Election 2015: Shirley Sutton, candidate for Lynnwood City Council Position No. 4

The following was submitted by Shirley Sutton, candidate for Lynnwood City Council Position No. 4. Sutton is running against Loren Simmonds and Maria Ambalada. 

Shirley Sutton
Shirley Sutton

Hello Lynnwood Residents,

I am running for Council to facilitate change in leadership. In 2014, the council majority cut $1,200,000+ from Fire/Medical Services and $500,000+ from Police budgets! Public Safety should be our top priority! I am concerned about these cuts and the impact it will have on all us. I will work to fully fund Fire/Medical and Police. We need less “flowers and fluff”. We need basic services! The Council needs to set Priorities of Government with all residents in mind.

The “tax-to-the-max” Council majority must be replaced with Council Members who make the hard decisions, not just raise your taxes to pay for their unnecessary “wish lists”.

As a life-long progressive activist, my concern is for the well being of all residents in the City of Lynnwood. I am excited about exploring ways to strengthen our council’s impact on issues of importance to our residents.

I support better community outreach, neighborhood meetings, and City support to protect our neighborhoods from graffiti, broken-down cars and rundown buildings. Better Code enforcement is one key to clean, safe communities. We need to plan, with your help, for a major earthquake or similar disaster to keep our families safe.  With your support, we can continue to improve service and quality of life for all.

In my professional life I mediated employee and labor grievances, used sound financial business practices while managing a 1,000,000+ budget for a Fortune 500 company. While in education, I held administrative positions and increased my department budget by writing grants to create programs for students.

Other Professional Experience:

Twenty years in corporate general management, Twenty-three years in K-12 and post-secondary education.


Bachelor’s: Law and Justice, CWU; M.Ed, Heritage University

Community Service:

Served on many state, county and local boards and on Neighborhoods and Demographic Diversity Commission for the City of Lynnwood.

I retired from the work world in January 2013.

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