I am writing to urge my friends and neighbors in Langley who have not yet posted their ballots to do so right away as the deadline looms. Now that there is a ballot drop box right outside the post office, it couldn’t be easier.
The Nov. 7 election is of great importance as we will be choosing three of five city council members; they’ll be updating policy and leading us toward the development goals set forth in the city’s new comprehensive plan update. These goals include environmental stewardship, downtown vitality, community design, diverse economy, affordable housing, public investment, community character and preservation.
Without a doubt, the most qualified candidates are Christy Korrow, Dominique Emerson and Peter Morton.
Christy Korrow, chairwoman of the Langley Planning and Advisory Board, knows the in’s and out’s of the plan and its role as a guiding document. She also has extensive hands-on experience in her work in developing Upper Langley, a permanently affordable co-housing subdivision. She knows the comprehensive plan, city code, zoning and sewer and water systems and she knows how to encourage people to come to consensus.
Dominique Emerson, the council liaison to the planning and advisory board, played a key role in developing the comprehensive plan. She will be vital in the implementation of that plan. She was directly involved in the development of the shoreline management plan, and helped to establish funding for parks, trails and open spaces and the arts.
Peter Morton, a retired Boeing engineer and manager, would bring a wealth of experience and his strong analytical and problem-solving abilities to help provide mission and focus to the comprehensive plan. Peter also has the “people” skills so necessary for a public servant. He has pledged to bring back civility, honesty and transparency in civic dialogue.
These three candidates stand head and shoulders above their opponents. They are smart, talented, experienced, caring and considerate. They’re all good listeners and have been consistently involved in the community, serving on a number of non-profit boards.
Do you want to protect our Salish Sea and the wildlife in and around it, make sure our bluffs are safe, make walking and biking a priority, develop affordable housing, improve infrastructure, attract new businesses, tourists and families and preserve our village atmosphere? If yes, then vote to elect Emerson, Korrow and Morton to city council.