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. Shannon Sessions submitted an opening campaign statement. Van AuBuchon did not but we are providing a link to his campaign website.
Shannon Sessions, a longtime resident and active stakeholder of Lynnwood, filed to run for the Lynnwood City Council.
In a press release, Sessions said she decided to run after considerable community encouragement, thoughtfulness, and prayers.
“I take this opportunity very seriously and I wanted to be sure I could commit completely in order to take on this important job and challenge before I agreed,” Sessions said. “The timing is right for me and my family. I’m grateful for the outpouring of support and would be honored to represent the Lynnwood community and to work with the current council and city administration in this manner.”
Sessions filed on the very first day of the official filing week to run for Lynnwood City Council seat No. 7, currently held by Van AuBuchon.
“I have a proven track record, in both my public and professional lives, as a visionary leader who understands the importance of cooperation, collaboration and teamwork to achieve desired goals,” Sessions said. “I want to use the cultivated attributes that made me successful to give back to the wonderful city I grew up in and love.”
Sessions said that this position would be another opportunity for her “to help make a positive difference and be more pro-active when it comes to keeping our Lynnwood community a safe place to live, to enhance and guide our economic growth and to foster an environment where families can continue to thrive.
“My extensive community involvement in Lynnwood gives me a unique understanding of the challenges Lynnwood is facing, and how I can on ‘day one’ start making a positive difference.”
More from Sessions’ press release:
5 Ways Shannon Sessions is Fully Prepared to Serve the Lynnwood Community:
- Actively engaged in and passionately committed to the community
- Shannon and her husband Keith Sessions have been married for 22 years and have owned three homes in Lynnwood. They’re both longtime Lynnwood residents – living, raising their family, working, volunteering and active in church – all within the city limits of Lynnwood.
- Their five children are or have attended public schools in the Edmonds School District. Shannon herself graduated from Meadowdale High School (during the “Chief” days).
- Longtime, active Rotary Club of Lynnwood member and board member.
- Years of volunteering in her children’s schools and at her church and other organizations.
- Veteran – served her country as a firefighter in the United States Air Force, active duty.
- Both Shannon and Keith served during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, stationed at Aviano Airbase in Italy.
- They are members of the Lynnwood Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1040.
- Public Safety Specialist
- Crime Prevention Specialist and Former Public Information Officer (PIO) and VIPS volunteer coordinator for the Lynnwood Police Department, 2005-2013.
- Excellent Communicator
- Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from the University of Washington.
- Editor and Staff Writer for the Enterprise Newspapers for more than eight years, covering a variety of issues regarding local and regional government along with public safety for South Snohomish County and North King Counties.
- Small Business Owner
- Owner of Safety Sessions, a Lynnwood-based safety consulting firm.