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Fraley-Monillas elected council president; Paine is pro-tem

Mayor, new councilmembers sworn in


January 9, 2020

Brian Soergel

New Mayor Mike Nelson with, from left, reelected Councilmember Diane Buckshnis and new Councilmembers Vivian Olson, Laura Johnson, and Susan Paine.

Breaking with the practice of one-year terms for council presidents, councilmembers on Tuesday reelected Adrienne Fraley-Monillas for a second-straight year during its first meeting of the year.

Although the one-year term has been used for some time, there is nothing in Edmonds City Code requiring new presidents to be selected every year. In past years, 2019 Council President Pro Tem Diane Buckshnis would have been named president, a position that pays $300 more a month than regular councilmembers.

Buckshnis, however, declined to take on the role after Councilmember Kristiana Johnson nominated her. Buckshnis instead nominated Kristiana Johnson. Laura Johnson, one of three new councilmembers, nominated Fraley-Monillas for a second term.

After three councilmembers – Fraley-Monillas, Laura Johnson and Susan Paine – voted for Fraley-Monillas, the outcome was assured to be a tie, as a seventh councilmember has yet to be chosen for Position 2, vacant after Mike Nelson won the mayoral race against Neil Tibbott.

Nelson broke the tie, voting in Fraley-Monillas' favor.

Fraley-Monillas then nominated Susan Paine, another new councilmember, as pro tem. She won, getting votes from herself, Fraley-Monillas, Laura Johnson, and another new councilmember, Vivian Olson.

Swearing in

The swearing in of Edmonds' new mayor and legislators preceded the meeting.

Mayor Nelson was sworn in by his wife, attorney Erica Shelley Nelson.

Brian Soergel

Mike Nelson was sworn in by his wife, attorney Erica Shelly Nelson.

Buckshnis, who won her third and what she said was her last term, was sworn in by former state Sen. Marilyn Chase. Chase also swore in Laura Johnson.

Paine was sworn in by friend Janice Freeman, while Olson was sworn in by former Councilmember Dave Teitzel.

Seventh councilmember applicants

Councilmembers will interview the 12 candidates for Position 2 on Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. They will make a decision Jan. 28, before the council's annual retreat.

Paine said she has already interviewed each of the 12 personally.

The applicants are Deborah Binder; Will Chen; Matt Cheung; Alicia Crank; Luke Distelhorst; Jay Grant; Nathan Monroe; Jenna Nand; Roger Pence; Robert Doug Petersen; Lora Petso; and Carreen Rubenkonig.


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