John Zambrano Will Seek Re-Election for City Council Position 7


John Zambrano released the statement below today saying that he will seek to be re-elected to Mountlake Terrace City Council Position 7. The only other person registered to run for Postion 7 at this time is Community Policiing Advisory Board member, Kim Michel.

City Councilman John Zambrano, a retired 20 year Navy Veteran and 38 year resident of Mountlake Terrace, has announced he will run for re-election. Zambrano has been married to his bride Janice for 45 years and they have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Presently, Zambrano is president of ESCA( Emergency Services Coordinating Agency), a past 5 year member of the Board of Directors for 911 known as SnoCom, served eight years as a member of Mountlake Terrace Parks and Recreation Commission, “helping to provide opportunities for family activities in Mountlake Terrace’s parks and recreation programs,” he said.

Zambrano is also one of the first graduates of the Mountlake Terrace Citizens Police Academy. Zambrano was the first councilmember in the history of Mountlake Terrace city council to earn the AWC (All Washington Cities) graduate certificate of Municipal Leadership Training award. Zambrano is on public record for attending more council meetings than any of the present sitting councilmembers. “You have to be present at the table where decisions are made if you are representing those who elected you”, said Zambrano.

Zambrano has focused on transparency of city government by publishing a weekly Z-Man Community News for the past ten years which he disseminates to over 600 hundred citizens in Mountlake Terrace. It is important to Zambrano, he said, that people be informed of key issues that will directly affect their properties and public safety. For the past eight years Zambrano has voted to balance the city budget, plan and maintain an aggressive street paving program, and supported revitalizing the downtown corridor.

Zambrano, 69, said he plans to doorbell as many Mountlake Terrace residents as possible by election day. I would like to finish one more project before I end my public service and that is to help plan and build a new downtown business district.

Zambrano is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and has an Associates degree in Professional Management from Edmonds Community College.

After serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy, he retired and worked as a letter carrier in Mountlake Terrace for 22 years. While working for the Postal Service he became a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers and served five years as trustee in his local union NALC 791 of which he still is a member.

Zambrano said he still is connected to the U.S. Navy through the Fleet Reserve Association and Mountlake Terrace American Legion Post 234 where presently he holds the Finance Officer position as well as being their hall manager. Zambrano also serves as chaplain for VFW Post 1040. In the past Zambrano served as auditing trustee for the FRA of Seattle.

If re-elected, Zambrano says he will bring eight years of council experience, integrity, and accountability to the city government. Furthermore, he will keep the citizens of Mountlake Terrace informed and acquire the pertinent information required to make decisions for the city as a whole.


  1. You have had 8 years to plan and build the downtown corridor, it is time for someone else to come in and clean up the mess and get the work DONE. There us more to effective leadership than just showing up.

    • Maybe this is something you want to express to the rest of those on the City Council.  Many have worn out thier welcome representing the people of Mountlake Terrace.

      • I am not a fan of many on our council, but Zambrano’s behavior is erratic and he regularly bullies other council members and the public he is charged with serving.  

  2. With Zambrano, at least the citizens can count on one individual to speak up for them instead of being taken advantage of ‘yes’ men and women on the council who tend to bow to political pressure by almighty Mayor Smith. His challenges to the status quo is a necessary component of true leadership in stark contrast to the seeming puppet show of the others that make up the council. For my money, I want someone to put the cities residents first and not someones personal ‘agenda’ and by reelecting John Zambrano it is in keeping with the integrity, transparency and leadership we should all expect and demand from our leaders.

    As for communication, Mr. Zambrano is the ‘only’ council member that has ever responded to my concerns and provides a regular newsletter. Perhaps the question ought to be, why do the other council members hide behind the email screening done at the city rather than provide a direct email contact? Shouldn’t you demand accountability and accessibility from your elected leaders? After all they work for you.


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