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Letter: I began by asking questions; now I’m running for council


October 4, 2017

When my wife and I moved here from the other side of Paine Field, we knew Mukilteo as a city bustling with potential. We started having discussions at the dinner table about why that potential wasn't fully realized.

We asked each other: “Why do we have sidewalks that end suddenly?” We noticed that on some busy roads there are no sidewalks at all.

Our kids ran the one-mile run at Columbia, trained hard with cross country at Harbour Pointe, and are now at Kamiak. They run down our streets. They run down the Speedway to 7-11 for a Slurpee. They're exposed in some of those areas to heavy traffic and little protection.

I started going to council meetings. I’d served on the school district’s budget committee, and wanted to learn more about the priorities and operations of our city. I manage a large staff and budget at work and have a master’s in business, but a municipal budget is unique.

I put in the time. I learned more. I started speaking up at council meetings on everything from sidewalks to our cash reserve policy. I got involved with the city’s Long-Range Financial Planning committee and continued to come to council meetings in an effort to keep up-to-date on the issues we face.

Along the way, members of council have been encouraging. Some have told me that they have found my comments and perspective valuable, and sometimes council members ask questions that I posed previously.

I realized I was making a difference.

I’d like to continue making a difference. With the departure of Randy Lord and Ted Wheeler, with the city’s revenue flat and expenses climbing, I think a rational, experienced managerial and financial voice is needed now more than ever.

If we don’t address our problems today, they will be our children’s problems tomorrow. Our current council has done some great things, but I think we can do even better. I believe that’s why most of them have endorsed me. I believe that's why I've been endorsed by our firefighters union, our mayor and the Everett Herald.

A couple of simple questions at the kitchen table have led me to investigate and even become passionate about helping our city move forward. I’d like to put my experience to work for the city of Mukilteo, and I hope to earn your vote.

Tony Markey City Council Candidate, Position 3


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