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City of Sammamish Council Position No. 1

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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    Mark Baughman (NP) Construction Executive

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    Jason Ritchie (NP) Small Business Owner, Disability Advocate

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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 (206) 778-8964
Email baughman4sammamish@gmail.com
Town where you live Sammamish, WA
Experience (300 characters max) As a 27-year leader in commercial construction, I’m uniquely qualified to champion fiscally disciplined, environmentally sensitive solutions in city government for our growing community.
Sammamish continues growing because of our safe, family-oriented culture. This creates challenges that our next City Council must solve. We need strong leadership to develop financially responsible strategies that balance growth, traffic, parks, ball fields and our natural environment; yet constrain the pace of development to maintain our city’s character. As a geographically constrained city on a hill, Sammamish must have a unique approach to the limited commuting corridors, numerous slope and related storm water issues, and must incorporate all of this into a long range plan for our growing city that keeps the character and natural beauty of the community as key components of our future.
Part of the Sammamish comprehensive plan is a Town Center which has currently begun to develop. This area allocates denser, more affordable housing, providing much more reliable ways for people in the community to find and keep a place to live when circumstances cause this to become a challenge.
Limited housing affordability and transit/transportation options can make Sammamish a difficult place for seniors to live. I support a stronger focus in the Sammamish capital budget for a dedicated senior center within the City. In addition, with the new focus on health and human services by the City government, there may be options to improve transportation options for seniors and help them connect with home and health care providers and similar programs that can help them stay in their homes within the community. This is already some options for property tax mitigation for seniors, and to the extent that the City can influence this I would advocate for further limitations to help senior citizens maintain their financial stability on a fixed income while in a periods of rising property values.
Sammamish has a unique circumstance with many affluent immigrants in and joining our community. Continued and growing efforts by the City to provide community activities, language services, and welcome outreach efforts to make these new members of the community feel welcomed and included.

Government agencies have far more difficult and important ways of focusing their resources and budgets than searching out and actively prosecuting otherwise hardworking members of our community. We have many laws, ordinances and regulations and it is important that people in our community follow and abide by those requirements, but with limited resources and critical priorities, an unnecessary or unbalanced effort to seek out and punish immigrants only detracts from more productive work that needs to be done.
The most significant issues for Sammamish are traffic, tree canopy loss, storm water management, and housing affordability. All of these are most heavily influenced by the housing growth & development caused by the high degree of desirability of Sammamish as a place to live. By better managing the development occurring in the City, we can preserve the character and culture of our community while also providing a wide variety of housing options to support a diverse Sammamish citizenry, both now and in the future.
City government in Sammamish has mostly 'reacted to' rather than 'planned for' growth and development. While a good comprehensive plan exists for the City, past City Council's and staff have not taken this planning any further than the general nature of this comp plan. Further, too many projects have been allow variances or 'deviations' from City ordinance as they've moved forward. It is critical that the next City Council make it clear to staff and developers that City ordinances are to be followed and will be enforced. Then, it may also be necessary to further prescribe restrictions to insure that the character of Sammamish lasts well into the future.
The City's next City Council will need to have some frank, direct conversations with the City Manger and staff about expectations of the citizens for how development is managed within the City, and how the City's residents are treated in this process. Better enforcement, fewer variances & deviations, and much better communication are all needed to meet the expectations of the citizens of Sammamish.
Phone (425) 505-1488
Email electjasonritchie@gmail.com
Town where you live Sammamish
Experience (300 characters max) I’m a husband, father and small business owner who is fortunate enough to call Sammamish home. It would be a privilege to serve on the City Council. The citizens of Sammamish want accountable and responsive leadership. I want to help make that happen.
My mission on the council is simple: More trees, less traffic. Sammamish is a growing community that is challenged by rapid development. We are increasing our road capacity but must be mindful of our commitments to protect our environment. I will support continuing investments into our infrastructure, including storm water retention, walking and biking paths and making sure our crosswalks are safe for kids to get back and forth to school.
Sammamish does have a growing homeless population. The solutions involve working with local and regional partners to bring in resources to make sure every member of our community has a home that they can afford and the security to know that their community cares about them. Housing is only part of the solution. I believe in a comprehensive approach, including mental health advocacy, job training and transportation options.
I work with senior citizens every day. Sammamish is not doing enough to help our seniors afford to live in the community. We need more affordable housing, more accessible transportation options and more local activities focused on our seniors. If elected to the Council, I would make sure that our seniors are front of mind when it comes to housing, transportation and activities.
Sammamish has become a vibrant multicultural community and it's stronger and better because of its multicultural, multiethnic makeup. Everyone is welcome in Sammamish.
Sammamish has an affordable housing challenge. We simply don't have enough affordable housing for our teachers and nurses. It's a challenge for a working family to afford to buy or rent here. They are forced to drive for dozens of miles to work in Sammamish. If elected to the Council, I'd advocate for workforce housing that creates opportunities for middle class families to call Sammamish home.
In Sammamish, it comes down to more trees and less traffic. While we are growing and have a wonderful Town Center that is just getting started, we have a commitment to our lakes, trees and open spaces, a commitment that will outlive all of us. I'm honored to have received the endorsement of the Washington Conservation Voters.
The most important tool I will bring to the council is listening. Taking the time to listen to other elected officials, our city manager and our city staff is the first step in building consensus and creating sound policy that will benefit our city. We have a great city manager and staff that are committed to working with the Council to implement a vision for Sammamish that benefits everyone. I welcome the opportunity to work with other council members, the city manager and staff to keep us going in the right direction.

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