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Randy Hayden Announces Bid for Edmonds City Council

The Edmonds businessman said he would focus on tourism expansion and attracting high-tech jobs if elected.

Randy Hayden announced he intends to seek election to Edmonds City Council, Position 1. Kristiana Johnson was

Hayden said he has actively lived and served in Edmonds about 25 years, and lived in the surrounding area another 25 years.

He said his community service highlights include " coaching, serving at the Union Gospel Mission, hosting classes on the Constitution and teaching the 4,5 and 6 year old children at my church." Hayden said he successfully runs two companies.

Hayden previously ran for the state House of Representatives in the 32nd legislative district, and currently serves on the Snohomish County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board and the We Surround Puget Sound Board.

"I would be humbled, if elected, to bring my leadership and business experience to the Edmonds City Council," Hayden told Patch. "My goals for Edmonds are to expand our Tourism business downtown and bring more High Tec jobs along the Hwy 99 corridor. I encourage each Edmonds resident to help your own city by buying consumables such as groceries and gasoline in Edmonds and to use the services of Edmonds businesses whenever possible. Running city government is no different than running a business or a household. I am big on fiscal responsibility." 

Hayden said that so far, he has been endorsed by Benjamin Goodwin, Lynnwood City Council; Rick Forschler, SeaTac City Council; and Roger Haskin, Retired Stanwood City Council member.

