Planning Commissioner enters race for City Council

Will run for seat now held by Donna Michelson
May 18, 2017
Courtesy of: Jared Mead

Mill Creek native Jared Mead became the first non-incumbent to enter the race to fill four seats on the City Council this fall.

The former investment banker has served two terms on the Planning Commission, and is currently a legislative aide for Democratic State Sen. Guy Palumbo in the 1st Legislative District.

“Growing up in Mill Creek instilled in me a devotion to our community, and has inspired me to pursue ways to give back,” Mead wrote in his announcement. “After benefiting so much from Mill Creek’s vibrant community, I am ready to dedicate myself to the improvement of the city for future generations.”

Mead filed to run for Position 2 on the seven-member council, the seat now occupied by Councilmember Donna Michelson.

Mead grew up in Mill Creek, attended Penny Creek Elementary, Gateway Middle School and graduated from Jackson High School before earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington Bothell in International Studies and Business.

“I am proud of the work the council has done recently in balancing our budget and promoting efficiency,” Mead said. “I want to ensure that the city continues on the right path so my children and grandchildren will be proud to call Mill Creek home.”

If elected, the 25-year-old Mead said he would work to maintain a balanced city budget through fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars and promote sustainable economic growth by attracting new businesses to the city.

The candidate described himself as an advocate for public safety, and pledged to protect open space to ensure the city’s quality of life as the population continues to grow. He would also support development of the East Gateway Urban Village to assure the area is “developed in a way that all Mill Creek residents can benefit from.”

Mead joins Sean Kelly, Mayor Pam Pruitt and Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw as declared candidates in the upcoming election. Michelson was still undecided whether she would run for another term. Michelson has been on the council for more than 18 years, and is its longest tenured member.

“I’ve been talking with my husband and have still not made up my mind,” Michelson said.

The filing deadline is at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

Correction: The print version of this article in the May 19 issue of the Mill Creek Beacon mistakenly reported that Jared Mead had filed to run for Position #1 on the City Council against incumbent Sean Kelly.

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