Introductory statements from an LFP Council incumbent and his challenger

Friday, September 15, 2017

By Evan Smith

Lake Forest Park City Council incumbent John Wright and challenger Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien recently sent statements to introduce themselves to voters. The two are running on the November 7 general-election ballot.

Here are their statements:

City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 3

John Wright
John Wright

Dear LFP neighbors, I’m John Wright and I ’m running for re-election to the City Council. I’m a 21-year resident of LFP, my children attended Shoreline schools, and I’ve been a volunteer here since just after we arrived in 1996. Professionally I’m a construction manager and engineer, and a 30-year military veteran. I have a long list of accomplishments on the City Council and a list of important work that still needs to be done, however I’m not allowed enough space here to list them so I’ll ask you to visit for details. I love Lake Forest Park and it’s my honor to represent you on the Council!

Ben Gonzalez O'Brien
Ben Gonzalez O'Brien

I am a Professor of Political Science at Highline College and will bring a unique perspective to the Lake Forest Park City Council as a Latino and former high school dropout who has experienced the highs and lows of the American Dream. As a strong advocate of social justice issues, I was inspired to run after speaking before the Council on Resolution 1606, which added undocumented immigrants and the LGBTQ community to our Charter of Compassion. I believe that local government should be more transparent and accountable, that we should protect the natural beauty of our city, and that we must develop a ten-year plan for affordable housing.


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