Joe M March 28, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Mr. Hayden received less than 28% of the votes in the last election. None of the people who endorse him live in Edmonds. I don't know him, so it's hard to say whether he is courageous or stubborn, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. I would be surprised if Councilmember Johnson is at all concerned at this point.
Chris Funder March 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM
His profile makes him sound like a Tea Party Freak.
Peggy Hutt March 29, 2013 at 03:05 AM
GO Randy! We are all Washingtonians now! So this PC neighbor of yours says "Go for it" & whatever we can do to help we are here!
Jeanne Gustafson March 29, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I'm going to have to admit that it's hard for me to understand why you would refer to someone willing to aspire to public service a freak, Chris. Are people of various political beliefs not entitled to such, or not entitled to seek public office? Randy is frank in his beliefs, service, and where his endorsements come from, and I'm quite sure he's not alone in his views. I'm not sure I would be brave enough to put myself out there in that way, given what I've seen individuals endure in political campaigns, but I will say I applaud all who do.
Randy Hayden March 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM
When you label someone and call them names you lose all creditability. About a year back I was called in to be a third party in some meetings between the Washington Tea Party Patriots and the Seattle Occupy Wall Street groups. The reason why I was asked to be there is because of my reputation of being fair and listening to all sides. I believe that everyone's opinion counts. As a Politician you need to listen to everyone and then make a open minded decision. This is what I would bring to the Council.
Joe M March 30, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Randy, I see that land use reform is one of your priorities. I would be interested in your thoughts on the redevelopment of Harbor Square in Edmonds. No matter how the current City Council addresses this issue, aspects of it will come before the Council for many years to come, so your thoughts will be very important to voters. Thank you for having the courage to post your thoughts here. I admire that.
Randy Hayden March 30, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I have a Construction Business, I believe that this gives me an insight into the development of Harbor Square. I would love to see that area redeveloped but only under the current zoning laws. I know that there was some concern that if the council passed the plans with the heights that they wanted in there proposal that it would open up the City of Edmonds for a law suite. Anderson vs Issaquah clearly states that the City wouldn't be held liable, and it helps City Councils to legislate with out fear!
Marc Knauss April 01, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Edmonds can't be static, we need to develop projects and stay up to date to compete with other cities for limited dollars. If business and tourism don't bring in money, then, once again, the people of Edmonds will need to pay higher taxes to pay for city services. We need someone on counsil that is not afraid of growth and will do what they can to bring funds in so we don't see taxes increase. Good luck Randy
Joe M April 01, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Thank you for the quick response. I'm a little bit confused, though. You said the project should be developed within the current zoning laws, yet you seem to be also saying that it's OK for the council to change those laws. I'd appreciate a bit of clarification. I appreciate that your experience in the construction business gives you some unique insights. I hope you appreciate that voters like me are going to be very wary of the conflict of interest when you advocate more construction.
Joe M April 01, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Growth can be a good thing, and growth can be a bad thing. If Walmart put a new superstore in Harbor Square, it would create a lot of construction jobs. But a few years down the road it would be a drain on the local economy. I don't think you or Randy or anyone else is advocating a Walmart, but I'm not going to accept on faith that growth means lower taxes and a better standard of living. Between now and November, Randy is going to need to provide a lot of specifics to earn my vote. The work being done on Salish Square looks like a good direction, at least so far. And it's happening without a zoning change.
Marc Knauss April 01, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I didn't mean to imply that growth directly leads to lower taxes and improved quality of life, its not hard to look to look south to King County to see there is not a direct correlation. But City Govt is strapped for cash, and increased business activity is a priority for the council and I think Responsible growth would be a good thing for the city where it makes sense.
Randy Hayden April 02, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I think you misunderstood me Joe. Joan Bloom has made reference that if the Council passed the plan as proposed with 5 stories in some areas that it would open the door to Law Suites. Anderson vs Issaquah clearly states other wise. The Council can't change the Zoning. As far as me being in the construction business I've made it perfectly clear that I would never want to change the height limits downtown. My builders Ins only allows me to build 3 stories. LOL I've talked to the Council Members several times and stated that! I applied for this Position when Michael Plunkett resigned and was asked by the Council Members what my position was on the height downtown area. I will say this about my Construction Business, I stayed busy during the recession, I don't waste my Clients money and if elected to the council I would treat your Tax Dollars the same way. I don't waste money, as an example I've never owned a new car although I could go out and pay cash for a nice car. I drive my 11 year old van and spend money helping others.
Joe M April 02, 2013 at 02:15 AM
And I think you misunderstood me. I know there are a lot of people who get all worked up about building heights, but I'm not one of them. You responded to my concern about a conflict of interest with a statement about building heights. It came across to me as dodging the question. I would like a better answer. I hope you don't feel like I am questioning your ethics - that's not my intent. Whenever a candidate's private interests conflict with the objectivity needed for council, I am going to want good answers. I have similar concerns about Strom Peterson - he has a business downtown and has a great deal of influence over decisions about downtown businesses. I should say that I asked Bob Wilcox a similar question when he ran for council, and I was very satisfied with his answer. I felt no need to follow up with more questions.
Randy Hayden April 02, 2013 at 04:45 AM
I'm sorry I wasn't trying to dodge the question. The type of construction I do doesn't fall into any type of work that would fall into the Harbor Square Development Plan. Most of my work is remodeling and restoring old homes. I only have 1 client that's a commercial Client. I hope that puts to rest any though of conflict of interest.
Joe M April 02, 2013 at 01:10 PM
A good answer, Randy. Thanks!
Matthew April 03, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I've seen first hand how reasonable and persuasive Randy in his arguments, while serving with him on committee. Randy is Live and Let Live, principled grass-roots politician and he has my endorsement. Thanks for running for council in my town, Randy.
Tere Ryder April 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I noticed a recent comment by you Mr. Hayden regarding the auctioning of an assault rifle by the Wash State Republican Party and you said something along the lines of .....I like to think of mine as for defense.. Does this mean you own an assault rifle and do you carry this rifle with you in your vehicle for defence including when you teach kids at your church? ....or travel around town? sit at meetings.....What does your comment regarding assault rifles mean?.......and defense from what? s from what?
Tere Ryder April 17, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I would like to add that I am no longer a member of any political party in the U.S.
Randy Hayden April 18, 2013 at 04:03 AM
My defense Rifle is kept in a gun safe at home. I do have a concealed weapons permit so not I don't pack around a rifle. My comment is that people aren't focusing on the real problem. Passing laws that only law respecting people follow doesn't address the real problem. I'm on the Snohomish County Alcohol and Drug Adversary Board, we meet quarterly with the Mental Health Board so I see where the cuts are being made in the budget. Allowing more criminals out, not focusing on the rampant drug problem we are facing, and ignoring those with mental health issues. But all our Politicians want to talk about is restricting gun rights.
Tere Ryder April 18, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Randy, I guess I'm now wondering about your concealed weapon permit, and thinking back to the phisicality of the past (last year I believe) Everett School Board meeting where one member was actually assaulted......just wondering how that would go if everybody was carrying concealed weapons.....just wondering.
Randy Hayden April 18, 2013 at 05:10 AM
I don't have the answer to that, but if everyone was carrying there would probably be less attempted assaults. Just my thought!

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