Mike Nelson was first appointed and then elected to the Edmonds City Council in 2015 and then re-elected in 2017, going on to serve as President Pro Tem in 2018. As a city councilmember, Mike has prioritized a stronger economy, responsible city spending, a safer community, and a healthier environment.
Mike has worked with local business to make Edmonds an attractive and welcoming destination and to spur economic growth. He has been a strong supporter for the Edmonds Center for the Arts, which is an important economic driver in our community.
Over the course of his time in city council, Mike has heard from many citizens struggling with paying more property taxes. Mike has opposed increasing property taxes and last year introduced a property tax cut and introduced budget amendments for a hiring freeze of city staff. As Council President, he held the first Councilmember Budget Retreat and remains committed to healthy, balanced and transparent city budget. On City Council, Mike worked to protect our citizens from harm. He led the way for a new K-9 officer, more police officers to combat drugs and crime, to improve traffic safety, and was the lone vote against cuts to our fire department. Mike championed gun safety measures to keep our children safe by requiring firearms to be safely stored to reduce the theft of guns and requiring gun owners to promptly report lost and stolen firearms, making Edmonds the second city in Washington to pass such measures.
Mike stood up to those who wanted to harm our environment by protecting the Edmonds’ Marsh and its diverse wildlife. He led the way in protecting our climate by passing a resolution to make Edmonds the first city in Washington to be powered by 100% renewable energy and updated our climate action plan with measurable goals to reduce unhealthy carbon emissions.
Mike serves as Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee and a member of the City’s Youth Commission, which he created to provide opportunities for our youth to be involved in our community. He is a Board member of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union, Washington State Council.
Mike’s community service in Edmonds began with his participation on the City of Edmonds' Climate Protection Committee and the Planning Board. Mike previously served as a Deputy Sheriff in Marin County, CA.
Mike earned his Bachelor's Degree from George Washington University and a law degree from Gonzaga University. He lives in Edmonds with his wife, Erica, and their two young sons.