The My Neighborhood News Network will be preparing local voters for the Aug. 6 primary election and Nov. 5 general election with reports through the summer and full. Here is another of those reports.
For a challenger to defeat a sitting incumbent in any political race, it sometimes takes innovating thinking. Three challengers to current Mountlake Terrace City Councilmembers seeking re-election this fall are pursuing a team effort, meeting to discuss strategy, pooling some resources and working together on campaigning.
Stephen Barnes, Wanda Clarke-Morin, and Len French met last week at Voula’s restaurant in Mountlake Terrace to compare notes and share what each believes is important in the coming election.
Barnes is challenging Doug McCardle for City Council position 3, Clarke-Morin is taking Kyoko Matsumoto Wright for position 4, and French is seeking position 5 currently held by Bryan Wahl. The three council positions, plus posts held by Councilmember Rick Ryan and Mayor Jerry Smith, will be decided in the Nov. 5 general election. Ryan and Smith are running unopposed for their current seats.
Barnes, Clarke-Morin and French have labeled themselves the Terrace Loyal Opposition “because they are loyal to the citizens of Mountlake Terrace but in opposition to the heavy-handed style of the current council,” Barnes said.
Holding the current council accountable for their action to the citizens and requiring greater clarity and transparency for council representatives is important, the three challengers stated in a joint press release. Going forward in a tight economy for all of Terrace’s citizens and seeking affordable solutions strikes the right chord, they said.
Clark-Morin contends that each of the three challengers reflects a part of the Mountlake Terrace constituency: “the single parent, the working class citizen and the engaged senior.”
Barnes, Clarke-Morin and French plan on working in concert with each other on a number of their efforts to reach voters, such as doorbelling, fundraising, appearances at community events and a web presence. The three have already opened a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aBetterMLTtogether and a twitter account at @BetterMLT, and hope to have a shared website up and running soon.
— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski