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-Mill Creek Planning Commissioner, City of Mill Creek, 2014-current
-Legislative Assistant, State Senator Guy Palumbo, 1st LD, 2017-current
-Campaign Manager, Committee to Elect Guy Palumbo, 2016-2017
-Legislative Intern, Senator Steve Hobbs, 2015
-Field Director, Senator Steve Hobbs, 2014-2015
Mill Creek is a rapidly growing city and we are starting to see some of the issues that traditionally come when a young small city begins to grown quickly. We have issues with traffic, parking, road maintenance and available housing. As a councilmember I look forward to working on the efficiency of the traffic lights at our highly congested intersection, potentially expanding the park and ride spaces and investing in necessary road repairs.
I think expanding affordable housing is a big way to help find people homes (Mill Creek already has some affordable housing options but could potentially expand in this area).
Additionally, attacking the opioid epidemic would help the homelessness crisis so spreading awareness and working with law enforcement to help treat addicts more effectively would benefit the homelessness issue.
Senior citizens have put in their dues, worked their whole lives and are now in need of our society's respect and, in many cases, our protection. Mill Creek has a large elderly population so maintaining the senior center and keeping our community safe are two of my commitments to our senior citizens.
Because Mill Creek is so small, there is not a lot of immigration in our city. That said, I am a supporter of sanctuary cities. I do not know that Mill Creek will necessarily become a sanctuary city but at the very least I will fight to make sure all residents, whether they are citizens or not, documented or undocumented, are treated with dignity and respect and feel safe in our community.
A few of the other issues in Mill Creek include:
-Ensuring that we continue to maintain a balanced city budget (last year was the first year in a long time that we have had a balanced budget)
-Solidifying the contracts with the firefighters to make sure our city continues to be safe and protected
-Finding ways to attract new businesses and tourists to Mill Creek to increase our revenue
Considering the firefighters contract negotiations are moving in the right direction already, finding ways to get new businesses here is the most urgent of these listed issues. It is vital to the future success of the city because we need to increase revenue to maintain our balanced budget. We have many vacant storefronts but ample residents in and around Mill Creek looking for local shopping and restaurant options. Finding ways to make Mill Creek a more attractive place for new businesses to come in a priority for me and is a very solvable problem.
I believe my strongest quality is my ability to communicate work well with others. It is always important when working with people who may have different opinions to consider other perspectives and respect the other point of view. Inevitably there will be issues that I disagree with our mayor and other councilmembers about but I plan to always treat everyone with respect, honesty and consideration. I will be the youngest and least experienced member on the council so it is especially important that I give the mayor and councilmembers respect and I am thoughtful during deliberations.