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City of Issaquah Mayor

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $104,148The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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Phone (425) 591-9570
Town where you live Issaquah
Experience (300 characters max) Issaquah City Council since 2012; President 2014–15 Growth Management Policy Board since 2016 Eastside Fire and Rescue 2016 Joint Recommendations Committee 2014–15 Eastside Human Services Forum 2012–15 Human Services Comm. 2008–11 Software professional since 1984 BS Computer Science, Ohio State 1984
I’m running for Mayor because I want the Issaquah we leave to our children to be as special and caring as it is today. Our city is at a critical time in its history. Growth from within and around us threatens much of what we hold dear. My 6 years on the City Council and many years of leadership experience help me to see the big picture and inspire people to come together to do what’s right for Issaquah. Every Issaquah Mayor since 1990 agrees, and all have endorsed me to be your next Mayor.
The top issues facing Issaquah are population growth, traffic congestion, and housing affordability. Many Issaquah residents are concerned that the impacts of population growth will change the culture that they love, strain our infrastructure, and ruin their quality of life. The growth around Issaquah and the pass-through traffic it creates adds tens of thousands of cars to our streets each day The congestion hurts families and businesses, and spews tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
Growth and traffic congestion are inseparable as our top issues. For growth, I will fight to save our open spaces and existing neighborhoods, and focus transit-oriented and compact development to the central area around Gilman Blvd. where there are mostly parking lots today. For traffic, I will work with our regional partners--the State, King Co., Sound Transit, and nearby cites--to make investments that improve regional roads, and deliver more transit to capture trips before they enter Issaquah
I want to grow our investments in seniors. I will look to further our funding of agencies that provide senior services, such as Eastside Friends of Seniors. Three years ago I led the fight to save our Senior Center, and now once again we have a welcoming and inclusive Center whose members can call their own. Now the Center is ready to take the next steps to address the wider needs of our growing senior population, and I am committed for the City to do its share. I will also work with partners--including the County Assessor, the King County Housing Authority, the King County Home Repair Program, and ARCH--to help all of those who wish to, to age in place. Our senior citizens who live in Providence Point deserve a new, safer roadway interchange, and I am working as a Councilmember to fund that project, so as Mayor I can oversee the construction of this long overdue improvement.
Public safety and law enforcement must be applied equally regardless of anyone’s status. Issaquah is a welcoming place and our police work hard every day to be approachable and of service to everyone and anyone in need. Fear of the police is counter-productive to our goals as a City. Our police are not equipped to handle illegal immigration matters that are the concern of Federal government. Earlier this year I joined Mayor Butler and other Council members and signed a proclamation stating this.
Our streets are strained by congestion during rush hour, especially in the afternoon & evening. The biggest reason is because of drive-through traffic. As I said above, I will work with our regional partners to improve the road network around us and give some relief to our citizens. Further, our growth must be focused in the central area, where we can build out the transportation network concurrent with the addition of mixed use and more compact housing.
I join others throughout King County in my commitment to help make homelessness brief, one time, and rare. I support funding for human services providers, such as HopeLink, Friends of Youth, Congregations for the Homeless, Imagine Housing, and Sofia’s Way who provide services and in some cases housing for those experiencing homelessness. As Mayor, I will explore innovative solutions such as tiny housing as a humane and cost effective way to help.

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