The ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election were mailed last week and voters should have received them or should expect to receive them by Tuesday, Oct. 20. As part of our Election Watch 2015 coverage, Lynnwood Today will be reposting candidate statements and videos and also will be publishing a Q&A with the candidates.
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
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!