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Councilmember Bob Champion is a Research and Development Staff Scientist with Honeywell Aerospace Advanced Technology. Mr. Champion has 37 years management experience in the design, development and deployment of aviation safety equipment.
Transportation and Roads - Many cities are facing a backlog of road maintenance and repairs that strain or exceed existing resources. Mukilteo is in the same situation. To address this, the City Council created a Transportation Benefit District with new taxing authority - but I do not support a tax increase until we have exhausted all other possible savings options.
Mukilteo Ferry Terminal - Our waterfront will be a massive construction zone in the coming years as the state invests millions in a new ferry terminal. We must be proactive and vigilant to mitigate those impacts and to ensure the best possible result for our residents. Working together, the end result will be a positive for our city and commuters.
Transit - I worked with Community Transit and regional leaders to secure a Park and Ride for Mukilteo and was disappointed that the council voted down what I believed was a viable option. I will continue to work regionally so that Mukilteo’s transit needs are met going forward.
Homelessness is a long-term problem that we must prioritize in Mukilteo by working together to address the root causes. Substance abuse and mental health treatment are the responsibility of the state and county, but local governments shoulder the negative effects like crime, and the associated costs. That’s why we need to work with legislators to fully fund these services.
I do not support additional laws that criminalize being homeless without addressing root causes. I believe we cannot rely solely on law enforcement or our jails to solve this problem - this has not been successful approach in the past, and I don’t believe we should rely on this in the future. Finally - we need to work with other cities and regional partners to ensure that we have adequate housing across the affordability spectrum.
I recognize the knowledge, experience and vitality that seniors bring to our community. I also recognize that it is important that the city provide a place where seniors can meet and socialize. At present, Rosehill has proven to be a wonderful space for our seniors to meet and plan activities. I will continue to advocate for that space to be accessible for their use, and for the entire community. I also believe that the city should be looking to develop affordable housing for independent seniors looking to downsize.
Immigration is not a core function of City Government - we are arguing about it at the local level because our Federal Government has failed for too long to reform our broken immigration system. I supported a ‘welcoming city’ resolution because we are a growing community that is becoming increasingly diverse. I felt it was important that people know they are welcome and won’t be discriminated against by the city regardless of their background. We also must safeguard our resources, and our police are already burdened with their current workload without additional mandates on their time.
Long Range Financial Planning and Budget - I’ve used my years of business experience to cut waste and eliminate inefficiencies in government that have enabled us to fund new priorities. I will work to continue to identify these before asking for new taxes.
Paine Field - We fought commercial aviation for a long time at Paine Field, and although I’m disappointed that we did not succeed, now is the time to move forward. We need to work together with the airport and the carriers to mitigate impacts from plane noise and traffic. If I’m re-elected, I will use my background in aviation safety and engineering to contribute to these discussions.
Waterfront Development - Mukilteo’s waterfront is a tremendous asset to our community. Although it is difficult at times to be host to a ferry as well as a bus and transit center, there are great opportunities for us to improve this area to benefit our residents.
Fiscal management and sustainability is the most urgent issue. Properly managed budgets are the way to ensure that our core mission is accomplished - public safety, roads, parks and facilities that we can be proud of - are only possible when we keep our financial house in order. I believe that City Government should function well enough that you don’t think about it too often.
My career has required a collaborative approach for projects involving multiple companies, in numerous countries, often with many points of conflict that need to be resolved. I will build on that experience to balance the priorities and interests of the City Council with the Mayor to produce the best possible outcome for our citizens. I have a proven track record, and my colleagues have recognized this by electing me Council President for three out of my four years on council. If you choose to re-elect me to this position, I will pledge to be a champion for YOU, to listen to our citizens and put your needs first.
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Professor at the University of Washington. Run businesses for 40 years.
Mukilteo has a lack of facilities for children. Neither the mayor nor my incumbent opponent have any children and appear insensitive to these shortages. We have no city ball fields. No playgrounds south of 92nd Street and our Boys and Girls Club on 2nd street is pathetic. I have posted on my Facebook page @peterzieve photographs of the Boys and Girls Club on Mercer Island. It is gorgeous with three basketball courts. I personally have pledged $200,000 to build a similar facility in Mukilteo.
Homeless is a huge problem next door in Everett. Homeless bring with them drug addiction and crime. We need to do everything possible to keep this problem from coming to Mukilteo. Although there might be prevention strategies this is a national, even international problem and we can’t solve it in Mukilteo. In my platform I propose to adopt the Auburn suite of 14 laws that have kept homeless out of Auburn. Do a google search of Auburn vagrancy laws to learn about this effective strategy.
Many persons have retired from my Mukilteo based company and 75 employees live here. We provide 5% matching 401K and then at the end of the year we max it out to the legal limit. We also split the profit with the employees. So far we have given out $117M to non-management employees in the form of profit sharing. I consider this to be an excellent business model allowing employees to retire comfortably and when they want to. Other businesses that employ our citizen’s should adopt this.
I am opposed to the "welcoming city" resolution which was adopted in Mukilteo on June 5. This is the same as a "sanctuary city" resolution in a different name. I was at the meeting and spoke out against the resolution as did 10 out of 15 that rose to speak. The city council passed this resolution 4:2 against the will of the people of Mukilteo in my view. Immigration is a national issue and Mukilteo should follow all national guidelines.
The city council has created a TBD (Transportation Benefit District) to raise $1.3M of new taxes for road improvements. I consider raising taxes to be unacceptable. We need to live within our means and with the current tax structure. There are various areas to save money in order to divert funds toward road maintenance. We need to determine how much money we can divert and that is the amount of road improvements that we can fund.
Keeping homeless out of Mukilteo is the most urgent. Take a drive up to Everett and see what is happening there.
I have known Mayor Gregerson for years and her husband works for my company. I attended their wedding reception. If the contender Dan Matthews takes the job I have similar familiarity. I have been to his home in Mukilteo and he has been to my home. I consider myself a personal friend of both the mayor and her contender. Working with either of them will not be an issue.