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Kittitas City Of Ellensburg Council 7

The 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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    Derek Flint (NP) Congressional Aide

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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 (253) 218-7234
Email derekflintforcitycouncil@gmail.com
Town where you live Ellensburg
Experience (300 characters max) Education: Central Washington University -- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science; Bachelor of Arts, Law and Justice; Spanish Minor.
Ellensburg is projected to grow significantly over the next couple decades. The City of Ellensburg needs to have a proactive -- rather than reactive -- approach to managing its infrastructure so it can be prepared for the expected growth. We will need to do a significant amount of planning, and we need to ensure that we have north-south and east-west routes that can handle increasing amounts of traffic. We should also be working toward maintaining clean and reliable water and energy, and plenty of green spaces for parks and recreation.
Too often, when we discuss how to deal with homelessness, we respond with quick, inadequate, and simple fixes that do nothing more than hide the problem from plain sight. We should be more focused on long-term solutions to the larger, and often overlooked, issues that lead to homelessness such as lack of mental health services, loss of jobs, and traumatic life events, just to name a few. We need to work to create accessible and effective mental health and counseling services, ensure that we have a variety of jobs available, and even look into the possibility of creating job training programs.
Our seniors are very valuable assets to our community. We sometimes forget that many of them have fought and risked their lives to preserve our freedoms, and they are great sources of wisdom that only time and experience can provide. There are a few ways we can help them. We can ensure that they have access to the services they need, including medical care, pharmacies, hospice, and grocery stores. We should also work to make our public transit system as accessible and convenient as possible to help them get to those services with ease. Finally, we could look into possibly giving some of them breaks on their taxes. Many of them are on fixed incomes, and the cost of living continues to rise. Reducing some of their local taxes is just one thing we can do to make sure they can afford to stay in their own homes.
We should continue to maintain a well-trained police force that can connect and communicate with our immigrant populations to keep everyone more safe. In my view, the City of Ellensburg is welcoming to people from all walks of life, regardless of race, background, immigration status, or any other social factor. It’s my belief that undocumented persons who are obeying the laws of the United States and other jurisdictions within should be treated with respect and dignity. I believe that a significant portion of our community already does a great job with that, but we can always continue to do better.
We have a serious shortage of affordable housing. We have a surplus of 3 or more bedroom homes, while 60% of our community’s families are only 1-2 people. It’s impossible for a family of 1-2 people, while living in poverty, to rent a 3 bedroom home for almost $2000 per month. This is a complex problem that doesn’t have an easy answer , but I believe that the City of Ellensburg can help by working with all parties involved to encourage development of more affordable, 1-2 bedroom apartments and homes.
In my view, the lack of affordable housing options is the most urgent problem Ellensburg residents are facing.
The city council and the city manager have defined roles. We should work together to communicate effectively and be transparent and open. The city council and the city manager should both be seeking public input from a large cross-section of our residents to ensure that we are effectively serving and representing their interests. Everyone needs to be accountable, respectful, ethical, effective at communicating responsive, and transparent.
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