The October 24, 2015 letter submitted by select members of the Snoqualmie City Council is misleading. My colleagues characterize themselves as simply mindful of the greater good and impartial judges of who can best serve on council. The “Endorsed by Snoqualmie City Council” placards taped to Charles’ campaign signs also give the impression support is unprejudiced and unanimous (attached photo taken 10/27 at Fairway AVE and Ridge Street). The City Council has not put an endorsement to vote for any candidate in this race, and as a member on council I do not endorse a candidate.
No elected official is indispensable. Five of our eight elected officials have been in office for over a decade. Most were appointed and most ran unopposed in subsequent elections. In light of Charles Peterson’s extensive experience, he ran unopposed in every election this millennium. Joe Larson challenging Charles is the first time he has had opposition in any race during Snoqualmie’s modern era, which is great for public dialogue. We should encourage more citizens to run for office and avoid forming a unified front for or against any reasonable candidate. Otherwise, we risk forming the unpleasant soft cronyism that can plague small towns.
I sit next to Charles Peterson during council meetings. I respect Charles. I like Charles, but prejudice for Charles is hardly sufficient cause to meddle with the electoral process and thwart a solid candidate. As I began this campaign… I encourage Snoqualmie residents to research the candidates and vote for who best represents them and their interests. I seek for the democratic process to come out on top and for YOU to select the colleague I will sit next to in the coming year.
Thank you for your time,
Councilmember, Position No. 5
City of Snoqualmie
PS… Ballots are due no later than this Tuesday, Nov 3rd 2015.