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First political office sought
16 years active duty military service
After the military, I wanted to find ways to serve my community. I saw problems with the council trying to find new ways to tax the citizens, failing to answer the drug & crime problem or finish projects, and how the GMA was effecting members of the community. Our problems stem from a lack of planning, budgeting and logistics, which just happened to be my specialty in the military. This as a chance to make an impact for my fellow citizens as well as get the common man back into politics.
We have to allow for development outside of the county approved GMA area's. Its negatively impacting our communities.
Drugs & Crime - We need to start investing more into local police forces. A first responder shouldn't have to worry about jurisdiction to help someone.
Overtaxation – The county has some of highest sales taxes in the nation brought on by ST3, rising property taxes and a bloated budget. We have to stop using our residents like ATM's that we can tax when a new problem comes along
I believe the impending drug & crime epidemic requires more attention and can be helped with common sense thinking. I have the utmost respect for the law. I want to give local police and sheriff’s departments the tools that they need to deter criminal behavior and have a more visible appearance in our communities. We also need small things, like more lighting on our beautiful paths, crack down on residential speeders and promote a more vigilant community that will report crimes immediately.
Infrastructure is key. Housing developers have been allowed to come in and tear up our roads, block traffic, put a stress on our civil services and overcrowd our schools. I want to slow these developers down, put them on a schedule so that the growth is steadier and less impactful to the community. I also want them to invest in the community before they build. They know they will bring in more people and they need to get our neighborhoods ready for it. Every location where a business or housing development is being built is doing so backwards. They are constructing the buildings and then putting efforts on the roads when it needs to be the other way around. They need to build the roads before construction on buildings begins. We didn’t build train stations before we built the tracks. The tracks came first. I also want developers to put a down payment before building that will be put towards infrastructure like getting our schools ready for the new students that will be coming in.
I have heard about how senior citizens are being ignored by the council. Some told me ways to alleviate traffic issues. Our senior citizen community is a great resource for us to use. I heard that a senior center was planned and placed on the outskirts of the county. They need a meeting place that is equally accessible by all of them and provide more localized transportation which is severely lacking. The rise in property taxes is forcing seniors to undesirable areas and needs to stop.
On the issue of illegal immigration, we look more at the word ‘immigration’ and gloss over the word ‘illegal’. Regardless of how they got here or why they came, if it was done illegally, they committed a crime and we have an obligation to uphold the law. We have an immigration and visa system that works. We need to spend more time promoting the ease of access that legal immigration provides if done through proper channels. I do not promote mass deportation but lets fix whats in place now.
The homeless community is populated with people that are either addicts, have little to no skills or have no support structure. We need to establish an outreach program to find, identify & assist them. We need to find detox facilities for addicts, get the uneducated some training in a field that will allow them to find work immediately, and we need to support them, not just financially but also guide them through the process they have to take to become contributing members of our society again.
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Snohomish County Council (2013-Present), Served 17 years on Mill Creek City Council including four terms as Mayor; Puget Sound Regional Council-Economic Development and Transportation Policy Boards; Serves on board that oversees the Northshore Senior Center; Youth Soccer Coach; Married, father of 4.
I'm proud to have served Snohomish County for the past four years, but we have much more work to do! My background is as a business professional, and I worked hard to pass fiscally sound budgets that invest in programs important to local families.
I’m a dad and coach, who knows the importance safeguarding our parks and playfields, bolstering public safety programs, and protecting the health and well being of our families. I work hard to be responsive, to listen and I hope to earn your vote.
Snohomish faces many challenges but I’m proud of my track record of standing up for our communities. 1) I'm committed to securing new investments in transportation infrastructure and transit to deal with our growing traffic challenges. 2) I will work with local businesses and workers to grow our economy and ensure every family has the opportunity they deserve. 3) We have to continue bolstering public safety and fight our growing opioid epidemic that hurts families throughout our communities.
Addressing traffic and the rapid growth we have experienced in recent years is of the utmost importance. I was proud that we are investing $91 million in traffic related projects over the next few years in my district. I helped improve transit options with increased service from Community Transit where I serve on the Board of Directors. I am committed to working with regional leaders on a comprehensive plan to address our growing traffic crisis through new transits and road investments.
As previously mentioned many of them are rooted in transportation investments to help deal with our rapid growth. One of my top priorities is improving pedestrian safety. Working with colleagues he was able to create a new sidewalk program with dedicated funds ($570,000 annually) to fill in sidewalk gaps in the highest development areas. I helped secure funds for adaptive signals to improve traffic flow, added additional roundabouts, traffic lights and other transportation related infrastructure. Working with state and local leaders I was able to provide more bus and rapid transit options for commuters. Preserving our quality of life is critical and I'm proud that we were able to secure millions in funding for parks and open space (through Conservation Futures) and other community projects. I am working to increase housing affordability and will work to ensure that the County grows in a smart way to help meet our future needs.
I value our seniors and have worked tirelessly to support them and our most vulnerable. I currently serve on the board that oversees the Northshore Senior Center and have increased funding to senior centers throughout Snohomish County. I helped the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center receive a surplus Community Transit van to provide rides for seniors and am working to keep property taxes manageable for those on fixed incomes.
Immigrants are important members of our community and economy. I support finding pathways to citizenship and its time for our Federal Government to act on comprehensive immigration reform. For far too long they have avoided this issue and it is critical they act. At the County level I do not believe we should be focused on immigration issues. There are agencies that are focused on that and we have more pressing priorities such as fighting the opioid epidemic and other public safety concerns.
Our growing homelessness crisis is something we must address. I was proud to vote with my colleagues to provide a $1,000,000 County contribution to a Low Barrier Housing Project. This project partnered with the City of Everett to establish a homeless pilot project plan. Further we were able to put $1,000,000 back into the Sheriffs Department which included funding for the Office of Neighborhoods, which has made significant progress in helping those who find themselves in a housing crisis.