Council races get rolling
EVERETT - It’s only April and now there’s a race.
Councilman Rich Anderson will be defending his council seat against Judy Tuohy this fall.
Both longtime community leaders staked their claims early in the election season by announcing their candidacies in late March. There is still time for more candidates to file for Position 7.
This race puts the voters in charge after last year’s council appointment process where both were the finalist nominees over 10 others.
Anderson won the nod over Tuohy in a 4-2 City Council vote.
The decision was criticized by vocal calls from some residents who urged the council to appoint a woman, and Anderson faced accusations that he was hoisted onto council as one of the “good old boys” — he was Councilman Scott Murphy’s campaign treasurer in 2013.
Since taking his seat, though, Anderson has shown his mettle on questioning spending decisions.
Anderson is a self-described fiscal conservative who said he wants to grow downtown and promised to reach out to Everett’s 19 neighborhoods.
As Everett recovers from the Great Recession, one of Anderson’s priorities is sound fiscal leadership, he said in his campaign announcement.
“Listening comes easy to me,” Anderson said in his announcement. “I respect other people’s views and try to be open minded and measured in arriving at decisions. Common sense is important.”
He has the endorsement of Mayor Ray Stephanson.
He has also racked up a campaign chest of $5,000, accordingto state Public Disclosure Commission records.
Tuohy is positioning her campaign as moving Everett forward.
“I view my candidacy as a continuation of my last decade of public service work and accomplishments to enhance Everett, building capacity in the local business community, and helping Everett take a step forward to achieve the goals that most of us share for our community,” Tuohy said in her campaign statement. “As a city councilmember, I will be committed to fiscal responsibility, public safety, building our economy and clear and open communication with our citizens.”
Anderson is a career certified public accountant. Tuohy is the director of the Schack Art Center, and has managerial experience in the private and public sectors.
Both Anderson and Tuohy have long track records serving local groups.
They also were once classmates as part of the 1972 Everett High School graduating class.
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