Running to be elected as the councilmember of city of Mukilteo, aviation specialist Bob Champion is determined to bring his corporate management background to the city council. From his point of view, Champion found that decisions seemed to take forever to be made in the city while the rest of the world was progressing.

Running to be elected as the councilmember of city of Mukilteo, aviation specialist Bob Champion is determined to bring his corporate management background to the city council. From his point of view, Champion found that decisions seemed to take forever to be made in the city while the rest of the world was progressing.

The senior program manager with Honeywell Aerospace Advanced Technology believes he can bridge the divisions within the city.

“I come from the aviation and corporate background with strong experience in contract, finance, program management and operational management,” said Champion. “I have strengths that would help bringing people together and reach consensus and then move forward.”

Champion thinks the council has to look at Mukilteo “in total”. His priorities include keeping Paine Field (the Snohomish County airport) as a non-commercial airport while working with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure its operations to be most effective and efficient, preserving the Japanese Gulch as an open space or urban forest for all the citizens to enjoy, working closely with various governmental bodies in the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal plan, and encouraging local business development and opportunities for entrepreneurships.

Although Champion is new to the public office, he always has the conviction of bringing new perspective and fresh ideas to the issues facing Mukilteo.
He has a degree in political science, which international relations and urban development were his two areas of specialties.

“It gets back to where my roots were when I started as a young person, thinking where my life would go; and it gets back to those interests,” he said.

Champion is running against incumbent Richard Emery in the city council position number 2. As stated on the voter’s guide, Emery primarily focuses on the preservation of the Japanese Gulch in which he had helped securing $2.8 M for its land purchase.

“I made the decision to run for position 2 because Richard is running unopposed and I do believe citizens need a choice,” said Champion. “I am a little bit different than Richard, so I want to offer that differences.”

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