The following was submitted by Chris Frizzell, candidate for Lynnwood City Council Position No. 5. Frizzell is running against Benjamin Goodwin. 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.
I am a long time proud resident of Lynnwood. My top priorities are:
- Exploring ways to improve citizen awareness & communication with the council – Citizens often seem like the last to know of decisions that affect them and I would like to change that perception. I would like to pursue the idea of neighborhood groups and find new ways of interaction between the city and its citizens.
- Moving forward with others on the council to format a new budgeting structure for the city that fosters transparency in all financial areas – The council has adopted “Budgeting for Outcomes” as a budget model and I am eager to put this process that shifts the mindset from paying for costs to buying results into action.
- Finding workable solutions for homeless issues in Lynnwood & surrounding communities – Homelessness and caring for under resourced individuals and families is critical in any society. There are many causes, reasons and helps that are not a concern just within the city limits of Lynnwood. We need to partner with neighboring cities to develop a county wide solution that maintains individual dignity and respect while assuring a level of security for all citizens who call Lynnwood home.
- Promoting sustainable resources in housing, promoting green spaces and improving transportation as our city grows – Our city is projected to grow by 20,000 people in the next 20 years. We have a responsibility to our next generation to protect our resources and make a positive change in how we transport people, goods and services in a mindful and sustainable way.
I welcome this opportunity to serve the citizens of Lynnwood, bringing with me years of accounting and finance expertise, knowledge gained from a wide variety of leadership, small business and volunteer roles and a love for this city that I grew up in. I highly value hearing the concerns of the community so that we can work together to make Lynnwood a better place to live, work, and play.
Self-Employed Accountant at Eagle Accounting – 28 years
- Accounting, Tax and Consulting Services for Businesses and Individuals
- Registered Tax Return Preparer with IRS
Staff Accountant for Variety of Manufacturing, Title Company, Retail and Service Companies – 9 years
Meadowdale High School
Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University – BS Accounting
Continuing Education as Required by IRS
- 7+ years Coordinator of a non-profit meal program in Everett
- 3+ years Mentor to incarcerated women at the Snohomish County Jail
- Volunteer Team worker with Neighbors in Need in Lynnwood
- Volunteer Cook for We All Belong Cold Weather Shelter
- Volunteer at the Lynnwood Fire Department office