LFP Mayor's Corner - Events, Elections and Community

Sunday, August 29, 2021

LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson
By Jeff Johnson, Mayor, Lake Forest Park

During August, we had a great time at the Battle of the Bands event at Pfingst Animal Acres Park. The turnout was fantastic — 1,300 community members came out and enjoyed the shows.

The economic impact on the Lake Forest Park community was $52,900, with $12,000 going to ShoreLake Arts and $31.47 spent in the community by each audience member beyond the cost of admission (source: Americans for the Arts: Arts and Economic Prosperity 5). 

Ten bands earned a combined total of over $7,800 in cash prices, plus time in two recording studios! ShoreLake Arts reported there was buzz from neighborhood dog walkers stopping to ask each other if they were going to the Battle! The City’s partnership with ShoreLake Arts for events like this is just one of the many ways our community partner relationships benefit our community.

I’d like to give a big thank you to the City’s events coordinator, Cory Roche. Cory wears many hats here at the City and is very dedicated to making sure our events are well organized and of interest to our community. Thank you, Cory!

Speaking of events, I want to get back to holding regular Coffee with the Mayor get-togethers as soon as we are safely able to do it. We’re not going in the pandemic direction we want right now, but if we all pull together and do what we need to do, we can get there and get back to our new normal.

This fall, we have four council seats up for election. Incumbents John Wright, John Resha, and Mark Phillips have decided not to seek reelection, so there will be three new Councilmembers come January, with Councilmember Semra Riddle running unopposed. 

It’s always a good idea to get to know the candidates for public office, and I encourage you to check out more information on the King County Elections candidate filing page. Candidates who will be on the November 2 General Election ballot will be posted here by September 7.

I am proud of the way Councilmembers and staff have stepped up to meet the challenges facing our community during the pandemic. I think the key to moving forward is to keep working together for the common good of the residents of Lake Forest Park.

Wishing you a safe and healthy fall season.

--Mayor Johnson


billyking August 30, 2021 at 11:37 AM  

Hmmm...$12,000 to ShoreLake arts commission for putting on the event? Then a dollars spent statistic from a national arts advocacy to fluff up the economic impact. Seems disingenous to me.

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