Councilmember Dave Teitzel will not run for re-election

By Brian Soergel | Feb 09, 2019
Dave Teitzel

Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Teitzel announced Saturday, Feb. 9, that he will not run for a second term for 2020.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to forego running for a second term as Edmonds City councilmember,” he said. “I am making this announcement now to enable potential council candidates sufficient time to plan their campaigns prior to the election filing deadline.”

Teitzel, 66, is the latest among elected officials who have announced their intentions.

Councilmember Diane Buckshnis will run again, as will Councilmember Neil Tibbott. Councilmember Mike Nelson previously announced that he will run for mayor, and current Mayor Dave Earling announced last week that he will not seek a third term.

Tom Mesaros is the only councilmember up for re-election that has not stated his intention.

Teitzel, who has lived in Woodway and Edmonds for more than 30 years, won his Position 5 seat in 2015, defeating Alicia Crank.

The official filing period for the August primary is May 13-17. The general election is Nov. 6.

Here is the rest of Teitzel’s announcement:

“It has been a true privilege to represent the citizens of Edmonds as a Councilmember and I have deeply appreciated the opportunity to serve. We are fortunate to have an engaged, informed citizen base here and are blessed with a group of Councilmembers who care deeply about the future of Edmonds.

“I have also appreciated the work of Mayor Earling and his excellent staff in running our city so well. While we have collectively made great progress over the past several years, there is still much to do. We need to set policies in place that will accommodate expected growth while protecting our environment.

We need to embrace the cultural and demographic changes being experienced here.

“We need to ensure Edmonds’ evolution is managed in a way that protects the character and charm of our city. We need be sure infrastructure and safety improvements are fully funded while building adequate reserve accounts to enable continuing provision of high quality city services during lean economic years.

“And importantly, we need to continue to focus on working as a team – including citizens, businesses and municipal government – in a collaborative, respectful and productive manner to make Edmonds an even better place to live and work.

“I look forward to the remainder of my term, and will continue to work hard to serve our city throughout 2019. Looking into the future, I plan to remain actively engaged in our community through various volunteer and service opportunities.

“And on a personal level, my wife has recently retired and we plan to take some time to travel domestically and abroad while we are still youngsters.”

Teitzel is a retired Qwest Communications executive with experience in budgeting, marketing, and public policy. His volunteerism includes work with the Jacob’s Well housing facility for homeless mothers, the King County Guardian Ad Litem program for abused/neglected children, children’s ministry, and the Sno/King youth sports organization.

He is also past president of the Woodway Highlands Homeowners’ Association.


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