Mayor & Council


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

I am a northwest native who has lived in Woodway since 1991. I was raised on an apple ranch in eastern Oregon, and attended Whitman College followed by receiving a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fisk University, Nashville, TN.

 My professional experience includes community mental health administration and ten years with King County government as a program administrator. I married my college beau, Dean Nichols, and have three adult sons. My proudest Woodway accomplishment: working with other elected leaders and residents to bring a combined total of $ 3.9M in state and county funds to Woodway for the purchase of public open space and park lands. These lands are for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Tom Whitson, Council Position 1
Term ends: December 31, 2021Councilmember Tom Whitson

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.

Councilmember Kent SaltonstallKent Saltonstall, MD, Council Position 2
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.

Councilmember Bill AndersonBill Anderson, Council Position 3
Term ends: December 31, 2021                               

My wife Ruth and I moved to Woodway in 1983 with our two sons who both graduated from Woodway High School before attending college. I worked in the investment field for over 36 years and served as an arbitrator for FINRA.  My activities include serving on the Boards of Lutheran Community Services, Foss Home, The Hearthstone and the WSU Foundation. 

For Woodway, I have served on the Point Wells and the Parks committees. Currently I serve on the Boards of Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management and the Snohomish County Alliance for Housing Affordability.

My priorities on the Council are to maintain the viability of Woodway.  I feel the Town of Woodway is truly exceptional and wish to preserve our unique character.

Councilmember Tom HowardTom Howard, Council Position 4
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.

Councilmember Elizabeth MitchellElizabeth Mitchell, Council Position 5
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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