Letter to the Editor: I endorse Janet Way for Shoreline City Council

Monday, October 31, 2011

To the Editor:

I endorse Janet Way for Shoreline City Council.

I first encountered Janet Way about 15 years ago when the City of Shoreline and a developer wanted to build a 11 unit apartment building next door in my single family neighborhood. Sitting in on City Council and Planning Commission meetings and reading everything I could find at the library, I ran across a Paramount Park Neighborhood Association rebuttal to a city plan. Author was Janet Way and it was the most clearly written planning document I’d run across. When I finally heard Janet speak at a public meeting, I was impressed with her passion and her knowledge. This is how our friendship began.

I have followed Janet’s public life these past 15 years and have been impressed with the energy and knowledge and social skills she puts into everything she does. She did a good job representing the underrepresented when she was on the Shoreline City Council. In every instance she researched diligently, voiced her views knowledgeably in public, and spent time one on one with any who wanted to pick her brain. Her background in parks, land use and the environment is broad and deep. Her friendships give her immediate access to experts. During the five years I attended almost every Shoreline City Council and Planning Commission meeting (as audience), when Janet was there she was at least as in-depth prepared as the staff and council and usually more prepared.

For energy, passion, intelligence and in-depth preparation and commitment, Janet Way is my choice for Shoreline City Council.

Thank you for listening to me.

Ginger (Virginia) Botham


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