Opinion/Letter to the Editor

Mukilteo is home to approximately 21,000 residents. We love our community, our schools, and our police department. We enjoy beautiful scenery, hospitality, and quiet neighborhoods in our peaceful way of life which is why Mukilteo was named under then-mayor Joe Marine’s leadership as one of the top ten best small cities in America by Money magazine.

Some politicians, however, seek to create problems where none exist, and pretend to provide solutions. In my opinion Louis Harris is one of those people and should not be on the city council.

I find him deceitful, haughty, agitating and with the earmark of one who wishes a career in  politics supported by tax dollars – not merely representing the people of Mukilteo.

Advertisements that Louis has commissioned, ask residents to “reelect” him. The truth is Louis Harris was not elected in the first place, he was placed.

When councilwoman Anna Rohrbough and her family moved out of state, a vacancy was left on the council. Almost immediately work went back to accelerate calls for low-income housing claiming that Mukilteo was not diverse enough.

Black Lives Matters was brought up to march in our neighborhoods and the “diversity” council was deemed necessary for the city.

Harris attempts to position himself as a community organizer; however, his real schtick is to focus and stir up discord in a community where no discord exists. Every issue is pushed through a victim-mentality lens; even when there is no victim, no injury – and clearly no issue.

I have been involved in city council meetings where Louis pretends to position himself as the “grand listener” – yet in reality, he merely visibly tolerates the opinions of residents and then votes against the will of the people.

During one city council meeting, Louis reluctantly, after posing sideways in his chair for most of the evening presumably concerned for the demographic status of our community, had to admit that a Housing Needs Assessment from Berk Consulting which was commissioned and paid for by the council – Mukilteo is in fact a diverse  community and one that is truly ahead of community planning standards and objectives.

Some of Harris’ haughty behavior has also been etched on social media where he has advocated for defunding the police and has posted the hashtag #ACAB – which stands for “All Cops Are Bastards.”

We in Mukilteo appreciate and respect our police department. We have enjoyed their support at our events, our schools and our local community events.

As a member of the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, I can tell you firsthand that our Mukilteo Police Department has been extremely helpful in making sure that our Lighthouse Festival and other events are well trafficked and attended without incident.

The citizens of Mukilteo do not need to have our tax dollars paying the salary of someone who is quick to attack those we respect and work to keep the community safe.

However, like most Marxist leaning politicians with bullhorns, Louis Harris likes to “imagine” and “reimagine” society where the political players redesign authority, and rule of law. And until the time where this type of community has been shaped in their image – those supporting the current rule of law must be demonized by any means necessary.

More power for him. Less respect for you and those you care for.

Mr. Harris’ request of you to vote for him is more victim identity politics.  Essentially it boils down to this: Vote for me because I am an openly gay black man.

My response is this: Pathetic. Skin color is not an accomplishment and neither is one’s adult private sexual preference – content of character should be.

In my opinion Louis Harris is an activist and that should be his hobby. He should have explored this on his own time and not on our tax dime.

 As a business owner I do not find that he understands the concerns of businesses. Interestingly enough, while purportedly supporting local businesses, Louis Harris’ campaign mailer was produced and mailed from an out-of-state vendor in Florida.

As a Black man, who raises his family in a beautiful, diverse, and respectful neighborhood, I can most certainly say Louis Harris does NOT represent me and the interests of our community.

I will NOT be voting for Louis Harris. I would urge you to save yourself future headaches and send the message of NO as well. Our community needs those who are willing to serve to preserve this unique treasure we call Mukilteo.

Paul Ellis, Mukilteo

9 thoughts on “Why I’m voting NO on Harris and you should too

  • November 1, 2021 at 7:05 PM
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    Our thoughts exactly Paul! As a 4th gen. Mukilteo family member I know your words are true! Harris is totally creating a problem where there us none and never has been.

