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Council candidates introduce themselves
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville City Council met with nine citizens on Feb. 11 who hope to fill the vacancy left by former Council member Carmen Rasmussen following her departure at the end of last year.
The Feb. 11 City Council meeting afforded each of the Council candidates three minutes to introduce themselves to all in attendance, while the Feb. 25 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. will give current Council members time to question the candidates before voting to appoint one of them as Rasmussen’s successor.
“My functions relate to the city’s functions,” said Roger Hoen, a city Planning Commissioner who has served on the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Reduce Underage Drinking Coalition, and also ran for a City Council position in 2011. “I’ve worked collaboratively, sought compromise and brought harmony. I’ve never left an employer under negative circumstances, and I’ve always been told I could come back.”
Cheryl Deckard, a lifelong resident of Marysville, has dedicated more than 25 years to community involvement, including her stints on the board and as secretary and treasurer of the Strawberry Festival.
“We should be warmer and more inviting to businesses,” said Deckard, who’s served with the Washington Festival Association and the Pride of Marysville Award Program. “I will not stop working on a project until it’s complete. I bring a lot of determination and heart.”
“As part of my job as an inspector, I identify and document problems, and then come up with solutions by working with a team,” said James White, a Boeing employee and former corrections officer who was a gubernatorial candidate in the 2008 and 2012 elections. “Traveling across the state gave me experience in talking with local communities.”
“I’m here because I’m a mom who cares about her community and her children,” said Kamille Norton, who serves on the city’s Civil Service Commission and Salary Commission, and is director and founder of Marysville Select Girls Basketball. “I’m passionate about liberties and sound fiscal policy. Wonderful things result when good people get involved and engaged. It’s up to us to make it happen. Marysville is a great place to live, and we need to stay on course.”
Robert Weiss is a hydraulics system and control engineer at Boeing who currently serves on the Marysville Salary Commission, and participated in the Marysville Police Citizens Academy. Although he’s previously lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, he sees parallels between their small towns and Marysville, whose quality of life he deemed “the envy of the world,” and he cited his engineering background as evidence that he’s “a natural problem-solver” who understands constraints such as deadlines.
“I’ve taught my son, who has developmental disabilities, that positive change requires you to do something, so I’m putting my body where my mouth is,” said Iris Lilly, a training specialist who trains others on how to assist disabled individuals. “Raising him has given me experience with communicating and patience, especially concerning topics that are emotional buttons.”
Scott Allen, a Boeing employee with a hospital consulting services background, currently serves on the Marysville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and as secretary for the Kiwanis Club. He touted these accomplishments, along with his residence in the Sunnyside neighborhood since the 1960s.
Gregory D. Cook, a retired Navy petty officer and work center supervisor on the USS David R. Ray in Everett, has also served as a former Boeing employee and neighborhood association past president. As a Council member, he would seek to work even more closely with the city of Arlington and the Tulalip Tribes to further improve the state of transportation infrastructure in north Marysville.
“I’d been volunteering all over, along with my job, until I started looking at contributing closer to home,” said Marvetta Toler, whose civic service includes serving on the Planning Commission, chairing the Diversity Advisory Committee, and various Marysville School District committees over the years. “I look forward to lobbying for projects like the downtown waterfront development and the manufacturing center in Smokey Point.”
The candidate selected by a vote of the seated six Council members will need to file for office in the next general municipal elections in November of 2013 to retain the seat, then would fulfill the remainder of the four-year term of the position, which ends on Dec. 31, 2015