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Those of us at the Arlington Food Bank wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the organizations who were involved in helping us with our holiday food drive. It was with the assistance of those in the Arlington and Lakewood School Districts and the Arlington Fire Department’s Santa Run, along with considerable support from the food drives at our local grocery stores, that we received substantial food donations which made the holiday food drive a huge success. Overall, our community enabled us to assist more than 300 families for this past holiday season. Your kindness helped so many who have so little.
As a former Finance Director of the Arlington School District and prior Mayor of Arlington I would like to take this opportunity to remind our Arlington School District citizens that on Tuesday, February 14th a Replacement 4-Year Maintenance and Operations Levy will be on the election ballot. The current four-Year M & O levy will expire at the end of this year.
On Feb. 14, we will ask you, the voter, to approve a School Programs and Operation Levy (formerly called a M&O Levy) for the Arlington School District.
I would like to thank everyone who helped American Legion Post 76 Toys For Kids raise money throughout the year to help purchase Christmas gifts for the less fortunate children in the Arlington area.
The outrage over the recent incidents of child abuse at two major, high profile university athletic departments continues to fill the national print and electronic media.
I have been a member of the Lakewood School District community for over 30 years, as a resident, a taxpayer, a parent of two Lakewood graduates and one child to begin school at Lakewood in the fall. I have had the privilege of being a teacher and librarian for Lakewood School District since 1977. This is my community, my home, and I love living and working here. This fall I have been reminded that Lakewood is a great place by community participation in several venues.
Barb Tolbert’s vision and passion for the city of Arlington make her the obvious choice as our next Mayor.
As the citizens of the city of Arlington begin to make their decision for who our next Mayor should be and what attributes we would like to see, perhaps we should consider the ones we don’t.
I first met Jim Rankin after he had been selected to serve as our Fire Chief here in Arlington.
There are several very important choices on the general election ballot this year that need special consideration. One of them is for the “at-large position” for Arlington City Council.
This letter is an enthusiastic endorsement of Dr. Jeff Huleatt for the Arlington School Board. During the 30-plus years I worked in public education, I have known hundreds of school board members. Jeff Huleatt is one of the very best.
The Arlington Police Officer’s Association has voted to endorse Barb Tolbert’s candidacy for the position of Mayor in the city of Arlington. Our Association has never before endorsed a political candidate for a local city office. We have chosen to support Barb because our city needs the kind of forward-thinking, strong leadership that Barb uniquely brings to the table.
In her capacity as Executive Director of the annual Arlington Fly-In, Barbara Tolbert has shown her organizational skills as well as her dedication and devotion to Arlington. What many may not know is how involved this lady is in a myriad of volunteer efforts throughout this community — President, Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation; board of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club. Past service includes the Arlington School District Facilities Committee; Director, Snohomish County Tourism Board; and recently Chair of the EMS levy committee to ensure Emergency Medical Services to our community for the future.
Arlington Fire Fighters Local 3728 is proud to endorse Barb Tolbert for Mayor of Arlington. We are honored to stand with a candidate who has given so much time and leadership to our department.
As we are all faced with challenges in our economies, both nationally and locally, we think now more than ever it’s important to consider the type of leadership that we elect into office.
Ken Klein comes from a pioneer family who settled in Arlington and the surrounding area as dairy farmers in the late 1800’s. Ken spent all his life here as have his parents, well-known figures at Safeway and the Arlington School District. Upon graduation from high school, Ken went on to WWU and received his degree in Business/Finance and is employed as a manager at a large food service company.
A turn of fate made us residents of Marysville and not Arlington. The annexation in 1997 eliminated our neighborhood from the approved boundary.
Occasionally, a candidate for political office appears among us offering the needed credentials for a particular elected position. Such a candidate is Barbara Tolbert. Her seeking of the office of mayor of Arlington offers our community a candidate with the potential to continue the wonderful legacy of Margaret Larsen and move it forward into the future.
One event is certain … Change … nothing ever stays the same and Arlington is no exception. The right person to pilot and manage the change is crucial to the success and livability of our community. Right now, before the citizens of Arlington is the wonderful opportunity to elect Debora Nelson as their next mayor.
I recently read some survey results provided by the Snohomish Health District about the health habits of sixth, eighth, tenth, and 12th-grade students in Snohomish County. Use of alcohol and marijuana is still very prevalent; bullying is definitely an issue for our youth and statistically one-fifth of tenth graders reported they considered suicide in the past year.