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King hopes to make a difference on City Council

 

November 29, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Tom King

Longtime Marysville resident and community member Tom King will serve as one of the new Marysville City Council members next year.

In the Nov. 7 general election, King won the Marysville City Council Pos. 3 seat with 56.25 percent of the vote as of Nov. 17, beating incumbent Jeff Seibert who has served on the council since 2002.

Serving on the City Council is something that King has wanted to do for a long time.

"It's something that has always been in the back of my mind," he said.

"I'm passionate about the community and I care about it. It's a great place to live and I feel like I have a good knowledge of it," he said.

King said the he was "nervous" on election day.

"I was a little nervous. I felt good about it and had a good shot, but you never know," he said. "The next day after the election I went out with some friends to pick up my yard signs and I was thinking 'well if I had lost this would have been rather discouraging.'"

King has lived his entire life in Marysville.

For 11 years he worked as a construction electrician with Marysville Electric and other contractors.

After that he worked with Snohomish County on lighting and traffic signals, before taking a similar job in Marysville, which he stayed in before retiring a couple of years ago.

He has also been involved in many community organizations.

For the past three years King has served as the president of the Marysville Kiwanis Club, which sponsors events like the annual Jennings Park Fishing Derby and presents the local Student of the Month award with the Marysville Soroptimists.

"It's just a great group of people at the Kiwanis Club," he said. "I like just the involvement in the community."

King is also a volunteer driver for the Marysville Community Food Bank, was a volunteer firefighter for many years, serves on the Strawberry Festival board ,and the Marysville Arts, Culture and Recreation advisory board.

On the City Council King hopes to continue the transportation projects that are in the works, such as work to expand a portion of State Avenue, a new I-5 offramp that connects to downtown SR-529, and a First Street bypass project.

"With the new offramp onto SR-529 the cars won't have to exit at Fourth Street, so that's really going to improve traffic flow," said King.

He also hopes to look at potential new traffic projects.

"We want to look at a design and funding for an overpass at Grove Street, so in the event of a train emergency vehicles and traffic won't be held up there," said King.

Plans for the expansion of Ebey Waterfront are already in progress, but King hopes to see that project completed as well.

"Being on the Marysville Parks Advisory Board I've seen plans for it and we have options to add an amphitheater, more public space, and more events down there," he said.

Construction work currently going on will also improve the aesthetics of the road there, making it a more attractive park entrance, he said.

King has been attending the meetings regarding the Marysville Fire District and Arlington Fire Department potentially merging to form a Regional Fire Authority and said he supports a merger.

"I think it will help because you're going to combine the resources and manpower of the Arlington Fire Department with the Marysville Fire District," King said.

Growing homelessness is one of the bigger issues for the city, he said.

"As everyone knows, homelessness is a significant issue. We have to find some solutions," said King.

"Maybe provide some social services to these people that helps get them off the streets, and keep our town safe and clean," he said.

King wanted to thank his supporters. "I'm really honored to be elected," he said.

He encourages citizens to contact him with any concerns.

"I'm very approachable, so people should feel free to contact me, email me or call me because I want to be in touch with the people," he said.

King's official city email is not set up yet, however other contact info is available at his campaign website at votetomking.com.

 

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