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  • November 1, 2021 at 2:11 PM
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    I agree with you Paul. I doubt APPOINTED Council Member Harris has ever met a social program that he didn’t love. I have watched many city council meetings and been at more than a few and he has yet to reflect my feelings or opinions even once. He broadcasts his sexuality. It is like I would run for office and say I am an openly heterosexual woman – who the heck cares?! No one really cares about that. They care about what you can do and how it will impact their lives. I have seen absolutely nothing good come from Mr. Harris in his short time on the council and I, as well, will NOT be voting for him.

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    • November 1, 2021 at 7:12 PM
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      Yes, Wendy, I agree with you and Paul – we want someone on our city council who understands city issues. Promoting Black, White, Yellow, Brown “social issues” is promoting division and putting us in color boxes. We are about safe streets for All, education for All kids, and keeping our local businesses open. Let’s also talk about $5 million in reserves, yet some of the city council want to raise our taxes.

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  • October 31, 2021 at 5:32 PM
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    A couple of things:

    “My response is this: Pathetic. Skin color is not an accomplishment and neither is one’s adult private sexual preference – content of character should be.”

    ***By suggesting being LGBTQ is a ‘choice’ you are openly showing your ignorance towards an ENTIRE community. Also, bringing one’s sexual identity into this matter makes you seem feeble minded. He’s gay. So what? Being gay isn’t the commodity you make it out to be. (It’s 2021 not 2001) It amazes me how much straight men care about the sexual happenings of homosexual men. Weird.***

    –Moving on, you have a typo in your letter which I can only imagine happened while you were fuming behind your keyboard:

    “In my opinion Louis Harris is an activist and that should be his hobby. He should(‘ve) explored this on his own time and not on our tax dime.”

    You’re a business owner??
    DO BETTER.

    You’re welcome,
    Oz

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    • November 1, 2021 at 1:38 PM
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      OZ,

      The first words out of Harris’s Initial campaign post was, “ I’m the first openly gay Black Man to be appointed to Mukilteo City Council. “. HE, himself made his run about identity politics. And if you watch the videotaped council meetings, you will see how much he flip-flops on votes. His convictions are based on keeping a place at the table and not representing the majority of the citizens of Mukilteo. That is the worst kind of politician. He will not be getting votes from this household.

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      • November 2, 2021 at 9:32 AM
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        Missed my point ENTIRELY. Being a gay isn’t a CHOICE or sexual preference, so for this guy to say that about an openly gay man shows how ignorant he is on the topic.

        Also, had he not been transparent about who he is and that news came out after the fact, everyone’s knickers would be in a bunch. Not to mention the gossip down the grapevine would be disgusting.

        “I don’t like him because he’s openly gay.
        “I don’t like him because we just found out he was gay.”

        Come on now, you can’t have it both ways.

        Also, you mention he is not someone who represents the majority of the citizens of Mukilteo. Can you explain to me who the majority of Mukilteo citizens are? The 70% of white people who live here? Let me better write out what I feel you MEANT to say:
        “His convictions are based on keeping a place at the table and not representing us white folk who live here.” ::sigh::

        I would prefer someone represent ALL of the citizens they have been appointed to represent.

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        • November 2, 2021 at 9:38 AM
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          Aaaand, to be quite honest… I don’t believe EITHER of these guys can do that. 🤷‍♂️

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    • November 1, 2021 at 1:39 PM
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      OZ,
      The first words out of Harris’s Initial campaign post was, “ I’m the first openly gay Black Man to be appointed to Mukilteo City Council. “. HE, himself made his run about identity politics. And if you watch the videotaped council meetings, you will see how much he flip-flops on votes. His convictions are based on keeping a place at the table and not representing the majority of the citizens of Mukilteo. That is the worst kind of politician. He will not be getting votes from this household.

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      • November 1, 2021 at 8:22 PM
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        Team of Rivals is a best selling novel. As the author points out a variety of opinions can be valuable. Peter Zieve is a great voice for the city of Mukilteo. He does his research, he owns a large employer in the city, he lives, works, has his children in our schools and truly cares about Mukilteo. He should be on the council. Vote Peter for a better Mukilteo!

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