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Buckshnis on opponent: ‘You don't know if she can handle stress’


Last updated 7/25/2019 at Noon

Diane Buckshnis

After being appointed to Edmonds City Council in January 2010 after the death of Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson, Diane Buckshnis defeated Bob Wilcox and Tad Helke in 2011. Four years later, she ran unopposed.

On Thursday, July 18, Buckshnis – Edmonds’ council mayor pro tem, holding the Position 4 seat – became the final council candidate to launch an official kickoff event. It came two weeks after her opponent, attorney Jenna Nand, held her own kickoff.

It was in April that Buckshnis released her campaign priorities, at the Beacon’s request. On Sunday, in front of more than 60 supporters at Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew in Harbor Square, Buckshnis admitted – with a smile – that her “recycle information” included old promotional material.

That material included a defunct website domain name and a note that “Bob Wilcox is all about construction.”

So although Buckshnis may be surprised at what looks like strong competition from Nand, who has support from the Snohomish & Island County Labor Council, Snohomish County Young Democrats, and the National Political Women’s Caucus, among others, she exuded confidence at the kickoff.

“My record speaks for itself,” Buckshnis told the audience, which included council candidates Susan Paine and Vivian Olson, as well as Joe Scordino, adviser for Students Saving Salmon, and Richard Senderoff, Marjie Fields, and Kathleen Sears, all involved with the Sno-Isle Group of the Sierra Club.

“I know some of you may not like all my votes, but you know, my opponent found three things wrong in the last nine years. That's a pretty good record. My opponent has no record. Everything she says, you don't know if she can handle stress because I can tell you, it does get stressful.”

Here’s a look at what Buckshnis previously said are her priorities if elected for a new four-year term:

  • Continuing governmental oversight to ensure financial accountability and transparency with new policies being developed or reviewed. The purpose is to address aging infrastructure so taxpayers can understand where their tax dollars are being spent, she said, and if they believe the City is budgeting wisely.
  • Continuing economic development that respects community empowerment and Edmonds’ small-town heritage – she said this should address housing, homelessness, and opioid abuse.
  • Continuing support to saving Edmonds’ environment, open space, and parks. Buckshnis’ key focus remains with the Edmonds Marsh Estuary Restoration and finalizing the Urban Forest Management Program.

Diane Buckshnis does not have a campaign website. Donations can be sent to Committee to Elect Diane Buckshnis, PO Box 613, Edmonds, WA 98020.


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