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Elect Randy Hayden for Edmonds City Council

by on 10/20/2013

I do not support Randy Hayden for the U.S. Congress. I need to make that statement, because some citizens of Edmonds, including some of my recent supporters, are confusing the Edmonds City Council with federal and state offices. Randy Hayden, as luck will have it, is not running for any office other than for the Edmonds City Council. His views on guns, the Affordable Care Act, or the President will have precisely the same effect on the future of Edmonds as his choice for the best Spielberg movie — none.

I do support Randy Hayden for the Edmonds City Council. He desires to conserve the best aspects of Edmonds: current building heights; conserving trees in critical areas; preserving and enhancing the waterfront marsh, for enjoyment by residents and visitors; support for small businesses; and holding small and large developers to our code restrictions. He also supports low-impact development techniques, such as rain gardens and green roofs. And, Mr. Hayden matches my goal of increasing transparency in Edmonds government practices.

Mr. Hayden has been a resident of Edmonds for 25 years, and wishes to preserve the beauty and ambience of our city for future generations. That’s what matters. Randy Hayden for Edmonds City Council.

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  1. Michael Bury permalink

    Very well put, Ms. Bloom – thanks for your post

  2. Comments will be posted only if they speak to Mr. Hayden’s expressed policy positions for Edmonds.

  3. Ken Reidy permalink

    The Kristiana Johnson / Randy Hayden “Coffee with Harry” on October 10, 2013 showcased two candidates who obviously care deeply for our City and its citizens. Having closely observed Ms. Johnson on Council since her appointment in June of 2012, I was intrigued by the opportunity to get to know Candidate Randy Hayden better. Mr. Hayden impressed me immediately. I sensed a humble integrity. He hit a home run with me when I asked each candidate if they supported the keeping of Executive Session Meeting Minutes or recordings for all Executive Sessions. I also asked the candidates: Why or why not?
    Mr. Hayden responded immediately by stating that he was a strong believer in Open Government. Mr. Hayden stated he believes Executive Sessions should be recorded and that eventually almost all records of Council discussions should be open to public review.
    Ms. Johnson seemed to have more difficulty answering my questions. She went off on a tangent discussing reasons for Executive Sessions and mentioned that no votes are taken in Executive Session. When asked again what her position was, she finally stated that she agrees with the current practice. This representation was helpful as it was difficult to determine her position during a related October 2, 2012 Public Hearing. A Public Hearing was held that evening regarding taking minutes/notes during City Council Executive Sessions. The related City Council Meeting Minutes do not contain any comments by Ms. Johnson during a very long, confusing process that included 3 main motions, 4 amended motions and 5 votes. She voted five different times but doesn’t appear to have participated in the related discussion.
    I am very impressed with Candidate Randy Hayden and intend to get to know him better in the days ahead before the upcoming election. I encourage others to do the same.

  4. Michael Bury permalink

    Well said, Ken – thanks for posting…

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