Perennial Flooding in Stanwood was another issue brought up by two of the candidates - Larry Sather and Jenna Friebel. Friebel, a hydrologist with an engineering degree from the Univ. of WA, warned that the flood planes in Stanwood were an impediment to downtown development. To improve the quality of life and make Stanwood more of a tourist (a.k.a. shoppers) destination, Friebel also endorsed a shoreline Master Plan.
|Candidates for City Council Position 5 - William Carlton and Jenna Friebel - at the Stanwood Middle School evening forum|
All the candidates have solid roots in Stanwood with relevant and impressive experience. So just based on what I gleaned from the forum, in some cases I would have to pick the candidates based on looks and charm. Not happy with that practice, I am looking for other sources of information. As always the Snohomish County Local Voters Pamphlet was some help.
In addition to the City Council races much time was spent presenting the opposing arguments on various initiatives, debates between Candidates in the Snohomish County Races and presentations by unopposed School board candidates. The best point made about any of the initiatives was the emphasis on the difficulty of selling bonds to finance highway construction if I-1125 passes. I-1125 makes the unusual requirement that the legislature instead of an independent agency set highway tolls. Investors in toll revenue bonds see the independence of toll-setting bodies as an essential credit requirement. On other initiatives my time would have been better spent studying the detailed State of Washington’s Voters’ Pamphlet on these issues. There was more insight into the County Candidates Mike Hope and incumbent Aaron Reardon on Up Front with Robert Mak on King 5 News. (now available online) Unfortunately there were some ad hominem attacks on Mak's show.
|Candidates for Snohomish County Executive - Aaron Reardon and Mike Hope -|
at the Stanwood Middle School evening forum
In general I think the Forum would have been more helpful if it had cut out the time given to the initiatives and unopposed candidates, allowed more time for the city council races, and been more flexible in asking questions. For instance the organizers asked the same two questions of each candidate and got basically the same answer. They could have saved a significant amount of time without any loss of information by just asking all the Candidates that favored the construction of a new YMCA facility to raise their hands. The same for the question as to whether the City should maintain its current City Hall. Every candidate basically said the we should retain the current building until the city could afford to build a new one. This type of question response would probably require that all candidates be seated at the stage at once, but the stage was certainly wide enough. It would also have provided for more interaction among the candidates that was sorely lacking.