It was a small group but you wouldn’t know it by the many topics covered at the Meet & Greet with Karen at Julie Garner and Mark Miller’s home, Tuesday, September 26th.
Water and sewer; new garbage collection rates; what’s up with the old mill site; affordable housing; the opioid crisis; and even Community Transit Bus #109 which will not stop at the Park and Ride Lot north of town to avoid using the roundabout! This latter issue was a new one for Karen but she was on top of the others.
Karen’s detailed grasp of the city’s workings from her nine years of elected experience sparked a discussion of her opponent, John Kartak’s lack of elected or even volunteer experience in city affairs plus his failure to finish high school. Co-host Reverand Mark, the former Pastor of St John’s, is concerned that if elected, a Kartak administration might upset the balance of community service thanks to the generosity of many groups in town.
Our group wished there could be a debate where voters could compare first hand the wide gap of knowledge of the city’s 28 million dollar operation between the two candidates for strong mayor.
Perhaps this will happen at the League of Woman Voter’s Candidates Forum on Saturday, October 7 at the Snohomish High School PAC, 3-5p.
I took a spot close to the cookies.
Jeff Velta has stepped up to help promote Karen’s campaign with two fun community events.
Saturday, October 30: Parade of Pets from Cady Landing along the Snohomish Riverfront Trail to Kla Ha Ya Park for Treats and Surprises at 1p.
Saturday, October 14: Gatherings for Guzak
Feather Ballroom, 801 First Street
10a-Noon: Tim Noah Family Fun & Yoga with Karen
2-5p: Open Mic with Richard Fynn,
No host Sandwich Bar by Hungry Pelican
7-10p Let’s Dance! Featuring the local F Street Project
No host Wine & Beer Bar | Appetizers by Hungry Pelican
Suggested Donation: $10 each or $20 Family
And save October 1st for a Q & A Session with Karen at the Waltz Building, 116 Avenue B, 2-4p.
Jen and Jason with baby Oona live only a few blocks from us up Avenue C in a historic home built around the 1900s, quite possibly earlier. Jen practices yoga with Karen who feels privileged to have watched Jen’s body change as baby Oona grew. Oona is an Anglicisation of the Irish-language name Úna. It’s a name made famous by Eugene O’Neill’s daughter, who became Charlie Chaplin’s wife. (Got to love the internets.)
Many thanks to Gail Jackson Brown for hosting Karen’s first Meet & Greet gathering in homes, but in this case, it was on Gail’s wonderful deck overlooking the soccer fields. We came away with two short clips in spite of the gathering darkness.
Your comments are encouraged below and the calendar on the right lists upcoming Meet & Greets along with other events that include Karen.
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September 13, the Snohomish Networking Women met at Karen’s studio AngelArmsWorks in the renovated St. Michael Church at 3rd and Avenue B for their monthly meeting. As is the custom, the host is given the stage to talk about their work and Karen talk about the city’s successes over the nine years she as served on council and her current run for mayor. The following sequence of images is of Karen explaining the struggle to find the middle way as a leader.
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