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Progressive Voters Guide

"Founding member of the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition Laura Johnson is a progressive champion running for Edmonds City Council, Position 7. She is the current chair of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission as well as a leader of the local Moms Demand Action group. She is running to increase business and retail opportunities for all of Edmonds, expand transparency and accessibility in local government, and protect the Edmonds Marsh."

"Johnson is running against city planning board member and civil engineer Nathan Monroe. He has some ideas about affordable housing solutions, such as allowing accessory dwelling units, but overall Johnson's platform and community involvement is deeper than Monroe's. Johnson is the best choice in this race."

https://progressivevotersguide.com/washington/?city=edmonds&county=snohomish&county_districts=snohomishcounty_district_3&c=1

League of Women Voters- 411 Voters Guide

https://onyourballot.vote411.org/index.do?i=11

League of Women Voters- Snohomish County, Candidate Forum video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CuLwpQQPMk

My Edmonds News Facebook Live Interview:

https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/10/on-video-facebook-live-interview-with-city-council-candidates-monroe-johnson/

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum video

https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/10/edmonds-chamber-forum-part-2-questions-to-edmonds-city-council-candidates/

Alliance of Citizens for Edmonds Candidate Forum video

http://edmondswa.iqm2.com/Citizens/VideoScreen.aspx?MediaID=1597&Frame=None

Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition, Indivisible Edmonds, and Sierra Club Meet and Greet video

https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/09/on-video-2019-edmonds-candidate-meet-and-greet/

“Local community organizer and longtime volunteer Laura Johnson announced Thursday that she is a candidate for Edmonds City Council Position 7”

https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/02/community-organizer-laura-johnson-announces-candidacy-for-edmonds-city-council/

“Laura Johnson may be new to running for office, but don’t call her a political newcomer. Johnson, who kicked off her campaign Sunday afternoon for Edmonds City Council, is no stranger to local issues. She has been a strong voice in the community for many years on topics including the environment, immigrant rights, social justice, gun safety legislation and governmental transparency.”

https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/04/laura-johnson-launches-campaign-for-edmonds-city-council/

Letters to the Editor and more:

https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/10/letter-to-the-editor-council-candidate-laura-johnson-champions-important-community-values/

https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/10/letter-to-the-editor-why-i-support-buckshnis-crank-johnson-and-paine-for-city-council/

https://myedmondsnews.com/2019/10/letter-to-the-editor-to-make-an-informed-choice-lets-listen-to-candidates-ideas-priorities/

Human and Environmental Health Advocacy:

“I believe that providing for public safety is a crucial role of government. My position regarding the Waterfront Connector project is that we should invest more of our infrastructure dollars in the Highway 99 corridor and work to prevent the injuries and deaths that are already documented and look for a less costly, less invasive, more environmentally friendly option to provide emergency access to our waterfront.

“I am thankful for the previous work done by the citizens and leaders who came together to preserve the waterfront and beach we enjoy it today. According to the City's website, ‘A group of concerned citizens, the Brackett’s Landing Task Force, rallied community support to save the waterfront from destruction ... the first goal was accomplished in 1980, when the Edmonds City Council voted to declare Brackett’s Landing a marine sanctuary.’

"Also on the city's website, this ‘means that marine resource area lying between the inner harbor line and the westernmost boundary of the railroad right of way and between the ferry dock on Main Street and a line extending due west from the end of Caspers Street.’

“The current plan would be built on top of, and encompass much of this protected area! Like those before us, we need leaders who will continue to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the waterfront for the generations to come.”

https://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/mayoral-council-candidates-speak-out-on-waterfront-connector/1819871

“ I believe that public safety is the most important role of government, My position is that we need to invest more of our infrastructure dollars in the Highway 99 corridor- and work to decrease injuries and deaths that are already documented- and look for a less costly, less invasive, more environmentally friendly option to provide emergency access to our waterfront. 

https://nosunsetconnector.com/2019-election-guide

“The Edmonds City Council took an unbiased look at the whole picture, weighed all of the available options and potential for harm, and ultimately chose precautionary measures to protect human and environmental health,” said Edmonds parent Laura Johnson, who has been leading the effort for the citywide ban. By imposing the 18-month ban, councilmembers “have also chosen to lead by example,” she added.

https://myedmondsnews.com/2015/12/banned-in-edmonds-no-crumb-rubber-on-public-playfields-for-18-months/

Public Safety Advocacy:

You currently have superior service, with a 64 percent heart attack survival rate — one of the highest in the nation,” said Edmonds resident Laura Johnson. “Why would you risk that?”

https://myedmondsnews.com/2016/12/fire-service-contract-draws-crowd-to-council-chambers-2017-city-budget-approved/

Laura Johnson, of Edmonds, said her oldest child was born one year after the shooting at Columbine. Her son was in first grade when the shooting in Sandy Hook killed 20 first graders and six teachers.

