Another New Candidate Announces For Gipson’s Everett City Council Position 4

April 7, 2015

Everett, Everett Government

Last month we told you that Ron Gipson was getting a challenger for his position on the Everett City Council. Now a second candidate has announced she would also like Gipson’s position. In addition this week Brenda Stonecipher confirmed that she will run again, so a four-seat majority on the Everett City Council will be up for contention this fall. Right now the only known council member being challenged is Ron Gipson. Here’s the announcement we received today.

Cassie Franklin pic

Cassie Franklin (candidate supplied photo)

Cassie Franklin announced today that she is running for Everett City Council, position #4.

“I am running for Everett City Council because I believe we need broad community leadership to build a great
future for Everett. We need to address our city’s social issues and public safety concerns, expand our economic
opportunities, and build a vibrant downtown, riverfront and waterfront. I would be honored to represent the
citizens of our city, and I am committed to bringing my energy, talent, and experience to this work.”

Cassie is the CEO of Cocoon House, with more than 20 years of experience in communications and community relations, business leadership, administration, and development. She has a passion for building community partnerships and is able to bring together diverse perspectives to understand and address longstanding issues. As a local leader, she is active in the City of Everett and Snohomish County, and is committed to ensuring a healthy, safe, and thriving community.

This past year Cassie demonstrated her leadership serving on the Everett Community Streets Initiative, working with fellow community leaders to examine innovative and cost-effective ways to address street-level social issues and make our community safer and stronger—for all of our citizens—while supporting growth and business development in Everett’s downtown.

“Cassie Franklin has the experience, knowledge, and sincere concern for the citizens of Everett that will enable her to serve our city with integrity. It is critical that our community elect leaders we know will be a strong voice for us on the City Council. Cassie is someone we’ve always counted on to deliver results and that’s why I am proud to give her my wholehearted endorsement,” said Kathy Atwood, former City of Everett Police Chief.

Ed Petersen, former Everett Public Schools Board President states, “I know Cassie Franklin as a leader who brings people together to address important issues. Her ability to communicate her ideas and to collaborate with both business and human service leaders will make her a valuable asset for crafting public policy and improving public services. I’m proud to endorse Cassie Franklin for Everett City Council.”

Other notable endorsements include Buzz Rodland, Former Everett City Council Member Gigi Burke, Everett Public Schools Board Vice President Ted Wenta, Port Commissioner Glen Bachman, Reid Shockey, Lyle Ryan, Mary B. Sievers, Morrie Trautman, Sue Ambler, Lorna Corrigan, Pam Daniels, Kim Nielson, Chris Adams, Bob Leach, Dan Leach, and Sarah Duncan.

About Cassie:

Cassie grew up in the Northwest and began working in Everett in 2004. She became the CEO of Cocoon House in 2011 and has led the organization through important changes, advancing its mission and values, while ensuring fiscal responsibility and long-term sustainability. As a leader in the field of youth homelessness, she collaborates with peers regionally and nationally on better solutions to address and prevent chronic homelessness for healthier communities. Cassie has served on a number of local, statewide, and national boards, groups and organizations, including the Housing Consortium of Snohomish County, the Families Matter Vision Council for United Way of Snohomish County, the Homeless Policy Task Force, the Statewide Coordinating Committee on Trafficking, and the Rotary Club of South Everett-Mukilteo. Cassie and her husband, David Franklin, have been married for 7 years and have a 6 year old daughter attending Kindergarten. They reside in the Port Gardner neighborhood of Everett.


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One Response to “Another New Candidate Announces For Gipson’s Everett City Council Position 4”

  1. Jeff Robinson Says:

    Just what we need, another community organizer with no real business experience….