Voters in Washougal have a handful of accomplished candidates to choose from when it comes to casting their votes for the for two open City Council seats.
Candidates for Position 4 are incumbent Joyce Lindsay, a member of the council since January 2012 and Jason Dodge, a planning commissioner since August 2014.
Running for Position 7 are Molly Coston, a former city councilor, and Dan Coursey.
Taking into account experience, perspective and demonstrated community service, the Post-Record recommends voting for Lindsay and Coston.
Lindsay and Dodge are both active and involved citizens. From his time on the planning commission to his work with local youth, Dodge is clearly an asset to the community. However, it is Lindsay’s goal-oriented nature, experience, enthusiasm and determination to achieve her goals and objectives that set her apart.
Downtown Washougal has been a focus of Lindsays. She spearheaded efforts to raise nearly $8,000 to bring a sculpture of Seaman, Lewis and Clark’s Newfoundland dog, to the area. The endeavor was aimed at creating a public attraction in downtown, while also celebrating and recognizing the area’s rich history. At the dedication for the sculpture in August, she was already anticipating beginning work on her next effort.
In her comments to the Post-Record, Lindsay described her support for working toward introducing new elements to the downtown area — apartments, a grocery store and a remodeled library to name a few.
In her four years on the City Council, Lindsay has demonstrated that she takes her position representing the citizens of Washougal seriously. Her efforts should earn her the support of voters for a second term.
Coston served on the City Council from June 2005 to December 2011. She has experienced the work involved in being an elected leader, and she is enthusiastically back for more.
Coston, now retired, brings to the table her past professional work as both a small business owner and the employee of a large corporation. These experiences will be invaluable as the city focuses on economic development.
In addition, Coston’s community service activities are unmatched. From the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club to the UNITE! Washougal Community Coalition, she knows Washougal and its citizens on multiple levels.
Coursey, an engineer, is clearly an educated and intelligent person who possesses a desire to make sure the city is fiscally responsible and accessible to citizens.
But, for all of the reasons stated above, it is Coston who has earned the Post-Record’s support.