Earling endorses Tibbott; Peterson, Steves give support to Nelson

Candidates Brad Shipley and Kristiana Johnson announce campaign events
By Brian Soergel | Jun 06, 2019

Two mayoral candidates have announced big-name endorsements. Mayor Dave Earling is endorsing Councilmember Neil Tibbott, and Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) and travel expert Rick Steves have thrown their support behind Councilmember Mike Nelson.

“Neil Tibbott is a thoughtful leader who is without exception the most experienced and qualified person to deliver results for Edmonds residents,” said Earling, who has served two terms but is not running for a third. The Beacon first announced Earling’s endorsement in its May 23 issue.

Comments on the endorsement came in Tibbott’s newsletter to supporters.

“He leads by example when it comes to convening diverse groups and finding solutions to difficult problems,” Earling said. “That is just one reason he is so well regarded throughout the community. Neil is the clear choice to be our next mayor.

“We need a mayor who will truly fight for each resident. We need a mayor who is impassioned but not volatile, someone who won’t flinch under pressure. Neil is that person. He puts politics aside, solicits information from multiple sources, weighs the issues carefully, and then makes smart decisions. Neil leads with integrity, conviction, principle, and courage. I’m proud to endorse Neil and join others who also understand why he deserves our votes.”

Tibbott said he is “honored to have the endorsement of Mayor Earling, whose service to this city has helped shape brighter futures for all residents. The mayor is leaving Edmonds better than he found it. As I told the group who joined us for the announcement, I’m not affiliated with any political party. I’m running for mayor to serve the people of Edmonds.

“And, as your mayor, I’ll work to protect your family’s safety, guard our natural spaces, and preserve the unique character of Edmonds.”

In addition to Earling’s endorsement, Tibbott has the support of former mayors Gary Haakenson, Barbara Fahey, and Laura Hall; current Councilmembers Thomas Mesaros and David Teitzel; four former councilmembers; four Port of Edmonds commissioners; five Edmonds Planning Board members; four Economic Development commissioners; and School Board President Diana White, who is also running for City Council.

For more information: neiltibbott.com.

Rick Steves joins Strom Peterson

Nelson, meanwhile, gained the endorsement of one of the top legislators in Olympia, an influential Edmonds resident who owns the Cheesemonger’s Table in Hazel Miller Plaza.

“Exciting news!” Nelson wrote in a Facebook post. “In addition to being a strong progressive, Strom is a longtime leader of our dynamic downtown small businesses and a leader in efforts to protect our wetlands and Sound. Thank you, Strom!”

From Peterson: "While on the council, Mike has shown tremendous leadership in protecting our environment, addressing gun violence, and standing up for our first responders. He has also been a great partner to our business community. I look forward to working with Mike on issues important for our city."

Nelson also has a famous name for a supporter: Edmonds European travel expert Rick Steves. Steves will host a public reception for Nelson 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Steves’ Edmonds home.

Scheduled to join the reception are state Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self, Cindy Ryu and Lauren Davis; King County Executive Dow Constantine; Snohomish County Councilmembers Stephanie Wright, Brian Sullivan, and Terry Ryan; Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson; Edmonds Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas; and Marjorie Fields and Don Greenberg; Dennis and Lorna Lowenthal; Beth and Tom Sanger; Carol and Rick Megenity; Tim Hoover; and Shubert Ho.

For more information: votenelson.org, bit.ly/2Z155Lk.

Brad Shipley, Kristiana Johnson

City planner Brad Shipley, another mayoral candidate, has announced that, in lieu of a standard campaign kickoff, he’ll be hosting a campaign cookout open to the public.

“This will provide the community a chance to meet me in a casual, family-friendly event to discuss matters of the community and my goals as mayor,” he said in an email.

The cookout is 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 28, at picnic shelter 3 at City Park, 600 Third Ave. S. Shipley will address supporters at 6 p.m.

For more information: shipleyformayor.com.

The fourth mayoral candidate, Councilmember Kristiana Johnson, will host a campaign kickoff 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Anthony’s Homeport, 456 Admiral Way.

Johnson has not created a campaign website.


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