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Three longtime locals looking to snag open council seat

SNOHOMISH — Lisa Caldwell, Steve Dana and Meagan Gray are longtime locals vying for City Council position No. 7 being vacated by Councilman Tom Hamilton.
Dana has already served two terms on Snohomish City Council in the 1990s and three years as the city’s weak mayor. He is running a campaign of experience in a time when city government is changing.
“I can offer stability,” Dana said.
Gray wants to bring her community connections to council.
“I work downtown, I live downtown…I’m constantly talking to people,” Gray said. “I’m really involved in the city and I plan on staying here.”
Caldwell said she could “bring a lightness” to the council at this time of change as well as transparency.
“I’m transparent with everything I do,” Caldwell said.
The three candidates emphasized maintaining Snohomish’s small town values.
“People come to Snohomish because they see our charm,” Gray said.
Caldwell wants to boost the town’s traditions like the Easter parade and Christmas-time decorations.
Dana said he’d strive to renovate underutilized areas of town.
Gray said she would deal with the abandoned buildings in the city-designated Pilchuck District in the east.
All three candidates want to see First Street flourish.
Caldwell said asking stores to stay open past 5 p.m. could bring more tourists to the area.
On the subject of the marijuana ban in town, the candidates deferred to this November’s advisory vote.
Caldwell said she wouldn’t continue the ban if the results of the vote were in favor of recreational sales, although she isn’t pro-marijuana.
“Personally, I’m against the sale of marijuana in the city of Snohomish,” Caldwell said. “I don’t think we need it.”
If the ban ended, Caldwell would want to see the revenue brought from the marijuana tax to go to homeless, drug and after school programs.
Gray said she would honor the vote, as well.
“I’m glad it’s going to a vote,” Gray said.
Dana said the city’s ban on marijuana has been hindered by nearby shops.
“If our refusal to adapt to recreational marijuana in town could’ve eliminated marijuana stores from pro-liferating along our borders, it would’ve been a useful exercise,” Dana said. “We’re not controlling how marijuana sales are going on around our town.”
Gray, 28, is a hairstylist at Luxe Salon, volunteers at the food bank and is a board member of the historic society.
Dana, 67, is a realtor and former restaurant owner. He served on the planning commission, at the senior center and chamber of commerce and is currently in the Kiwanis.
Caldwell, 52, is a sales and marketing manager at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions in Monroe and has been active in the Snohomish High School Panther Booster Club and is a Rotarian.

 

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