to every meeting prepared to discuss matters related to running the City of Edmonds,” Tibbott said in the release. “I intend to continue bringing a broad perspective to the position and effectively representing the entire city.”

Tibbott, 60, joins Councilmember Diane Buckshnis as the councilmembers who have announced their intention to seek re-election. The terms of Tom Mesaros and Dave Teitzel are also up this year, as is Mayor Dave Earling’s.

The first official day for candidates to file for election for the Aug. 6 primary is May 13, with May 17 the deadline. The general election is Nov. 5.

“In addition to learning about ways our city functions, I have worked diligently to improve public safety through improved transportation and walkway systems,” Tibbott said. “As an example, while working on the Public Works Committee, we saw the potential for adding more sidewalks and ramps throughout the city at lower cost by adding a walkway crew to the Public Works Department. I’m proud to say that we funded that crew within the 2019 budget.”

Tibbott continued:

“To many, the most visible thing the Council does happens during our Tuesday night council meetings. During my time on council, I have greatly appreciated how much more effective the council can be when citizens, community groups, and business owners are part of the decision-making process. Edmonds is a remarkable community, filled with people who share a deep appreciation for our community.

“As Edmonds responds to the challenges of population growth, housing needs, regional matters, and environmental concerns, we become increasingly dependent on our citizens sharing their creativity and solutions to problems.

“For my next term, I plan to continue my focus on our community’s ability to provide necessary services to our citizens, e.g., public safety, transportation, utilities in addition to the amenities that make Edmonds such a wonderful community.

“While it will be important for us to budget wisely as we move forward on significant public projects such as building Civic Park, the Waterfront Activity Center and improving the Marsh, we also need to facilitate important conversations regarding longer range projects like the Edmonds Street Connector and housing options.

“I’m proud of the endorsement I’ve already received and the dedication of my honorary co-chairs, Gary Haakenson, Mike Schindler, Darlene Stern and Carl Zapora.”

Tibbott graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue and earned a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Washington.

He has a Master of Divinity in theology from International Christian Graduate University in San Bernardino, California, and a Doctor of Ministry in community development from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle.

Tibbott runs a nonprofit called LeadershipOnRamp, and also coaches and consults for other nonprofits.

He lives in Edmonds’ Seaview neighborhood with his wife Margaret, a teacher at Chase Lake Elementary School. They have four children, two in college and two in their careers.

Tibbott’s website is



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