Letters to the editor for the week of Oct. 25

Reader gives Mhoon an ‘enthusiastic’ yes!

Dear editor,

I enthusiastically support to retain Marlla Mhoon for Covington City Council position 1. I have lived here for 30 years and I have appreciated the thoughtful ways in which she has voted to help Covington grow into a thriving, family-oriented, good business climate city.

With input from many public meetings, your current council formulated a vision for this community; retain affordable housing, multiple housing opportunities, strong business base to keep taxes low, living wage jobs within our city, parks, city sponsored events, recreational programs, and a real downtown Covington with a gathering place for residents.

That long term vision is coming to fruition. We have a strong business base and multiple living wage job opportunities within our city. We have Valley Medical and a Multicare hospital. None of this happened by accident – but from hard work by your city council.

Yes, we have growing pains with pass through traffic. Your council is on it. In 2019-2020 there will be a bypass downtown Covington road; 256th through the gravel pit exiting at 204th and a stop light. Best part – [it was] paid for by the Lakepointe developer and state funding – no cost to residents of Covington.

Marlla has also volunteered her time to represent Covington on three different regional boards that ultimately help the city of Covington. She has a great deal of experience and college course work in forest management and environmental issues. She is endorsed by many mayors of surrounding districts, Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Local 1747, as well as our State Representative Pat Sullivan and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Please vote to keep this experienced, hard-working council person on the council! Vote for Marlla Mhoon and help retain your city council.


Judy Rene


Councilmember supports Smith for reelection

Dear editor,

I am writing today in support of the reelection of Sean Smith to the Covington City Council. Sean has served the community on the council for five years and served on the planning commission before that time. He is a voice of reason to the council, always listening to both sides and studying the issue before the meetings.

From working with fire department to ensuring we have safe routes to school, Sean is continually working to find ways to improve our city. He has been a voice for fiscal responsibility on the council and ensuring the city is using the funds wisely and in ways that are a benefit to the city.

Sean is passionate for this community. He is always looking for ways for the city to continue its growth towards greatness.

From his quarterly coffee chats with the community where he meets with residents to discuss what is going on in the city and receive feedback from the residents. Sean is dedicated to working with people from all walks to make Covington better.

I encourage everyone to please cast your vote on Nov. 5 for Sean Smith.


Joseph Cimaomo Jr.

Covington City Councilmember

Reader says a Porter will bring needed change

Dear editor,

Several years ago I learned from our neighbors about the development of the Hawk property and the impact it would have on our neighborhood. After attending council meetings, Elizabeth Porter and I realized that not all of the council members were in alignment with the voice of the community.

We needed to get the word out to the neighborhoods affected by the development which included the importance of speaking up and submitting testimony … and that is how our grass roots campaign began. Our neighborhood was fortunate that the Lakepointe developer and some members of the city council listened to our community, understood our concerns and ultimately mutually agreeable changes were made.

I also had the opportunity to attend the 2017 budget and strategic planning meeting and was disappointed that the monies were being earmarked for a new location for city hall while residential survey focus was primarily roads and additional police support.

Elizabeth Porter was eager to learn more so she stepped up and joined the planning commission, she regularly attends council meetings and has a clear focus for the City of Covington. She is not a politician but rather a concerned citizen wanting to make a positive impact on our community.

I am a proponent of city council membership balance and with that comes my support for Elizabeth Porter.


Sheryl Ward