Candidates to answer public questions in Mayoral Forum tonight

By Brandon Gustafson | Oct 25, 2017
Jennifer Gregerson

This year’s election season is slowly coming to a close, and thus candidates are getting their last chance to try and earn votes of prospective voters.

Last Wednesday, Nov. 18, the six candidates for three Mukilteo City Council positions (Positions 1, 2 and 3) took part in the Candidates’ Forum and answered questions from Mukilteo citizens.

Tonight, Oct. 25, the final two candidates for mayor will have the opportunity to answer questions in front of potential voters, and make their claims for why they feel they should be the mayor of Mukilteo in the Mayoral Forum at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

 

Meet the candidates

 

Jennifer Gregerson

Incumbent Jennifer Gregerson won the last election in November2013.

A Kamiak High School graduate, Gregerson has spent plenty of time in Mukilteo.

Prior to being elected as mayor, Gregerson served on Mukilteo’s City Council from 2004 until 2013.

Gregerson graduated with a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington.

As mayor, Gregerson showed leadership in the wake of the August 2016 shooting that killed three Kamiak graduates, helped fill city staff vacancies and helped resolve issues regarding the city’s finances and accounting with the state.

“In my next term, I will continue to focus on public safety,” Gregerson said. “I’m proud that the city has been able to add a school resource officer without raising taxes, through a partnership with the school district.”

Despite successes in public safety under her leadership, Gregerson feels there is still more that can be done.

“Public safety isn’t just about answering 911 calls; it’s about taking care of our struggling families,” she said. “One way to do that is to add a community medic. A community medic works with the people who call 911 the most, gives them the help they need and frees up those resources for everyone else. I will work to bring that service to Mukilteo during my next term.”

Taxes are another big issue for Gregerson, who vows to keep them as low as possible.

“I kept my promise over the last four years to take a break from tax increases, through cuts and efficiencies,” she said.

Gregerson hopes those who attend will get their questions addressed and will see she should be reelected as mayor.

“I hope those that attend the forum are ready to hear a great conversation about the issues, and the future of Mukilteo,” she said. “I hope that they will see that our community is strong and that they should vote to reelect me.”

Gregerson has endorsements from Gov. Jay Inslee, congressman Rick Larsen, senator and former Mukilteo councilmember Marko Liias, state representative Strom Peterson and state representative Lillian Ortiz-Self, who lives in Mukilteo.

 

Dan Matthews

Matthews comes into the election with a wide array of experience in his own right.

A retired United States Air Force pilot who flew in Vietnam and Desert Storm, Matthews has served on the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission and as a director for Shoreline’s School Board.

Matthews has also served as a consultant for Boeing, and as a pilot instructor for different organizations.

Matthews lives in Mukilteo with his wife, and has had kids go through the Mukilteo School District.

Matthews attended the University of Puget Sound, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He then earned his master's in public administration from Golden Gate University.

“I have always had a heart for public service, and especially developed an eye for careful fiscal management,” Matthews said in regards to why he is running for office. “My financial advisory team and I have identified multiple areas of concern in our city’s financial affairs, and I am hoping to bring purposeful expertise to address these.

“It is clear that the current city administration is in disarray, with the budget and priorities out of alignment and thus in trouble,” Matthews said. “Discussions over next year’s budget have been purposely delayed until after the election – a fact that should trouble everyone.”

Matthews believes that the leadership is lacking in Mukilteo, and that a city’s leadership starts at the very top, with the mayor.

“I seek to strengthen our community through citizen involvement, strong fiscal management and effective leadership – which is missing today,” Matthews said. “I seek to streamline city government and responsibly address looming financial and budgetary issues – again, something that is missing today.  We must recognize that, unfortunately, our city government seems to be adrift. It starts at the top.”

Matthews said that he will address drug issues in the area and the safety of the community and its citizens, and will bring use his background in aviation for concerns with the city’s airport concerns.

Matthews hopes to see a lot of people at the forum, and that they can listen and get their questions answered.

“I can think of no better way, right now, regarding how to vote for our next mayor, than to attend tonight’s Mayoral Forum,” Matthews said. “I am especially hopeful that our young people will come and listen as well..”

Matthews has received endorsements from former Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine and current Mukilteo City Councilmember Scott Whelpley.

 

 

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