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Another Edgecliff resident jumps into Langley council race

Langley City Councilman Hal Seligson writes out a check to cover his filing fee on Monday at the county elections office in Coupeville. - Brian Kelly / The Record
Langley City Councilman Hal Seligson writes out a check to cover his filing fee on Monday at the county elections office in Coupeville.
— image credit: Brian Kelly / The Record

COUPEVILLE — Another Edgecliff resident has jumped into the race for Langley City Council.

Jonathon Moses, 49, has filed to run for Position 4 on the council, the seat currently held by Councilman Bob Waterman.

Waterman has already said he would not seek re-election.

Moses is the second Edgecliff resident in the race. Robin Adams, 64, filed as a candidate for Position 3 on Monday morning. Adams was the frontman for the Langley Critical Area Alliance, the group that fought the Langley Passage housing project from being built in their east-end neighborhood.

Thomas Gill, who has unsuccessfully sought a seat on the council by way of the ballot box and an appointment, has also filed to run for the Position 4 seat.

Gill, 27, had said in December that he would seek election to the council.

Councilman Hal Seligson also filed as a candidate for the Langley City Council shortly before noon Monday.

Seligson, 63, had earlier promised to run to retain his seat. He was appointed to the council in December.

"I look forward to a productive campaign discussion over the next few months," Seligson said a few moments after submitting a personal check to cover his filing fee.

If elected, Seligson said he would continue his efforts to increase transparency at city hall.

"I want to carry through the whole idea of open government and proper oversight of our financial status," he said.

Seligson said he would also work to have a "code of ethics" adopted by Langley's elected officials.

Some in Langley have long speculated that Edgecliff residents would become increasingly politically active following the approval of Langley Passage, a development project that many in the neighborhood opposed.

A petition to change Langley's form of government — and abolish the city's position of elected mayor — was launched just days after the city council gave its approval of the Langley Passage project. More than half of the needed signatures for the petition to prompt a ballot measure came from Edgecliff residents. Voters in Langley will decide on the change-in-government proposal in the August primary.

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