Dear City Council,

I've been a resident of the city for nine years and am writing to let you know how appalled I was watching the council meeting on June 16, 2020. The manner in which you brought up and removed Nicolas Duchastel de Montrouge from the planning commission was a shameful disgrace.

Aside from Councilmember Boundy-Sanders, I find none of you credible. Your tactics reek of unethical plotting and maneuvering. How many more city volunteers will you force out because you simply dislike them? This needs to stop.

In my interactions with Nicolas, he has only been kind, hard-working, and an eager volunteer. He has always taken the ethical approach even when being repeatedly slandered and harassed by councilmembers. His campaign focused on what he would do to help the city, he listened to what the people wanted, and he did not focus on degrading his opponents.

At the council meeting where he was ousted, there was no credible evidence of wrongdoing presented. It appeared much more like one or two councilmembers' personal vendettas against a city volunteer. Remember, he is a volunteer!

And why were we not given a chance to hear Nicolas' side? You are a disgrace of a council to have done this and not even let him speak. The people of Woodinville will not stand for your corruption. Who will you bully and force out next?

I would also like to express frustration at how disrespectfully the message of his removal was delivered during the planning commission meeting on June 17, 2020. No evidence was provided; the news blindsided another commissioner and brought her to tears as she recused herself from the meeting because of the lies being spewed.

The attending councilmember (Rachael Best-Campbell) continued to focus on her personal feelings in a combative manner, which was not appropriate in any way at this time. This is a major disappointment for the city. Woodinville deserves better.

The public is fully aware of your deceitful tactics and will not stand for it.

Amanda Thompson


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