Let precedent be council’s guide | Letter
Editor, The Beacon:
The following is an open letter to the council representatives of the citizens of Mukilteo:
Thank you for your thoughtful service to the thousands of Mukilteo residents, including me.
With the resignation of a member in the midst of a term, I am hopeful that the council will follow previously established (and transparent) protocols for the consideration and naming of a successor. Please put politics aside, and let precedent be your guide.
It is also a concern to me that outgoing members of the council will be allowed to name the new member versus allowing participation of the currently selected, voter-approved representatives who will have the duty to represent us over the next several years.
Following the line of thinking regarding voter-approved representatives, that raises another concern.
Among a few vocal members of our community, there is advocacy for the appointment of Terry Preshaw to the vacated seat. I don't know Terry personally or politically – but I encourage the council to consider each applicant based on his or her merits.
Please do not consider Terry to be "the voters’ choice," having narrowly been #defeated# twice. That tells me that, twice, the voters selected someone they felt was more qualified and more representative of their voice.
Last, I have appreciated Joe Marine's service as mayor. It may all be rumor and speculation that there was a movement to seat him on the council – in essence creating a house divided.
Diversity of voice is a strength – deliberate creation of division feels like it would not be in the best interest of any community.
Since I live and am raising my family here in Mukilteo, I care about the strength of our civic life.
As thoughtful members of our community, you are trusted to represent our interest in a healthy, viable leadership group to guide our hometown.
Thank you very much for your time, consideration and public service.