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Let the election letters pour in | Our View


We at the Beacon were excited and encouraged to see some 10 people toss their hats into the ring earlier this month for a chance to represent their fellow Mukilteans in city government.

Now that the primary race is on, we’re excited to host an equally robust election forum on our opinion pages. We want to know what you really think – about the candidates, about the issues, about city government overall – but we also want to set a few ground rules.

Though we’re typically able to find space for anyone who takes the time to write us a letter, we know space limitations can mean fewer voices of differing viewpoints. Everyone deserves to be heard, especially when raising new ideas. That’s why we’re limiting election-related letters to 250 words, rather than the typical 400.

Still, some letters won’t make it into our print newspaper, but we’ll always have space on our website:

As for editing, our usual policy applies: letters may be edited for brevity, grammar and taste, as well as clarity and concision. Send letters by snail mail to 806 5th St., or by email – our favorite – to

We’ll keep an eye out for derogatory name calling and petty attacks, but we recognize that libel laws allow letter writers to say just about anything they want about a candidate for elected office, so long as it’s true or a matter of opinion. If we can’t verify the accuracy of an accusation, we’ll set the letter aside and notify the writer of our concern. In some cases, we’ll invite targeted candidates to respond in their own 250-word letters.

Aside from those responses, candidates are welcome to submit one letter of up to 400 words per month – election-related or not. Beyond that, we encourage candidates to reach readers through the power of paid advertising in Mukilteo’s hometown newspaper.

The Aug. 1 primary election will whittle the City Council candidate pool to six – two for each of the three seats on the ballot. We will publish general election letters through the issue of Wednesday, July 19, giving candidates a chance to respond to any newly raised issues or concerns in the issue of July 26 before voters complete their ballots.

We believe civil discourse – a healthy, respectful exchange of new information and original ideas – is the best route for electing a community’s leaders, so speak up and join the conversation.

To kick things off, here’s an icebreaker question for all to ponder: what are the top three words that describe your ideal city council candidate, and why?


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