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Snohomish City Of Monroe Council Position #3

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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    Jeff Rasmussen (NP) Director of Monroe Boys & Girls Club & Monroe City Council Member

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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) 466-9705
Email the_rasmussens@comcast.net
Town where you live Monroe, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Monroe City Councilmember; Mayor Pro-Tem; Snohomish County Health District Executive Committee Board representing Monroe, Snohomish, Sultan, Gold Bar & Index; and a member of City’s “P4” (Police, Parks, Public Works, Transportation) Committee. Former Monroe Parks Board Member/Chair
Transportation is one of the matters of concern currently. Hwy 522 continues to give Monroe residents and students troubles as it is constantly backed up. The Mayor and Council have done a great job of working with regional leaders to put pressure on the 1st Legislative District and the State to provide funding to continue the widening of the highway. It's important that we elect leaders with regional experience to help keep that momentum moving forward. Additionally, I am very supportive of the 191st extension. I have continued to advocate for the option that brings traffic from the Rainier View neighborhood to the Chain Lake Round a bout and provides wide enough shoulders for pedestrian and bicycle access. Finally, I and other Council Members had a big win with our transportation issues when we completed Tjerene Place extension, creating a East/West corridor on the North side of Hwy 2. I believe we need the same for the same on the south side of Hwy 2 to help with Hwy 2 traffic.
I advocated to the Mayor and supported the additional of the Embedded Social Worker. That position became official in June and has had great success in getting some of our homeless the help they need including housing, drug rehab or even employment assistance.

As a former Board Member of Housing Hope's East County Board, I've seen the positive impacts this organization can have and would advocate for a stronger partnership with the City to continue to offer housing assistance programs in our community.

Additionally, I feel it is important that we also offer programs and incentives for more affordable housing in Monroe. We want people to be in their own homes that they can afford.

Housing and homelessness is not just a Monroe issue, it's a regional issue as well. That is why it's important that we elect leaders with regional leadership and advocacy experience.
I have continued to support our Senior residents. As a Council Member, when I heard that Community Transit was going to cut service along Village Way, I quickly rallied with leaders from the Senior Center, Monroe Library, Sky Valley Food Bank to advocate to the Mayor and our Community Transit representative on Council to encourage Community Transit to keep the Village Way line. Not only did they keep the line, they added additional bus stops along the way. I also continue to support the funding of the Senior Center transportation bus each year.

As the Director of the Boys & Girls Club, my office is across the street from the East County Senior Center and have partnered numerous times with them to bring awareness and programs to help support the group. We are currently working on a partnership to include the Monroe Library that will bring more community awareness to the services all three of our organizations offer.
I support our current approach when it comes to these issues.
In addition to our transportation & homelessness matters, drugs in our community are also a concern. I was appointed by our City Council 2 years ago to represent Monroe and the rest of East Snohomish County on the Snohomish County Board of Health. I continue to work with leaders from other cities and the County to address the drug issues we all face. Monroe adding the Embedded Social Worker was a huge win in this fight.

Additionally, I supported an expanded Drug Take Back program that provides safe & secure drop boxes for prescription and over the counter drugs at most pharmacy locations. This makes it much easier for our residents to safely dispose of the unwanted & unused drugs before falling into harmful hands.
All three of these matters are urgent and are currently being addressed. There is a lot of momentum moving in a position direction from our City and our Council. I am proud of the work I have done on these matters and many others in support of our Community and I hope that voters will all me, as someone with experience already to continue addressing these matters on their behalf.
I have a great working relationship with the Mayor and our new City Administrator. If there is something of importance that I do not feel is being addressed, I have always been able to contact the Mayor and received positive collaboration from him and his staff.
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