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Letter-to-Editor: Why We Need To Vote For Jim Smith

As a concerned resident of Lynnwood who has lived here for several years, I can’t stress enough the importance of experienced and committed leadership in our community, especially in turbulent times; this is why I wholeheartedly endorse Jim Smith for reelection to the Lynnwood City Council.

Jim’s Stance on Public Safety:
Jim Smith’s 27 years of experience on the Council come with a track record of prioritizing what matters most: the safety and well-being of all residents. Recent years have seen alarming spikes in criminal activity and drug use, affecting our quality of life and putting additional stress on families. Neighboring counties have faced declines in public safety, making many grateful that Lynnwood has, so far, been different. Jim understands that maintaining this difference requires action, not complacency.

Listening to Concerns:
One of Jim’s most admirable qualities is his willingness to listen. He has consistently taken the time to understand the worries of community members. Whether it’s about the rising crime rates that have led to early store closures or the specific safety concerns of the Asian American community, Jim listens and takes addressable actions. Residents have called for stronger law enforcement presence, and Jim has echoed these sentiments in his public stance, advocating against cutbacks on police funding.

Family Values:
Jim’s commitment to family values extends beyond mere words. He and his wife, Sherry, have raised their own family in Lynnwood. Jim understands that the increasing pressures from high taxation to crime rates directly impact the quality of life for families. His work with the homeless and his annual contributions to senior housing facilities through “music therapy” shows further indicate his deep-rooted commitment to the community’s welfare.

The Choice for Lynnwood:
Jim Smith offers the kind of leadership that combines vision, experience, and integrity. His focus on improving public safety, fiscal responsibility, and community well-being aligns perfectly with what many of us residents yearn for.

Authentic Living Diversity:
Jim Smith’s life journey is a testament to the richness of diversity. During his formative years before college, he resided in Japan, the Philippines, and Hawaii, often as a minority. His upbringing instilled in him the values of unity and respect for all, principles that have resonated throughout his youth and continue to shape his adult life. This legacy extends to the present day. In Lynnwood, where nearly half the population comprises individuals from various ethnic backgrounds and origins, we require an individual with a multicultural and international perspective to authentically appreciate and champion diversity.

We find ourselves at a critical juncture in Lynnwood’s history. We can either choose to elect a leader who knows the heart and soul of Lynnwood and has the experience to enact meaningful change or face an uncertain future. I, for one, will be casting my vote for Jim Smith, and I encourage you to do the same.

Let’s come together as a community to support Jim Smith’s reelection and secure a safe, financially responsible, and compassionate future for Lynnwood.

Rachel Zhang, Lynnwood

DISCLAIMER: The views and comments expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Lynnwood Times nor any of its affiliates.

One thought on “Letter-to-Editor: Why We Need To Vote For Jim Smith

  • Maybe Jim Smith is a good guy, but 27 years is way too long for an elected position. Time for Jim to stand aside for someone fresh.


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