Nathan Monroe: ‘I'm passionate about our possibilities’
Last updated 6/13/2019 at Noon
At Nathan Monroe’s City Council campaign kicked off last week, three speakers wife Jordan, sister-in-law Celeste, and current Councilmember Neil Tibbot spent considerable time sharing insights into the current Planning Board member.
But Monroe’s speech itself, in Gravity Bar's meeting room on Fifth Avenue South, was short and to the point, finished in under three minutes.
“A lot of people say you need to have an issue to run on,” he said. “They ask me, ‘What are your issues? What are you passionate about?’ And I'm not so sure you need a single issue to run on. I'm passionate about the entirety of Edmonds’ future. I'm passionate about this community. I'm passionate about our possibilities. I'm passionate about showing up and working hard.”
Monroe who faces a challenge from Laura Johnson is seeking Tibbott’s Position 7 seat, which Tibbott is vacating to run for mayor.
“He's got a great heart,” Tibbott said. “He's qualified for this position on City Council. One of the unique things about the Planning Board is that there are certain rhythms that go into making decisions, and those rhythms are repeated on the council. And so having been on the Planning Board for the last four years really has helped him prepare to be on City Council.”
Monroe, who said “Edmonds is going through a transition,” said he supports open space and sustainability, as well as managed and thoughtful growth.
“We're going to be building big transformative projects over the next couple of years. And most of these are public works projects: the Senior Center, Highway 99 corridor, Dayton Street reconstruction.”
Monroe also mentioned parking, the future Civic Park, the daylighting of Willow Creek and the construction of the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector as projects coming in the next few years.
“These are the exact type of projects I've spent my career planning, designing and delivering on,” said Monroe, who has a master’s in business education and is a certified professional engineer.
“These projects will define our town for the next few years if we build them right It means making decisions to benefit the people that live here, whether they've been here for 50 years or for five years.
“It means being smart and thoughtful, and how we incorporate new neighbors and also recognizing the opportunities and challenges that come with growth. It means having an open mind and being brave enough to listen to others' points of view and have honest conversations. It means resolving Edmonds issues with Edmonds solutions.”
Among those in attendance at Monroe’s kickoff were Mayor Dave Earling, former Mayor Gary Haakenson, mayoral candidate Brad Shipley, City Council candidates Diana White and Vivian Olson, and Port Commissioner David Preston.
Monroe’s website is monroe4edmonds.com.