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Snohomish CITY OF MUKILTEO COUNCIL POSITION #3

Term: 4 yrSalary: $6,000The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.
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    Sarah L. Kneller (NP) Television Broadcast Producer and Production Manager

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    Tony Markey (NP) Healthcare Manager

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What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (425) 652-9362
Email kneller4council@gmail.com
Town where you live Mukilteo
Experience (300 characters max) Education: Washington State University- B.A. Broadcast Communications, Production Management Treasurer- Treasured901 (nonprofit supporting foster kids) Everett Gospel Mission- Financial Mentor & Women's and Chidlren's Shelter Our Saviors Lutheran Church- Missions Outreach Committee Leader
Mukilteo is faced with a rising traffic congestion issue.  With the population in our area rising we need to address necessary pavement management issues, sidewalks, bike lanes, and transportation infrastructure that will be sustainable for the long run.  We need to be sure to work with the waterfront development committee to make sure that the traffic from the ferry isn’t being routed through our residential neighborhoods which are not equipped in any way to manage that level of traffic flow.  Parking is another concern amongst residents and rightfully so. With the development of the waterfront we have the opportunity to include more businesses and fill out an attractive destination location, but in order for people to enjoy it accessibility must be prioritized. I would encourage free parking for the businesses. With no bus service within ½ to 1 mile of the schools these kids have a critical need for a safe path to school.  Finally, completion of the Harbour Reach Corridor project.
Our first response needs to be to recognize that homelessness exists in our community.  Traditionally we have been viewed as an affluent community and we have failed to recognize that we have several families living in homelessness or on the very brink of homelessness and that this is a very real issue.  We have the opportunity to start the conversation, destigmatize the conversations around mental health and addiction, and pull together to help these families instead of making them feel helpless and alone. As a volunteer with the Everett Gospel Mission I’ve seen how far people can rise up to overcome difficult situations when they feel supported and safe.  Mukilteo needs to make the families who need assistance feel like they have a welcome place to share their struggles, as a council member we have the opportunity to be a direct line to these families and the policies that are either helping or hurting them.  We have the ability to make small changes that have large impacts.  
Our seniors make up a large portion of our community’s population.  They are a great group and are highly involved in giving back to the community they live in.  We must first stabilize taxes so that they aren’t feeling the growing strain living on a fixed income.  Our seniors have expressed a need for a senior space where they can gather for fellowship, activities, and events and as a group they feel that Rosehill is not the right location for that.  I commit to working with the seniors association to come up with a suitable and sustainable location.  Ultimately this project will be driven by them, what they desire, and what they need for a functional space, but I will be supportive in helping problem solve, strategize execution and find sustainable funding options that work for both the Seniors Association and the city.  I commit to maintaining Affordability, Sustainability, and an Actively Engaged Community for our Seniors.  
Legal immigration should be respected and honored as such.  Our uniqueness, individuality, and life experiences mold us into fascinating individuals.  We should welcome these individuals into our community and be open to the new perspectives and ideas they bring with them.  Illegal immigration, should be assessed on a case by case basis.  Individuals fleeing a tragic or dangerous situation at home should be put on a track to obtain legal status.  Dangerous criminals should be prosecuted as such, just like we would do to anyone who committed a crime in the United States.  First and foremost we need to make sure that our families and communities, this includes the immigrants joining our communities, are safe and provided for.   Safety will always be my number one priority for everyone involved.   
Mukilteo is faced with a rising petty crime, theft, mail theft, and drug epidemic.  We have seen a significant increase in mail theft and break ins.  Most recently a major identity theft incident that was directly related to the mail theft was revealed and the suspect was taken into custody.  Several garage invasions and car prowls occur on a weekly basis and we need to address these issues immediately.  We need to support our police force so they can staff the necessary officers to increase patrols throughout our community, especially at night.  An increased police presence can help cut down on the petty crime and let our neighbors feel safer.  Mental health is another major issue facing our community.  We have had several teen suicides, a triple homicide and depression and drug use beginning at a young age.  As a community we need to rally behind our schools and be supportive of Social and Emotional Learning strategies that implement the community at large.  
Infrastructure is the most  pressing issue in Mukilteo at this time.  I don’t think it’s the only issue that is important, but it is certainly the one that gets the most attention on a daily basis.  We need to address our Infrastructure needs, create a sustainable maintenance program, and develop the connections needed for safe transportation by cars, bikes, and pedestrians
I am a collaborator by nature.  Professionally I collaborate with all personalities and find unique and innovative solutions to challenges.  I believe that challenges are put in front of us so that we can rise up and overcome them and I will never back down from something that may seem difficult.  In fact, I come at it with even more enthusiasm.  In that regard, depending on how our elections go, we may end up with a Mayor or we may end up with a City Manager.  I feel confident that in either case I will be able to work whomever is in the role of leading our city.  I implement a listen, learn, and engage approach to collaboration.  It always starts with listening, and learning from the person or team I am working with.  This allows me to gain a solid understanding of where they are coming from, the vision they see, the way that they communicate, and how to be effective in returning all of these communications.  I haven’t met anyone I couldn’t work with yet.
Phone (425) 286-4300
Email markeyformukilteo@hotmail.com
Web Site http://markey.us
Experience (300 characters max) Tony is a manager in healthcare and has his Master’s in Business Administration. He knows the importance of keeping operations running smoothly, working with staff, and managing large budgets. It’s what he does every day, and he’ll bring that experience to Council.
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From Tony: "While we don't agree 100% of the time, I find that Mayor Gregerson is approachable and frank. I'm proud to say that I'm endorsed by our Mayor, and look forward to working with her on solutions to move our community forward."

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