Cassie Franklin to be Everett’s mayor
EVERETT — Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin will take over Snohomish County’s largest city on Jan. 1.
Franklin, 45, will become Everett’s first elected female mayor. She stepped down from a CEO role at the nonprofit homeless teen shelter Cocoon House a few weeks ago.
She will replace retiring Mayor Ray Stephanson, who had endorsed Franklin in the election.
Franklin reportedly said that she has a transition team in the works.
City Councilwoman Franklin won the close race against Council President Judy Tuohy in which the tallies tilted in Franklin’s favor on Friday, Nov. 10. Tuohy narrowly led polls up until then.
By Friday, Nov. 17, Franklin led by 169 votes with 7,803 votes to Tuohy’s 7,605 votes.
There were 2,062 write-in votes. Most likely went to Gary Watts, who lodged a late campaign urging officials to clean up the city.
Voter turnout was around 33 percent.
Tuohy conceded Wednesday, Nov. 15.
“I am determined now more than ever, to be your voice on City Council and work with the new administration to find the right solutions for the issues we face today and if those don’t work, I will be looking for other solutions,” Tuohy wrote in a concession statement online.
Franklin applauded her opponent in a statement.
“I want to recognize my opponent, Judy Tuohy, for a strong, well-run campaign. As a native of Everett, and Director of the Schack Arts Center, Judy has seen Everett grow and evolve and has made vital contributions to our city. I look forward to drawing on Judy’s insights and experience as we all work together to make our city safer and economically stronger.”
Franklin’s statement says the city is “poised for success” and that she plans to build on the current situation to “support and grow living-wage jobs in our city and region.”
Some of Franklin’s goals stated during the campaign include enlarging the city’s economic development department and to work with the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County to recruit businesses.
To generate more affordable housing, Franklin proposes that Everett utilize “inclusionary zoning,” which gives bonuses to developers to set aside part of their buildings for affordable housing.
One example is the upcoming multi-story building near* Pacific Avenue that will rent some of its apartments as affordable housing.
Franklin also said she supports infill measures such as mother-in-law units — small, low-rent rental houses put in backyards — and said a housing pipeline is needed.
Franklin said she would push for more civic engagement, and previously emphasized that her leadership style differs from Stephanson’s because she would collaborate with the public before implementing policies.
Franklin also suggested wanting to develop a big matrix of social services to avoid duplicating homelessness and opioid addiction efforts. She said she’d work with the county to build this matrix. She said her overall plan to tackle these issues is by
working with community groups.
Franklin’s ascension creates a vacancy on the City Council. The council will appoint her replacement.
The mayor’s position currently pays $181,524 a year and runs a team of more than 1,000 employees in a city with an annual budget of more than $530 million.
* - Correction: The location of the apartment building was misstated as on Pacific Avenue. The building will be near Pacific Avenue along Broadway. The Tribune regrets the error.
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