Jenna Nand officially kicks off campaign for Edmonds council

By Brian Soergel | Jul 12, 2019
Jenna Nand

Jenna Nand, who is challenging incumbent Diane Buckshnis for Position 4 on the Edmonds City Council, held her official campaign kickoff July 7 at Anthony’s HomePort.

More than 50 people attended.

“I’m running because I am a longtime resident of this community,” said Nand, a small-business attorney. She is an adjunct professor at Seattle University's Albers School of Business, and shared that she provides respite care for father, who has dementia.

“I actually grew up here, and the decisions that are made in the next few years on City Council are going to impact our community for decades.”

Nand said there are two competing visions for the future of Edmonds. She is focused on the environment, the economy, and preserving the city’s culture.

“As a coastal community, Edmonds will be directly impacted by rising sea levels caused by climate change in the 21st century,” she said.

She listed some steps that can be taken to “save ourselves,” starting with the environment:

 

  • Preserve the city’s mature tree canopy;
  • Enact an incentive package to help preserve mature trees and discourage clear-cutting on private land;
  • Save Edmonds beaches and the marsh;
  • Restore salmon runs and feed the starving southern resident killer whales;
  • Reject unwanted development on the coastline, like the Waterfront Connector;
  • Make Edmonds the EV (electric-vehicle) capital of the Pacific Northwest;
  • Install more EV chargers throughout Edmonds; and
  • Collaborate with Puget Sound Energy on educational and outreach programs to increase EV adoption.

Turning to the economy, Nand said she wants Edmonds to have its own business incubator, collaborate with partners in the private sector and the academic sphere, such as Edmonds Community College, and provide incentives so tech start-ups would consider opening shop in town.

“I was raised in Edmonds,” Nand said. “I went to a local high school. My generation thinks that you have to move away from here, to places like Seattle, Palo Alto, or New York City to find good-paying jobs.”

The candidate spoke of other business opportunities:

 

  • Bringing private equity investment into the area;
  • Increasing the city’s tax base and quality of life; and
  • Encouraging internships with local small businesses, and trade apprenticeships with local unions.

A major part of Nand’s campaign is to focus on what she calls “preserving Edmonds’ hometown's culture.”

“Things that are very out of character for Edmonds have been occurring recently,” Nand said, “such as the a hate crime against a minority business owner, flyers being distributed by white supremacists in our neighborhoods, and City employees resigning due to bullying by politicians.

“Edmonds is a nice town, and the example set by the leaders at the top has a multiplier effect on our town's culture. We need people at the top to set the example on civility, inclusion, and kindness.”

Her goals include:

 

  • Honoring Edmonds' Coast Salish heritage and expanding the story of the town's beginning beyond just 19th century settlers who inhabited the area;
  • Installing more signage around town acknowledging the whole story of Edmonds; and
  • Having an official greeting for the annual tribal canoe trip that lands in Edmonds every year on its way to Bellingham.

“We have a chance to keep Edmonds beautiful, increase economic opportunity for all of our people,” Nand said, “make a strong statement of inclusion, and acknowledge our town's Coast Salish heritage.”

 

 

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