Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright Wednesday night launched her campaign for re-election to represent the county council’s 3rd District, which includes the cities of Edmonds and Lynnwood and the town of Woodway.
County Executive John Lovick, fellow county councilmembers and elected officials from nearby municipalities were on hand to praise Wright for focusing on teamwork and cooperation during the five years she has served in office. (Wright, a former Lynnwood City Councilmember, was appointed to fill the remainder of Mike Cooper’s county council term after Cooper was appointed Edmonds Mayor in 2010, and then won election to the Position 3 seat in November 2011.)
“What I like about her, is she’s never patting herself on the back. She’s always doing everything she can to promote others,” Lovick said. “She is one of those outstanding elected officials. She comes to work every day. She works exceptionally hard and…I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say the word ‘I’.”
Edmonds City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas noted Wright has been a champion for Edmonds residents, working at the county level to secure money for parks acquistion and assist the Edmonds Senior Center in its efforts to secure a new building. “She cares about Edmonds citizens…and I think we are all very fortunate to have someone who is so dedicated,” Fraley-Monillas said.
Lynnwood City Council President Loren Simmonds, who worked with Wright while she was on the Lynnwood City Council, called it “a sad day” when Wright was appointed to fill Cooper’s county council seat, “because she and I worked very closely together thorugh some dark days in Lynnwood, But the good news is, that our partnership has gotten stronger since she went up there.”
Wright said she was grateful that others have noticed her commitment to cooperation in working on issues ranging from aerospace to trade to public health to public transit, “because we can’t do anything alone. It always takes multiple vote, multiple people to get anything done.”
To prove her point, her counterparts who also represent South Snohomish County Districts — Brian Sullivan of District 2 (Everett, Mukilteo and Tulalip) and Terry Ryan of District 4 (Bothell, Mill Creek, part of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier) — showed up to support her at the campaign event.
South Snohomish County “doesn’t have those artificial borders,” Wright said. “We work as one cooperative community and I think that is our strength. When we look out for one another, we can get so much more done.”
Wright, a Democrat, chairs the County Council’s Operations Committee, which oversees the county airport, Paine Field, and the auditor, information services, facilities, and parks and recreation departments. She also serves as vice chair of the Snohomish County Health District, and serves on the Puget Sound Regional Council Operations Committee, Community Transit Board, Snohomish County Tomorrow and Conservation Futures Board.
A former high school teacher and librarian, Wright and her husband have lived in Lynnwood for almost 20 years and have one son.
You can visit Wright’s campaign website here.