12 apply to fill Affholter's council seat
EVERETT - A few familiar candidates are among the 12 applicants who want to be appointed to the Everett City Council.
The 12 applicants are (in no particular order): Art Thomson, Jim Staniford, June Robinson, Jackie Minchew, Elly Smith, Richard Anderson, Andrea Sweerus, Megan Dunn, David Simpson, Kimberlee Nielsen, Steve Bugge and Judy Tuohy.
The applicants come from all over the city with about half living in north Everett. Three applicants, Dunn, Minchew and Smith, live in Lowell.
The council will narrow the field to six at this week’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Council Chambers, 3002 Wetmore Ave.
. The public can meet the applicants at this week’s council meeting.
Public interviews will take place in the afternoon on Nov. 13, and the council will make a decision at that night’s meeting.
The vacancy opened when Councilman Shannon Affholter announced his resignation to take the top job with the Master Builders Association of Snohomish and King Counties. His last day will be Oct. 31.
Simpson was a one-term council member from 1998 to 2001.
Minchew is on the November ballot running against incumbent Scott Murphy. Minchew has tried multiple times to get on the council.
Thomson chairs the city’s parks board. Staniford is a business owner who sits on the city’s historical commission.
Nielsen is late Councilman Drew Nielsen’s widow. Nielsen was killed in a whitewater rafting accident in 2012.
Tuohy is the executive director of the Schack Art Center. Anderson is an accountant who gave homebuilder Polygon’s finances a glowing review for the Riverfront Development in a consultant’s report to the city.
Dunn is the Lowell Neighborhood chair and supports pesticide-free parks. Smith is one of Lowell’s council of neighborhoods representatives.
Robinson has tried to get on council twice before. In 2012, she lost in a close race with Councilman Scott Bader in one of the highest turnout races in Everett’s history. She also missed out in a 4-2 vote on an appointment last December that Murphy won.
Robinson has the support of Everett’s firefighters union, although the council, not the public, decides the winner.
Last week before applying, Dunn urged the council to consider adding more diversity on the council.
Dunn said the council lacks a proportionate number of women, geographic diversity and socioeconomic diversity.
“When you have the same gender, the same ZIP code and same socioeconomic status, you look at a problem the city is facing and come to the same conclusion,” Dunn said.
The only woman currently on the council is longtime Councilwoman Brenda Stonecipher.
Most of the members on council have high-paying white-collar jobs and five live in north Everett.
Among the applicants, Robinson, Nielsen and Anderson lives in the Northwest Neighborhood where three council members and Affholter live.
The applicants will be interviewed during a special afternoon session 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Council Chambers. During the regular meeting that night at 6:30 p.m., people can tell the council who their favorite candidate is.
The winning applicant will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 13 after a series of private elimination votes.