6 candidates enter Mukilteo City Council races

By Sara Bruestle | May 22, 2013

With the candidate filing period officially closed, Mukilteo residents can now get a look at this year’s City Council races.

Bob Champion was the last to throw his hat into the ring, filing last week to run for City Council Position 2, presently held by Richard Emery.

In the race for Position 1, which will be open due to incumbent Kevin Stoltz deciding not to run again, Ted Wheeler will take on Terry Preshaw. Michele Meaker Pin withdrew from the Position 1 race last week.

Fred Taylor is running against Council President Randy Lord for Position 3.

In the mayoral race, Joe Marine is being challenged by Councilmember Jennifer Gregerson and Councilmember Steve Schmalz.

In the Mukilteo School District Board races, incumbents Judy Schwab (Position 2), Jeff Thorp (Position 4) and John Gahagan (Position 5) are all running unopposed.

Also running unopposed is Glen Bachman for Position 3 on the Port of Everett Commission, left open by Michael Hoffmann’s decision to retire.

In the Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District Commission race, Commissioner Tom Rainville is being challenged by Troylyn Goldsberry for Position 1.

Here’s an introduction to the six candidates for City Council:

Position 1

Wheeler running for council

Ted Wheeler is running for City Council again because he loves the city of Mukilteo and wants to be an integral part of its future. He also ran for council in 2011.

“I will be an asset to the city,” he said. “I have working knowledge of what it takes and will apply it for the community’s benefit.”

His priorities are to build the pedestrian bridge and more sidewalks, to secure Japanese Gulch land for parks and open space, to promote tourism and encourage Boeing and other aerospace industry employees to move to Mukilteo.

He also would focus on keeping and extending a positive attitude throughout the city.

“I will come in with an open mind, and be willing to compromise for the betterment of the community,” he said.

As a business CEO, Wheeler said he’s found that running a business with positive energy, direction and focus has the best results – and that the city is just like a business.

“My business experience provides me an edge, which gives me a rare sense of leadership in which I can make honest, unbiased and educated decisions,” he said.

Wheeler is a member of the city’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee and Parks and Arts Commission, as well as the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association and the Japanese Gulch Group.

He is co-founder of the Construction Mission Crew and has been a member for the last 14 years. Wheeler is also involved in Young Life of Snohomish County. He completes several mission trips a year to work with orphanages, young adults and churches.

In 1996, Wheeler founded T&E International Inc., a pre-engineered steel building sales and construction company.

Mukilteo residents for 13 years, Wheeler and his wife Ewa have been married for 23 years. Together, they have three children and five grandchildren.

Contact Ted Wheeler at 206-383-0665 or ted@ted4mukilteo.com. Or go to www.ted4mukilteo.com for more information.

Preshaw bids for election to council

Terry Preshaw is again seeking election to City Council because she remains passionate about the principles she fought for throughout her campaign in 2011.

Her message is this: The city needs to live within its means and put people before politics.

“We cannot tax, borrow and spend our way to prosperity,” she said. “I said that draconian budget cuts were needed – can we really afford a full-time mayor and full-time city administrator?”

Preshaw lost the race in 2011 by a margin of just one third of 1 percent. She had 49.47 percent to incumbent Emily Vanderwielen’s 49.77 percent.

She said her message has been ignored – evidenced by more tax increases and continued deficit spending to balance the city’s budget – requiring her to return to the political arena.

“It is time to put the people's interests first,” she said. “It is time to stop cheerleading. It is time to provide substantive performance.

“We cannot afford a return to politics as usual. We cannot afford future tax increases. We cannot afford to squander what few financial resources we have left.”

Preshaw is co-founder and past vice president of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra, and a member of the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Brass Ensemble and Tails and Trails Mukilteo Dog Park Committee.

She has also volunteered for many other organizations in and around Mukilteo, including the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association, Friends of the Community Center, the Gene Nastri School, Everett Symphony Orchestra and Kamiak Band Boosters.

Preshaw practices U.S./Canadian immigration and nationality law with her law firm Preshaw & Zisman, Business Immigration Lawyers, in Everett and Vancouver, B.C.

She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College and juris doctorate degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

She and her husband, Mark Thornley, live in Old Town. She has two grown children.

Contact Terry Preshaw at 425-343-8472 or courage4council@gmail.com. Or go to www.terrypreshawcourage4council.com for more information.

 

Position 2

Champion seeks council election

Bob Champion is running for council because the city faces a number of challenging issues – and he enjoys a good challenge.

“I am a good listener and will work hard to have an empathetic ear to what the people want and need,” he said. “My experience analyzing the facts, determining and developing action plans, and problem-solving skills will benefit the citizens of Mukilteo.”

His top three priorities as a councilmember would be public safety, local business development and transparency in the council’s decision-making process.

Champion said his strengths are team building, arbitration and consensus building – which he sees as important attributes for a councilmember.

“In my corporate career, I have planned and been responsible for multi-million dollar budgets,” he said. “I have led program development and managed product implementation on a global scale.

“I have supervised, trained, and mentored colleagues internationally. This enables me to work effectively in a diverse environment.”

Champion is not new to local politics. He ran last year for the old 1st Congressional District seat, which was a one-month term.

He has worked in aerospace for 33 years. He is a staff scientist of research and development for Honeywell International’s Aerospace Division in the Advanced Technology Group.

