Should a mayor or city manager lead a city? Edmonds Civic Roundtable to explore the pros and cons on June 27

Left to right, Mountlake Terrace Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright and former Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith

The Edmonds Civic Roundtable is hosting a roundtable on Monday, June 27 to explore the pros and cons of a strong mayor versus a municipal form of government.

Panelists include:

  • Mayor Kyoto Matsumoto Wright of Mountlake Terrace, who has a city manager.
  • Former mayor Nicola Smith of Lynnwood, who has a strong mayor.
  • A representative of the Association of Cities of Washington.

The meeting is available to attend in person and via Zoom. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions following the panel discussion.

The Edmonds Civic Roundtable notes that it has no position or recommendation regarding one form over another, but believes it is healthy for Edmonds residents to understand and discuss strengths and weaknesses of these two governmental structures.

The meeting will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on June 27 at the Edmonds Waterfront Center, 220 Railroad Ave., 2nd Floor, Community Room.

The Edmonds Waterfront Center recommends in-person attendees wear masks.

register here to participate in person or by Zoom

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