“When I talked to him after Parkland (one month ago), he was sad, but not surprised,” Johnson said. “He has never known a reality where school shootings were not a regular occurrence.”

https://myedmondsnews.com/2018/03/edmonds-school-board-unanimously-passes-resolution-in-support-of-gun-safety-legislation/

"During the public comment period prior to the vote, Edmonds resident Laura Johnson pointed to councilmembers’ comments during several past meetings about the need to reduce gun violence.

“You were elected to legislate on our behalf,” Johnson said. “So if you leave addressing gun violence to the people, or if you choose not to vote or if you delay out of fear, then you have chosen not to represent and protect us, and for your complacency and your inaction you are by default supporting the gun lobby.”

https://myedmondsnews.com/2018/07/edmonds-council-approves-measure-requiring-safe-storage-

Civically Engaged Family:

Her daughter Sierra Johnson, a senior at Edmonds Heights, also spoke to the board, saying how she has aspirations of becoming a teacher. “I hope that by the time I am a teacher, with my first classroom of students, that I have more reassurances than today’s teachers have,” she said. “Kids are now leading this movement not because we want to, but because we have to. Our lives depend on it.”

https://lynnwoodtoday.com/edmonds-school-board-unanimously-passes-resolution-in-support-of-gun-safety-legislation/

“When 11-year-old Cade Johnson saw the devastation being visited on Texas by Hurricane Harvey, he knew he had to do something. “We’re lucky in the Northwest to not have big storms like this,” he said. “But these people are losing their homes, their belongings and some even their lives. I couldn’t just stand by and not do anything.”

So Cade started clicking around on the internet looking for ways he could help.”

https://myedmondsnews.com/2017/09/edmonds-sixth-grader-digs-hurricane-victims/

“Do you know what it is like to enter school the day after yet another deadly school shooting? I do. I am a 15-year-old high school sophomore, and I am part of the "mass-shooting generation." Gun violence is a huge part of my generation and I have never known going to school without lock-down or active-shooter drills.”

https://www.parentmap.com/article/essay-edmonds-washington-teen-supports-initiative-1639

Endorsement News:

Progressive Voters Guide Recommendation:

"Founding member of the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition Laura Johnson is a progressive champion running for Edmonds City Council, Position 7. She is the current chair of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission as well as a leader of the local Moms Demand Action group. She is running to increase business and retail opportunities for all of Edmonds, expand transparency and accessibility in local government, and protect the Edmonds Marsh."

"Johnson is running against city planning board member and civil engineer Nathan Monroe. He has some ideas about affordable housing solutions, such as allowing accessory dwelling units, but overall Johnson's platform and community involvement is deeper than Monroe's. Johnson is the best choice in this race."

https://progressivevotersguide.com/washington/2019/general/city/edmonds

National Women's Political Caucus of Washington, Sole Endorsement:

Community organizer, mom, and small-business owner has worked with the community in supporting significant City Council actions including protection of the Edmonds Marsh, a resolution prohibiting the transport of coal and crude oil by rail, a moratorium on the use of crumb rubber on kids play and athletic fields, and legislation requiring safe storage of firearms. Laura Johnson organized a panel discussion on gun-safety legislation, moderated a candidate forum for the local 2018 elections, advocated for a school-district resolution against arming teachers and in support of state legislation to prevent gun violence, and organized a Safe Playing Fields outreach event which brought in stakeholders and elected officials from across the Puget Sound. Johnson currently serves as Chair of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, she served as Legislative Lead for the Edmonds Group of Moms Demand Action and is a founding member of the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition.  

https://www.nwpcwa.org/endorsements_2019#city

Sierra Club, Washington Sole Endorsement

https://www.sierraclub.org/washington/political-action

Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action- Sole Washington State endorsement for 2019

https://gunsensevoter.org/endorsed-2019/

Alliance for Gun Responsibility: "Laura Johnson has fought for stronger gun laws in our state for years, volunteering and driving community activism forward. Her history of commitment and activism has earned her our endorsement."

https://gunresponsibility.org/2019-alliance-gun-responsibility-endorsements/

Snohomish County Democratic Central

http://snocodems.org/endorsements/

32nd Legislative21st Legislative District Democrats District Democrats

https://32democrats.org/2019/03/meeting-2019-01-09-2-2-2/

21st Legislative District Democrats

https://21dems.org/endorsements/  

https://www.seiu1199nw.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/bb-100119-smc.pdf

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