Voting block is apparent on council | Letter

Jan 22, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

Isn't it amazing that four councilmembers did not have Terry Preshaw in their list of the top six applicants for the council vacancy, while listing others higher that had difficulty putting together a cohesive sentence during their council interview Jan. 13?

Terry Preshaw's opening and closing comments and her response to questions were comprehensive and presented in an easy-to-understand, articulate way. She obviously came prepared with a lot of careful thought about what should be important to the city and the issues facing all of us who live here.

It was apparent that four councilmembers, who I call Joe Marine's voting block, would not want anyone who is smart, articulate and tells it like it is on the council with good points of view that are different than theirs.

I noted Marine in the audience, listening to the council interviews. His public presence after losing the election has been notable, indicating he wants to be involved as he circulates the group, shaking hands and making conversation.

Remember, it only takes four councilmembers to run most everything that is done by the city.

Four out of seven is majority control and the other three, or less, councilmembers can sit at the head table, be frustrated and watch their views be regularly overridden like in the past few years.

Joe Marine is likely unhappy that he lost his longtime position as mayor. However, he has put a cooperative face on that event publicly.

But with his old council voting block, which now adds Ted Wheeler who was heavily supported by Joe the past few years, Joe can have a lot of control over future city decisions without being in an elected position.

After all, the council makes all revenue raising and spending decisions and the city budget is determined by the council. The council also makes city policies and determines priorities.

The mayor and her administration are primarily responsible to carry out day-to-day city operations and to implement council decisions.

If someone has sufficient influence over four or more councilmembers' decisions, that person does not have to be on the council or be the mayor to get a lot of what they want done their way.

You get what you voted for.

Charlie Pancerzewski,


Comments (1)
Posted by: Christine L Salditt | Jan 23, 2014 14:58

It is a bitter pill to lose an election or, in Terry's case, two elections, and by so few votes both times..  I'm sure she is knowledgable and wants what's best for Mukilteo.  But, as the advice given to many who were not happy with George W. Bush, or even Barack Obama , getting elected was: you lost, not get over it.  Let's try to put the negativity aside and realize that everyone on the council truly wants what is best for Mukilteo. 

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