Readers invited to submit questions for virtual Lynnwood City Council, mayoral candidate debates

To help voters learn more about general election candidates running for Lynnwood City Council and mayor this fall, the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce and Lynnwood Today will host a series of virtual debates in early October that will be available for viewing via YouTube.

Debate questions will be developed by Lynnwood Chamber President and CEO Linda Jones and Lynnwood Today publisher Teresa Wippel. Lynnwood Today readers are also invited to submit their top three questions for the candidates here. 

In the Lynnwood mayor’s race, City Councilmembers Christine Frizzell and Jim Smith are vying for the job. For Council Position 1, former Councilmember Shirley Sutton is facing Lynnwood small business owner Nick Coehlo. In the Position 2 race, appointed incumbent Patrick Decker is running against challenger Naz Lashgari. And for Position 3, former Councilmember Lisa Utter is taking on Josh Binda.

“These debates are being conducted remotely due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wippel said. “Similar to candidate forums being sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County, the debates are being scheduled at the candidates’ convenience and will be recorded. The debates will then be available for viewing via YouTube in early October, so voters have plenty of time to review candidates’ answers and make an informed decision prior to the time ballots arrive in their mailboxes in mid-October.”

General election ballots are due Tuesday, Nov. 2.

These debates are being supported by the following Election 2021 event sponsors: Edmonds College, James Russell, PLLC certified public accountants and business advisors, and Office Tech. If you want to add your organization’s name to the sponsorship list, email Kathy Hashbarger for details.

  1. What role should Affirmative Action have in our community? Is it appropriate for the government to attempt to mediate past wrongs that have resulted in inequities that our citizens of color experience today through affirmative action hiring practices?

  2. Monday: 10/04/2021

    Lynnwood Enjoys the most Ethically diverse population in Snohomish County and maybe the State of Washington.
    Should the Mayor, City Council and City act Proactively for these folks {Entry Level Americans} to gain to assist with citizenship, and integration with the Community of Lynnwood?

    Lynnwood’s Diverse Population includes: Korean’s, Vietnamese, Chinese, Ukraine, Russians, Arabic, Iranian, West Africans, Afro-Americans, and we can expect to add several hundred Afghan refugee families soon. These folks bring al lot to our City in the way of Trade, Professional & Business Skills. Not to mention being Multi-Lingual and Resourceful. Lots of Talent in these folks.!

  3. 1. What will you do to stop the microplastic that we are spilling through our sewer system and storm runoff systems into Puget Soundl? Are you aware many residents are paying an average of 16.00 a month for storm runoff now?
    2. As you know Lynnwood is cutting down our conifers at an alarming rate. Over 100 conifers met their death in the development on 208th st. In just the last few months, more will be killed for lumber soon. What will you do to insure that we will have conifers in Lynnwood for our wildlife in the future?

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