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Town of Woodway Mayor/Council

Carla A. Nichols, Mayor
Term ends: December 31, 2021

A northwest native who has lived in the Puget Sound area for over 40 years, 19 of which have been in Woodway. Raised on an apple ranch in eastern Oregon, Carla attended Whitman College and received a Master’s Degree from Fisk University, Nashville, TN. Professional experience includes community mental health administration and ten years with King County government. Carla has enjoyed 38 years of marriage to her college beau, Dean Nichols, and they have three sons. Carla’s proudest Woodway accomplishment: working with other residents to bring $ 1.7 M state and county funds to Woodway for the purchase of public open space lands.


Council Position 1

Tom Whitson


Term ends: December 31, 2021

My family and I have made our home in Woodway since 2000 when we completed the building of our new house. We lived in Edmonds for 12 years prior to moving to Woodway. We enjoy the quiet, great friends and neighbors, and the beautiful views of the Sound and Olympic Mountains to the west.


For the past twenty years I have been involved in financial advisory work with municipalities, hospitals, and private corporations. I have degrees from the University of California and Columbia University in the City of New York .


My involvement with the Town of Woodway began over five years ago. On the Planning

Commission I worked on the Comprehensive Plan for the Town, the Parks Committee, the Pt. Wells Advisory Committee and the Critical Areas Ordinance. I left the Planning Commission as Chairman when I was appointed to Council Position #1.


I am interested in contributing to the success that Woodway, as a community, has enjoyed. Going forward the Town will need to respond and plan for impacts from development proposals as well as maintaining the services we have come to expect.


Council Position 2

Kent Saltonstall, MD
Term ends: December 31, 2021

I grew up in New Hampshire and received degrees from Yale, Columbia, and Tufts Universities. My wife, Inger, and I were married in Norway in 1969. We have three adult daughters and one grandson. After service in the US Navy and completion of training in Orthopedic Surgery, I moved to Woodway with my family in 1976. I worked at Group Health Cooperative for 21 years, and now teach several courses at the University of Washington Medical School.

I have served on the Woodway Council since 1998. My focus has been to preserve the forested and private character of the Town, provide financial discipline in government, and serve as the only medical professional on several governing boards responsible for emergency services in our part of Snohomish County.


Council Position 3

Bill Anderson


Term ends: December 31, 2021


My wife Ruth and I moved to Woodway in 1983 after living in Edmonds the previous 16 years. We have two sons who both graduated from Woodway High School before going on to college.

I retired from Morgan Stanley in 2000 after working 34 years as an investment advisor and branch manager. Currently, I serve as an arbitrator for the National Association of Security Dealers.

My past activities include serving on the Lutheran Community Services Board, the Foss Home Board and currently the Hearthstone Board. I was on the Washington State University Foundation Board where I chaired the Regents/Foundation Investment Committee which oversaw the WSU endowment. For Woodway, I have served on the Point Wells Committee and am currently on the Parks Committee.

Maintaining the character of our town is a personal priority. I marvel at our good fortune to reside in such a jewel of a community. With my financial background, the long term fiscal health of Woodway is of paramount importance to me as a Councilmember and as a resident.


Council Position 4

Tom Howard


Term ends: December 31, 2019

A fifteen year resident of Woodway, I moved here with my Northwest-native wife Nancy, our two daughters, and our son after eighteen years in Seattle. I was born, raised & educated in Western Kentucky, and moved to Seattle in the late seventies to continue my engineered machinery career. I am currently employed as Area Manager for Weir Minerals North America.

I have served on the Seattle Metro Citizens Water Quality Advisory Committee, and am a long time member of the Water Environment Federation as well as the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. Prior to being appointed to Council Position #4, I spent the better part of two terms on the Town's Planning Commission.

My personal goal for Position #4 is to preserve the character & beauty of Woodway that originally attracted my family to this town.


Council Position 5

Elizabeth Mitchell


Term ends: December 31, 2019

I was born and raised in Seattle and attended Harvard University, graduating with a degree in English Literature. I came back to Puget Sound, working for my family’s transportation company, as well as arts organizations and political campaigns. Returning to school I earned a degree in painting from the University of Washington and began to paint full-time. I was fortunate enough to be able to show my work in Seattle.

In 1996, my partner Scott, his daughter Chloe and I moved to Woodway, excited to find a community on the Sound which values our native forest environment. We found a place where we could realize our dream of keeping horses at home while living close to the advantages of our region’s largest city.

The Town of Woodway is truly exceptional in these characteristics. As a Council Member I hope to help preserve the unique character of our Town for the benefit of all residents.



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