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Edmonds City Council Member Luke Distelhorst announces campaign to retain Position #2

Edmonds City Council Member Luke Distelhorst has announced his campaign to retain Position #2 after being appointed in January 2020. 

“When my council position began I could not ever have imagined how quickly our world would change. Responding to the pandemic and keeping Edmonds residents safe and healthy became my primary focus. My heart goes out to the families, friends and neighbors who have lost loved ones, jobs, and are experiencing overwhelming hardship due to COVID-19,” said Distelhorst. 

In responding to the emergency, Distelhorst authored a residential eviction moratorium and the Housing and Relief Program that eventually distributed $580,000 to Edmonds residents. Representing Council on the city’s Recovery Task Force kept Distelhorst involved in tackling community health and safety issues and navigating how to best support the unique small businesses located throughout Edmonds. 

In addition to pandemic relief efforts, Distelhorst has led other impactful initiatives for Edmonds. He was a co-lead on the successful effort to pass a new city policy to address legal inequities connected to driving-related offenses and allow justice resources to focus on issues of more pressing public safety. Last fall, Distelhorst led a group of City and community partners to produce online events and advocacy work around mental health and suicide prevention for residents of all ages.

“These are the policies and actions I want to continue serving on Council for: to support the wellbeing of all Edmonds residents and to ensure that we are creating equitable opportunities for our residents to live, work and play in this wonderful city,” added Distelhorst. 

Distelhorst cites the need to include all Edmonds neighborhoods in the city’s processes as a central aim of his ongoing work on City Council. He has also been working on a project to adopt voluntary targets for the inclusion of underutilized or disadvantaged business groups, similar to Washington State guidelines. 

“I know that Edmonds residents care deeply for each other, and our community. Our community values for a just and equitable city must be strengthened and spread as economic development and residential growth continues to transform the city,” said Distelhorst. 

“I'm proud to be the Council liaison to the Diversity Commission and intend to be a resource for and amplify those voices who traditionally have not had a voice in their City government."

“We are embarking on major investments along the Highway 99 corridor, and there are real opportunities to address past systemic injustices and to create new opportunities and provide community resources that are accessible to all of our residents.” 

Through Distelhorst’s other Council appointments to the Alliance for Housing Affordability, Snohomish County Tomorrow, and the Edmonds Housing Commission, Distelhorst has seen first hand the challenges facing Edmonds and neighboring cities due to sustained growth. 

“I am committed to working with our community to provide more types, sizes, and price points for housing. Aging in place, welcoming new families, and ensuring that our first responders, teachers, and essential workers have options to live near where they work is good for our economy, our environment, and our city’s resiliency.” 

Distelhorst noted the many challenges that residents of Edmonds face daily, and said these challenges will be at the forefront of his thinking in continuing his service for the residents of Edmonds on Council.  

“We have great opportunities to make Edmonds stronger for all,” said Distelhorst in closing. 

A number of elected officials have endorsed Distelhorst’s campaign, including State Representatives Cindy Ryu and Lauren Davis, State Senator Marko Liias, Snohomish County Council Members Stephanie Wright, Jared Mead and Megan Dunn, Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Greggerson, Edmonds City Council Members Susan Paine and Laura Johnson, and Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. 

Distelhorst’s professional background includes more than 14 years of experience in outreach and communications work, in both private and public sector positions. Distelhorst currently does community outreach and engagement work for Community Transit, the Snohomish County public transportation provider, and is the Board President of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Other Edmonds volunteer work includes three years as the President of the Friends of the Edmonds Library and two years with the Edmonds Young Professionals group of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, where he is also a family member.

 

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