Candidate Statement From Paul Roberts For Everett City Council District 1

October 10, 2021

Everett Government

Editor’s Note: On September 19th candidates in the November 2nd General Election for Mayor, Everett City Council Districts, Everett School Board and Port of Everett Commissioner were invited to send a statement up to 500 words to introducing themselves to our readers. Not all of the candidates responded but we are publishing unedited statements from those that did reply by our deadline. does not endorse candidates but thinks this is a good way for you to hear directly from the people running. All offices are non-partisan.

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Paul Roberts

Currently, Everett City Council Member, Position #1 running for District 1

Elected Experience: Everett City Councilmember, and former Everett School Board member.

Professional Experience: Over four decades of experience in public policy and city management; Environmental Consultant for Washington Cities on climate change;Transportation and Planning Consultant with BERK in Seattle; Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director City of Marysville; Planning and Community Development Director City of Everett; Advisor to Governor Booth Gardner; Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Norm Dicks.

Education: BA degree, Evergreen College; additional education in environmental and land use law, and mediation.

Community Service: Volunteer for education, arts and youth sports organizations including member and past president of the Everett Public Schools Foundation, Schack Capital Campaign Committee and Everett Little League Board.

Statement: When times are tough, experience, integrity and trust matter. I bring years of successful leadership in environmental protection, economic development, transportation, housing, city management and community development. My record includes advisor to Governor Gardner helping bring the Navy to Everett, planning and permitting for Boeing’s expansion building 777 and 787, transportation, housing, and environmental protection for clean soils, water and air, and responding to climate change.

We must bring together the new District 1 — both sides of Broadway, all neighborhoods, riverfront and Port. Then together we can take on challenges affecting all of Everett: a structural budget deficit, recovery from a pandemic and economic recession, a housing crisis, and a climate crisis.

Responding to our climate crisis is an unparalleled, urgent challenge. What we do in the next four years will set the direction for decades. I currently lead local, regional and state efforts, including: Everett’s Climate Action Plan, Chairing the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board, and advising Washington cities on climate change and a clean energy economy.

I believe community means including everyone with equity and justice, helping neighbors, supporting public safety, providing economic opportunities, entertainment, and open, transparent government. Building community is at the center of my work on the Council.

Endorsed by Governor Inslee, County Executive Dave Somers, Congressman Rick Larsen, Mayor Cassie Franklin, environment, business, labor, and community leaders (see website).

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