Lynnwood City Council elects Frizzell council president, Sessions vice president
Posted: January 15, 2020 Lynnwood Today
“I have a few more ideas that I’d like to put out there as we work together with (city) staff and with each member of the council to make sure everybody’s voices are heard and everybody’s voices are taken into consideration as we move forward with the amazing year ahead of us,” she said.
Prior to the vote, Councilmember George Hurst — who initially announced he would be running against Frizzell for the position — withdrew his name from consideration.
Speaking to his decision to withdraw his name, Hurst said he had faith that Frizzell would be well suited for the position.
“I think a forum is great, but it doesn’t go far enough; a forum is one-way communication. We need a conversation,” Frizzell said. “The City of Lynnwood is going to be doing another Housing Round Table with a slightly different emphasis, and we’re working on what that is going to look like.”
Frizzell went on to give some details about current conversations her and other councilmembers are having with the city.
“Housing affordability is huge; let’s have different strategies based upon different Average Median Income categories; one category doesn’t fit all.”
She also spoke of the importance of talking about the stigma of those with mental health and substance abuse issues. “We have to get it out of the closet; we need to talk about it in responsible and respectful ways."
Lynnwood city leaders hold listening session on Race and Equity
Alongside DEI members and Mayor Smith, Lynnwood City councilmember Christine Frizzell was on the virtual panel, while the other councilmembers and members of the Lynnwood Police Department (LPD) attended the event as viewers. In total, upwards of 70 community members participated in the town hall to listen in or have their voices heard.