His management experience includes manufacturing, engineering, operations and aircraft certifications.

“The teams that I have been on, or have led, are successful because they have a clearly stated objective, sound execution plans, and are fiscally responsible,” Champion said. “This is coupled with a respect for the needs of the team and the needs of the individual.”

Champion holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio State University.

He and his wife Mary enjoy traveling, the beach and fishing and the outdoors. He likes to cook and is an avid Mariners fan. He is also a past member of the Seawatch HOA Board of Directors.

Contact Bob Champion at 425-493-0083 or bachamp@msn.com.

Emery up for council re-election

Richard Emery is seeking another term on City Council because it is his way of giving back to and supporting the community. He also finds it fascinating to be involved with the decisions that determine the shape of the city.

His priorities include following the city’s plan to manage the budget, supporting parks and arts, improving stormwater management, saving Japanese Gulch and resolving pedestrian access issues on the waterfront.

If re-elected, Emery said he’ll do his best to understand all sides of any issue and work to keep Mukilteo a vibrant, healthy sustainable and livable city for all residents.

“Serving on the council for six years has given me the opportunity to thoroughly understand the issues facing the city,” he said.

He said he would also work to better represent Mukilteo’s interests in the county and beyond.

“I have a good working relationship with city staff and other officials throughout the area,” he said. “I try to find solutions that work for everyone, that keeps us all working together.”

Emery was appointed to the council in 2008 to serve the remainder of an unexpired term.  He was elected to serve a full four-year term in 2009.

He serves on the city’s Public Safety and Sustainability committees, and is the Association of Washington Cities representative to the Washington Urban Forestry Council.

He also served on the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors in Seattle and Snohomish County for many years.

He is a landlord for 14 rental units on five properties in Everett, Camano and Indiana, and is self-employed doing home repair and renovation work.

Emery has a bachelor’s degree in religion from Albion College in Michigan and was trained in family therapy from Boston Institute of Family Therapy.

He has lived up Goat Trail Road for about 11 years with his wife Liza and two sons – Sam, a senior at Kamiak High School, and Max, a Kamiak freshman – plus one dog and three cats.

Contact Richard Emery at 425-344-1383 or rclaytonemery@comcast.net.

Position 3

 

Taylor bids for council seat

Fred Taylor is running for council because he sees too much waste, mismanagement and cronyism in the current city government.

“We have many challenges to face in the next few years, and I want to bring to the council the benefits of my varied experiences in many different pursuits and disciplines.”

His priorities are the proper management of the relocation of the ferry dock and Rosehill Community Center, fiscal responsibility and accountability, and public safety and traffic.

If elected to council, Taylor said he would work closely with the city’s accounting department, watch the income and balance sheets, and question the financial requests of departments.

“I like budgets that balance, and do not approve of deficit spending,” he said. “I would… keep an eye out for influence-peddling and under-the-table deal-making. Mukilteo's citizens deserve an efficient, thrifty and honest government.”

Taylor has more than 40 years experience in a number of fields: He has been a laborer, traveling and studio musician and producer, manager, software developer, consultant, wholesaler, retailer and lobbyist.

He has also worked nationwide in several capacities, which he said has allowed him to see municipal, state and federal government from deep inside.

“I believe that my many varied and successful experiences can help steer Mukilteo back onto a sound fiscal position, while helping to weather the difficult transition that we face as the ferry dock is moved and the final uses for the Tank Farm property are realized.”

Taylor is treasurer of Tails and Trails Mukilteo Dog Park Committee and is an elected Mukilteo Precinct 2 Committee officer.

He attended Olympic College in Bremerton, South Seattle and Central Seattle community colleges, and the Drummers Collective in New York City.

Taylor has lived in the Sky-Hi-La neighborhood since 1994 and has two adult children. He is married to Demaree Clay, with whom he has four dogs.

Contact Fred Taylor at 425-263-9046 or ftaylor@fredtaylorformukilteo.org. Or go to www.fredtaylorformukilteo.org for more information.

 

Lord seeks re-election to council

Randy Lord is seeking a third term on the City Council because he wants to continue to serve the city he loves.

“I am honored to have represented Mukilteo's citizens for the last eight years,” he said. “I look forward to continuing making our great city an even better place to live, play and work.”

His priorities as a councilmember include protecting Paine Field from commercial expansion, completing the Tank Farm transfer, purchasing the Japanese Gulch for parkland, and keeping Boeing's presence in the Puget Sound.

“My top priority is to continue to maintain a strong, cohesive, successful team of council, mayor and staff, to balance the many needs of public safety, planning, parks and recreation – all with an eye on maintaining a sustainable budget,” Lord said.

If re-elected, Lord promises to continue to bring an objective and fair perspective, weigh all sides of an issue before making a decision, and state the reasons why he votes the way he does.

“My team-building, leadership and clear communication skills have been recognized by the other councilmembers, who have elected me their council president five times in the last eight years.”

He seems himself as having been a successful bridge for better communication not only within the city, but throughout the region.

He is a member of the city’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Sustainability Committee and Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee.

He also serves or has served on several external committees, including the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Board, Regional Fire Authority Committee and the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association.

Lord has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University and a master’s in engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. He works for the Boeing Co. as a project manager.

Lord and his wife Vicki have lived in Harbour Pointe for 26 years. Together, they have two grown children.

Contact Randy Lord at 425-349-3655 or rdlord77@gmail.com.

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