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Last updated 5/22/2019 at Noon

Candidates should limit number of campaign signs

I have the honor and opportunity of running for Mukilteo Council again and have an idea to not clutter our community, and a challenge to all candidates for our council this year.

Each campaign season, citizens express annoyance at the yard signs lining streets and filling intersections throughout Mukilteo.

This campaign, I pledge to limit the number of signs I put out to no more than 60 (rather than the usual 100 or more). Experience leads me to believe 60 is plenty to cover the main roads and intersections, and make oneself visible to the voters.

I challenge others to do the same.

Last election, I quietly made this same offer to other candidates, but dropped it because one candidate wondered if I was trying to tell others how to run their campaigns. Another wondered who would count the signs. The suggestion then, and now, is completely voluntary and is the honor system. I certainly will not be counting signs, nor will I expect anyone else to do so.

Since all four positions will have to run a primary as well as a general campaign, there will be signs up from now through the November election. Let’s all try to keep our community beautiful.

Richard Emery

City Council Position 4 candidate

Unhappy with seat swapping

Editor’s Note: The following letter is regarding Richard Emery and Peter Zieve switching the seats they are running for in the Mukilteo City Council race, as well as Riaz and Ayesha Khan both filing for the Position 5 race. Emery switched from Position 6 to Position 4, and shortly after, Zieve switched from Position 4 to Position 6, and Ayesha Khan withdrew from the race on Monday. James Yoo is a candidate for Position 5. See page 2 for more information on the Khans, Emery, and Zieve.

I observed the episodes of the last minute filing of some candidates.

I started to question the wisdom, integrity and honesty of the office seekers.

For the purpose of electability, the candidates shifted from another position from which they initially signed in.

The same family names registered on the same ballot position on Friday and withdrew other members of the same family name on the following Monday.

If the episodes are true, it is a mockery of democracy and our election process is soiled by those candidates.

Our community and our nation cannot condone that kind of behavior.

My fellow citizens must make judicious decisions and must protect our cherished democracy on election day.

James Yoo

City Council Position 5 candidate


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