Election 2015: George Hurst, candidate for Lynnwood City Council Position No. 6

George Hurst
George Hurst

The following was submitted by George Hurst, candidate for Lynnwood City Council Position No. 5. Hurst is running against Sid Roberts. 

Why would anyone want to be elected to Lynnwood’s city council? It’s a part time job that requires a full time commitment.  So, why do I ask for your vote? Because I believe the next few years are crucial to the future of Lynnwood and I want to join with those who want to make our city a safer and better place to live and work. The following are some specific issues that affect every one of us.

In the next two years at least four major construction projects will be completed in Lynnwood, including Costco, a hotel and two multifamily complexes of over 250 units each. Has the city made sure that our streets and roads, and our fire and police departments are ready for this growth? I don’t think so.

In the budget approved in December 2014, the city council increased the city’s expenditures by over 7%. But, that same budget cut two firefighters (including a crucial training officer) and failed to make sure the police department is fully staffed. Does this make Lynnwood a safer place to live? No, not in my opinion.

In that same budget the council included 6 separate tax and fee increases. What kind of citizen input was used to justify all of these increases? None.

Open government with citizen involvement is the best government. So, why is it difficult to find out when there is a public hearing in Lynnwood? At a typical hearing no one testifies because people don’t know they are invited.

According to a 2014 citizen survey and a community meeting in April 2014 the citizens of Lynnwood said that public safety, traffic and more community events were a priority. Really? Then why in that same year, did the council reduce the fire and police budgets, cut the road budget by over one-half and while banning fireworks there was no effort to have a citywide 4th of July celebration. Instead our city newsletter tells us to go to some other city on the 4th. The priorities of the citizens must be the basis for budget decisions.

I have a desire to make a difference in the community where I live and I promise to be an honest, caring councilmember and act in the best interest of the citizens of Lynnwood. Please join me because it takes all of us to make Lynnwood a friendly thriving city.

I ask for your vote in this coming election.

Things to know about me:

Lynnwood resident for over 22 years. Married for 40 years with 4 children who all graduated from Lynnwood High School. Member Northlake Christian Church. Vice-chair of Lynnwood Planning Commission. Past Vice-Chair of Lynnwood Public Works’ Transportation Traffic Task Force. Charter organizer for Lynnwood National Night Out. Member Lynnwood Kiwanis. Licensed real estate agent. Manufacturers’ representative. Mariners fan.

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