The following was submitted by Loren Simmonds, candidate for Lynnwood City Council Position No. 4. Simmonds currently serves on the Lynnwood City Council. He is running against Maria Ambalada and Shirley Sutton.
P.O. Box 2193 Lynnwood, WA 98036-2193
Phone: (425) 750-0704 e-mail: LorenSimmonds@aol.com
Lynnwood City Council Election – 2015
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND:
I have been a resident and homeowner in Lynnwood for almost 35 years. My two children attended our public schools and both graduated from Meadowdale High School. Today, I am the proud “Papa Loren” of five grandchildren.
I have worked in the field of resource development virtually all of my professional career. I have served as an advisor to over 300 worthy non-profits agencies. I have owned and operated my own business plus doing contract work for several national firms.
I have three academic degrees including a BA, MA, and M.Div. While serving on the City Council, I earned the Advanced Leadership Certification from the Association of Washington Cities.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL?
I am seeking re-election to the City Council. I have served on the Council from 2000 to 2015 and have served as Council President 8 of 16 years.
Lynnwood has its critics, and we do have our challenges as a community. However, the evidence clearly indicates that Lynnwood is on the cusp of becoming the major urban center of South Snohomish County. Our city is rapidly becoming a vibrant, sustainable community with engaged citizens and an open accountable government.
I am committed to working closely with the Council, Mayor, citizens and stakeholders on major issues that will define the future of our community for the better in the years to come. Together, we can and will turn our community vision into reality.
WHAT ARE THE MAYOR ISSUES FACING LYNNWOOD?
- We must find and maintain adequate revenue sources to upgrade our aging infrastructure especially streets and arterials. We have streets in our neighborhoods that have not been repaired in 50 years. Our arterials are taking a pounding. Our traffic volume is equal to a city of 80,000 to 100,000 people including many buses and trucks.
- Economic Diversity. We must push to create incentives for companies to locate in Lynnwood that have a Green Footprint and pay family wages that enable employees to live, work and recreate in Lynnwood. We need more balance and not depend on retail sales and the hospitality industry.
- Aging Population. With the growing senior population in Lynnwood coupled with the imminent annexation of our urban growth area, we need to provide a senior/community center that meets the needs of various age groups. Especially senior citizens.
- Neighborhood Councils. The building blocks for a transformed community are neighborhood councils. They will provide venues for coming together; initiate new ways to foster a sense of community; promote neighborhood identification; empower residents to affect change and serve as “resident consultants” to the elected officials on projects and priorities in their respective areas.
- Sno-Isle Partnership. Strengthen our working relationship with the Sno-Isle Library to expand Library services in our rapidly developing City Center. This is a major resource to all South County.
Vote for LOREN SIMMONDS on August 4th