The following was submitted by Benjamin Goodwin, candidate for Lynnwood City Council Position No. 5. Goodwin currently serves on the Lynnwood City Council. He is running against Chris Frizzell. Douglas Jones, who also filed for the position, has suspended his campaign due to his appointment to the board of directors of a non-profit organization.
My name is Benjamin Goodwin. My spouse and I have lived in Lynnwood for the last 11 years. We have three young children who love spending time in the many parks our city has to offer. Recreation is just one of the many great benefits our city has to offer.
I am a corporate trainer and training developer by trade. I have volunteered with Boy Scouts of America, Alderwood Little League, Junior Achievement, and many different church organizations. As a councilmember, I have spent the last four years working with the city administration and many different stakeholders to help make Lynnwood a more vibrant, diverse, and welcoming community. As a councilmember I worked with my colleagues to – not once, but twice – pass a balanced budget; something our state legislature still has not done through TWO special sessions this year.
We were, with your help, successful in keeping the Sound Transit Maintenance Facility, or rail yard, out of our backyard. In an effort to better inform our citizens and keep our government accountable, we enabled the city staff to put our recorded council meetings online. Over the last four years, I had the opportunity to serve as a liaison to the Parks and Recreation Board, as well as serving as liaison to the Historical Commission, Demographic and Diversity Commission, Snohomish County Tomorrow, Affordable Housing Council, and as a representative for the city of Lynnwood on the Regional Fire Authority Board. I mention these only to inform you, our citizenry, that I have been actively participating, supporting, and championing for YOU!
I believe most citizens of our city want a safe, vibrant community that accepts citizens for who they are, listens to ideas our citizens bring to the table, and a governing body that tries to do right by the community by being consistent, honest, and demonstrating integrity! I promise to you that I will bring my continued consistency, honesty, and integrity to our city council for the next four years and I will work to make Lynnwood a community we all like to call home and a great deal more.
I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to serve on the city council, and once again ask for your trust, and your vote!