As frequently the case, the Stanwood Democrats Monthly Meeting included an array of Speakers to educate us on issues vital to our town.
The featured speaker - Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (picture standing) - addressed about 20 Stanwood resident after breakfast at the Viking Restaurant.
|Senator Mary Margaret Haugen addresses the Stanwood Democrats|
during their month meeting at the Viking Restaurant .
In spite of the severe reductions in State revenues, Senator Haugen did report some good news for her District. With the passage of SB 5639 WSU will be establishing a branch campus at Everett Community College making higher education more accessible to students in North Puget Sound. She was also excited that SB 5742 to reform and fund the State ferries passed the Senate by a 34-10 vote. After a tough battle, the legislation to improve our ferries sponsored by Senator Haugen was signed into Law by Governor Gregoire June 7th.
Senator Haugen then led a general discussion of the upcoming redistricting of the State legislative districts. There was some consensus that the 10th legislative district should include Camano Island, Stanwood and more of Skagit County instead of Whidbey Island. This would make the district more geographically compact and manageable.
Candidates for Stanwood City Council
Since Stanwood city council elections are non-partisan, our Chairman Carol Ronken invited all 10 candidates for the 5 open positions on the council to address out meetings. Three of the candidates attended: Larry Sather and Elizabeth Callaghan are running for position one. Incumbent William Carlton seeks reelection to position 3.
|From Left: Candidates Elizabeth Callaghan and William Carlton with wife Eileen at the Viking for the Stanwood Democrats breakfast & monthly meeting.|
Eileen and William Carlton moved to Stanwood in 1999. William was appointed to Stanwood City council in 2007 and was elected in 2008. He is now seeking re-election. He has served on all standing committees. His major interest is the finance committee. He strongly supports Stanwoods Economic Development plan. Carlton advocates simplifying City Codes and the review of zoning issues in preparation for growth that will inevitably ensue when the North Sound area pulls out of recession.
|Candidate Larry Sather addresses Stanwood residents|
at the Viking Restaurant