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Well-funded candidates Lark, Moore take similar stances

From left to right: Candidates Alex Lark, Jeff Moore and Jordan Marsh.

EVERETT — Incumbent City Councilman Jeff Moore will face two challengers in the Aug. 1 primary: city planning commissioner Alex Lark and Edmonds Community College student Jordan Marsh.
Both Lark and Moore have campaigns focused on public safety and both agree there is a “new normal” in which the demand on emergency responders continues to grow.
Marsh did not respond to multiple attempts to interview for this story.
Moore and Lark support the city’s “Safe Streets” homelessness efforts. Moore advocates for the Community Streets workgroup because it “brings new voices” to tackle local crime. Lark supports expanding the embedded social worker program.
Lark also believes the police and fire departments need to be better staffed.
“We need to increase funding public safety,” Lark said. “We have police who are understaffed. As our city grows, we’re going to have more fire calls. If (police and fire) succeed, we succeed.”
Affordable housing and growth are key issues for Moore and Lark. Both want to diversify housing options in Everett.
“Everett should be a city where whether you’re a CEO or a front-line worker, you can afford to live here,” Moore said.
Moore touted the Envision Everett long-range planning committee as a positive step toward Everett’s future.
Moore believes in “honoring the many cultures in our city” by bringing them into help shape Everett’s future. He also wants to see a “more robust” envisioning process, bringing in more voices and utilizing more methods to track what’s being done to grow the city and what that progress will look like.
“We need new voices to participate and see who we want to be in 2025,” Moore said.
Lark is also a proponent for changing the way the city builds for the future.
“I love talking about how we build cities,” Lark said. “I’ve been very vocal for removing (building) height restrictions. We need to improve our housing stock.”
Lark also wants to see the city institute a land trust to “bring down the cost of a mortgage” and “allow the flexibility to create more affordable housing,” because “about 40 percent of our families are low-income.”
Moore wants to strengthen the economy with more “family-wage jobs,” more state funding for trans-portation and establishing commercial air service at Paine Field.
Lark wants to cut down on the city’s carbon footprint with forms of transportation such as ZipCar and Car2go — services that have quick-rent cars to drive from point A to point B — and urban development that “aligns with mobility” so the city is less dependent on vehicles.
Moore wants to continue to see education expand in Everett and bring in the city’s neighborhoods into the process.
“I have worked, and will continue to work, with district leadership to strengthen the ties between our neighborhood associations and local community schools,” Moore said.
Lark, 30, is a philanthropy manager for Housing Hope who was selected for the city planning commission in 2016. He’s also an officer in the Army Reserve.
Moore, 56, was elected to City Council in 2010, and is the only council member who lives in south Everett. He is the finance director for Everett Public Schools.
Marsh, who could not be reached for comment, served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and worked as a cadet with the Civil Air Patrol.


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