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Endorsements, Kiwanis, and Old Town issues


Last updated 10/31/2018 at Noon

Support for Schaper and Bigea

I’d like to tell your readers why I am going to vote for Amy Schaper and Petra Bigea for State Representatives.

Amy is a thoughtful analytic who would be a breath of fresh air in Position 1.

Petra, Position 2, is a naturalized citizen who enjoys the freedoms of her adopted country and is concerned about changes that resemble the country she left.

Please read statements on pages 52 and 53 of your voters’ pamphlet – you can reach them by using one of their contacts if you have questions for them.

Arlene Noyes


12th annual Mukilteo Kiwanis Salmon Bake a huge success

Thanks to our Kiwanis family, friends, the Mukilteo community and to our sponsors for continuing to support our Mukilteo Kiwanis Salmon bake. This year we raised over $14,000 at our three-day event.

Thank you to the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival committee and volunteers, for always having our Kiwanis backs and for being so easy to work with. Our emails, phone calls and questions were always answered quickly, professionally and politely.

Your team was readily available before and during the festival whenever help was needed. Your many months of meetings and planning proved to provide us all with a well-organized Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival.

Thank you to our Mukilteo Chamber for always supporting us by providing us with the use of the chairs for our seating area. We’d also like to thank you for the many hours of live music throughout the MLHF that kept us entertained as we cooked and served our salmon dinners.

Thank you to our many sponsors. Because of your generous donations 100 percent of the $14,000 raised will go into our 2019 scholarship fund.

See you at the 2019 Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival “Kiwanian’s at Play.”

The Mukilteo Kiwanis meets Wednesday mornings at the Harbour Pointe Golf course at 7:30 a.m. On the last Wednesday of each month we enjoy an evening meeting at Spiro’s restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m.

Mukilteo Kiwanis: serving the children in our community and around the world.

Pam Taylor

Mukilteo Kiwanis

Support for Lotmore

Being faced with the task of finding a new home for my daughter and me after divorce was a challenge. Could I afford to stay in the community we called home or would we have to leave the area and switch schools?

Everything fell right into place in November of 2014 when I rented a condo in Mukilteo from Mario. He took some time to get to know me and my situation and decided to reduce the rent making it an easier transition for me.

The condo was not only near my daughter’s school it was also just down the street from my parents – I couldn’t ask for a better place!

In May of 2015, Mario offered to sell me the condo, but the current market price was more than I felt comfortable with. Mario then reduced the price by crediting me all the rent I paid and also agreed to pay half of the closing costs helping me to become a homeowner in the community I loved.

I am a testament that Mario will always put people first!

I am confident that as our next 21st Legislative District State Senator, Mario Lotmore would serve the district's constituents with the same passion for and dedication to helping others!

Amy Fischer


Thoughts on Old Town issues

The federal government repealed rules requiring wholesale product prices charged to small and large businesses be the same. This benefitted big business.

While many cities’ water is polluted, the EPA is weakening water quality standards, which benefits big business.

The FAA removed many airline passenger protection rules, which benefitted big business. We saw one of the results: a passenger sitting in his paid-for, reserved seat got drug off a plane and was bloodied in the process.

Parking in Mukilteo on Front Street and in the park was, at first, $2 an hour through 10 p.m. Then, paid parking along Front Street was changed to end at 8 p.m., which benefited local businesses.

A Mukilteo brewery was allowed to use a public sidewalk for their benefit until this became a public controversy.

And now, Mukilteo wants WSF to remove fencing from their new ferry terminal project to benefit local businesses. Mukilteo claims it is listening to residents when they object to the appearance of the fencing despite being similar being similar to the fencing at the Rosehill Community Center.

Old Town residents objected to the placement of a cell phone tower on top of an apartment house on the basis of obstruction of views and how it looks. Apparently in this case, residents’ appearance concerns didn’t carry much weight.

Mukilteo dismissed residents’ concerns by saying the project was designed to look just the apartment house.

This will benefit big business.

The city of Mukilteo speaks with forked tongue.

Arnie Knudson


Thumbs up for election coverage

Thanks to Brandon Gustafson for his informative article on those running to represent us in the Senate and the House (“Who will be going to D.C.?” by Brandon Gustafson, Mukilteo Beacon, Oct. 24, 2018).

This piece helps inform our votes, being step one in the democratic process. I am particularly grateful for the question about alleviating partisanship.

Over the past 18 years, I have seen both Congressman Rick Larsen and Sen. Maria Cantwell reach across the aisle to work to benefit our country and our world. Most recently, signing a letter to the Administration calling for bold leadership in the battle against tuberculosis, the world’s deadliest infectious disease.

Sen. Cantwell was instrumental in getting this letter signed by nearly half of the Senate from both parties.

Both Rep. Larsen and Sen. Cantwell realize TB is an airborne disease that can show up anywhere, any time, so the way to protect us locally is to deal with this disease globally.

So again, thanks to the Beacon for sharing this information, and most importantly: vote.

Willie Dickerson


Liias has my vote

Hello, My name is Oksana Nesterenko.

As a homecare worker, I see the realities facing so many families in our community everyday. I also care for my own daughter with special needs, and am so grateful to have Sen. Liias as my state senator because I know he is looking out for me.

The work he has done has made it easier to care for my daughter and other vulnerable people in our community, and I want to make sure he can keep working hard for us.

Marko is a great voice for caregivers, working families, and everyone else. I’m thankful for all he does to represent me, my family, and my community down in Olympia, and I hope he has the chance to continue to do so.

Please join me in voting to re-elect Marko this election.

Oksana Nesterenko



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