Lynnwood City Council Vice President Stephanie Wright has been unanimously appointed to the Snohomish County Council.
Wright will fill position three, the seat vacated by Mike Cooper when he left to become the mayor of Edmonds. She’s the first woman on the County Council since 2001.
During the interview with the four existing county councilmembers yesterday, Wright said her experience through three recent budget reductions in Lynnwood would help aid the county’s budget process.
“I have been on the forefront of the budget solution,” she said. She drew a laugh from the crowd when she said, “My name is Stephanie Wright. I’m from lynnwood and we’ve had budget problems.”
Wright said she tends to be solution based and has strong personal relationships with department heads in Lynnwood.
Wright was up against Edmonds City Councilmember D.J. Wilson and community activist Maria Ambalada.
Wilson cited his experience as a college professor, city councilman and business owner. He said he has experience with creating sustainable budgets on the Edmonds City Council and is not afraid of making unpopular cuts.
He added that listening is key to being an effective leader. “Politicians don’t do enough of it. Constituents need far more than we think.”
After meeting in private for 20 minutes, the four County Councilmembers emerged to announce their unanimous decision. A judge was on hand to swear in Wright immediately after she was appointed.
She currently works as a librarian and teacher in the Northshore School District but will leave that job to serve full-time on the County Council. Her new job pays $102,779 per year.
The remaining Lynnwood City Councilmembers will appoint Wright’s replacement until an election is held to fill the seat.