It was a packed house on Monday, January 13 at Lake Stevens' City Council meeting. Many in attendance were there to witness the swearing in of the newest councilmember, Sam Low.
Along with Low's swearing in, Mayor Vern Little also swore in returning councilmembers Marcus Tageant, Kathy Holder and Kim Daughtry. All of them will serve a four-year term.
Low has been preparing for months by attending council and other meetings and has several ideas of how he would like to see the city's future.
"I want to keep Lake Stevens strong financially. Our city has one of the lowest tax rates of any city in Puget Sound. We must keep taxes low, and continue to attract new businesses here," Low said. "I want to see us continue to protect our lake for future generations and educate our citizens on the things they can do to help our lake."
Being a family man, Low wans to see the city continue to progress in areas that will help families be safe.
"We must invest in more sidewalks and parks including the senior center, and a skateboard park. I want people to see Lake Stevens as a place for families to invest the rest of their lives in," he said.
Keeping everyone safe and ensuring the future of our city's economy are two of the most pressing issues in the city according to Low. These are two topics he intends to focus on in the next four years.
"Public Safety must be a priority. None of us want to read and hear negative stories about murders, bank robberies, and our police department. Over the past several months I have sat on the police chief interview panels, did a 12-hour ride along, and had the opportunity to meet and get to know almost each officer personally. I want our community to know that I am encouraged by the changes I have seen over the past few weeks and months with our department and look forward to seeing the implementation and hiring of the new Professional Standards lieutenant position. I have confidence in the officers and detectives we have patrolling our streets, They are doing a great job," Low said.
"Secondly, we need to see economic development in order to see our city provide our current level of services and expand to do more. We need more businesses that will cater to our young people, families and seniors. We need our citizens to shop locally right here in Lake Stevens. Lake Stevens is a place with fantastic opportunities and continues to be more business friendly."
When Low was a teenager he lived in Everett. He entered and won a contest after answering the questions, "Why I wanted to be Mayor for a day." This gave him his first glimpse into politics.
"I was able to sit in the mayor's big leather chair in his spot for a council meeting. I was able to have lunch with the mayor and tour the city parks. That one day made a huge impact in my life. From that point on until a little over a year ago I had never really thought about running for public office," Low said. "About two years ago, I started attending our council meetings. After sharing my thoughts on different issues over several council meetings, I pointed out that we were over paying for an item by a substantial amount. After that meeting I received many encouraging remarks and several council members suggested and encouraged me to run for city council."
As your new city councilman, Low wants the public to know that he is interested in what the community has to say. He encourages anyone who would like, to contact him with questions or concerns.
"I want our citizens to know I work hard just like anyone else at my job. On top of that I have another job and that is to serve the citizens of Lake Stevens as your elected council member. We will probably not always agree on every decision but I do want you to know I will listen and be fair. Feel free to contact me I want to hear your point of view. Low's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.