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Snohomish City Of Lynnwood 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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    Ruth Ross (NP) Department of Social and Health Services Records Analyst

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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)?

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Phone (425) 835-2301
Email Reelect.ruth.ross@gmail.com
Town where you live Lynnwood
Experience (300 characters max) What I bring to this position, is that I have a depth of understanding of complex issues facing Lynnwood. It is through my family, education, professional and volunteer work, I am driven to be an advocate for social equity. My top priority is to ensure that every voice is heard in every process.
Many cities around the nation are facing serious infrastructure failures, roads, bridges, and major systems such as wastewater treatment. Lynnwood is no exception. We are actively working on culvert and flooding issues, using technology to determine the needs of our transportation system, and utilizing continuous improvement to our lift stations and wastewater treatment plant. Lynnwood needs to continue to bring innovation solutions and making sustainable plans for our infrastructure systems.
Lynnwood residents have known of the homeless population in Lynnwood but many do not realize the this population includes children in our schools. We are actively working on addressing this crisis and working with regional partners to find solutions to this multi-dimensional problem. Homelessness is not confined to one city, therefore I will be recommending the creation of a regional homeless task group to study what has worked in other communities throughout the nation, and find ways to implement the best solutions.
My commitment to seniors begins at home where I care for my 82 year-old mother. Our growing senior population is active, engaged, and full of life. I support new and innovative programs to help seniors safely navigate the cyber-highway and to encourage wellness through nutrition and activity. We have to ensure those who are dependent on services in our community have those services readily available. Homage moving to a central location in Lynnwood is a good example of ways we are improving access to these services.
Lynnwood mission is a vibrant and welcoming city to all. The city has hit refresh on a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission to get direct input from Lynnwood resident on how address the various topics of immigration. Creating a safe and open environment for residents to speak about and learn about immigration is important and difficult step to we must continue to work on. Immigration is a multi-dimensional platform that we have to ensure everyone feels safe and welcomed in process of resolving any illegal issue.
Growth, growth, growth! With Light Rail on the horizon and City Center development beginning, we must address the impacts of this growth before it happens. I have asked the administration to begin preparing a plan for addressing the potential loss of affordable housing and displacement of residents due to development. We must look for real solutions for the impacts to our already challenging traffic. With this growth Lynnwood must address the change in revenues. Due to increasing internet sales and decline of “brick and mortar” stores the, volatility of revenues from sales taxes remains a serious issue for the city.
Planning and encouraging sustainable and sensible growth management is going to be the main issue over the next few years.
I’m fortunate to have a good working relationship with the administration. This mayor has shown real vision for the future of Lynnwood. When we disagree, she and I can sit down and talk till we can reach agreement. I find the administration very receptive to suggestions and ideas. Treatment of the council and staff has dramatically improved over the past 4 years which is noticeable by the increase of trust and improved moral between the administration and staff.

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