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King, Snohomish County City of Bothell Council Position No. 6

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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  • Davina Duerr

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    Sean G. Palermo

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What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastructure?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

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Phone (425) 381-1464
Town where you live Bothell
Experience (300 characters max) - Founder of the Young Progressives at Gonzaga University - Project Manager for the NRECA(trade association & lobbying firm) in Washington DC - Volunteer for Friends of Bernie Sanders & Inslee For America
As the founder of the Young Progressives at Gonzaga University we worked to promote equality through community outreach, living Jesuit values, and volunteering toward city improvement plans. As a project manager for the National Rural Electric Cooperative I worked with people from all backgrounds of life to promote cost saving measures for rural communities and organize large events with House and Senate members. As a volunteer on multiple grassroots presidential campaigns I have learned a great deal about building a plan and executing on those plans as it relates to government.
I want to create a thriving city with a green economy, reasonable rent costs, healthy citizens, and financial independence. If we don't address problems facing every generation now, we won't be better off 5, 10, or 100 years down the line.

It will be my goal to protect low income and senior citizens of Bothell by putting money back into the hands of people. The Bothell City Council currently wastes millions of dollars on consultants for projects every year when in reality, they aren't needed. This is the City Council outsourcing work, taking your city budget, and paying themselves a full salary. I will work to implement a dividend for struggling citizens young and old once we cut the wasteful spending and put full time council members into office.
When a party hands elected seats from one person to another based on friendships and funding, not qualifications or elections, the biggest obstacle is even getting a chance to have a seat at the table. A campaign is expensive and I am running against an incumbent who just recently was appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives. Unfortunately the incumbent believes Bothell City Council is a part time job, deserving of part time effort, on a full time city salary. The incumbent is focused on trying to double up on salary, while spending half of their time away from Bothell in Olympia. When a party hands seats from one person to another consecutively based on friendships, not qualifications, the biggest obstacle is getting a seat at the table. I will be a full time advocate for Bothell.
I want to make Bothell a focus of the Clean Technology industry. We have a chance here to be world leaders in emerging technologies if we make the right connections and attract the right companies. I would like to consider creating a venture fund to create good paying, clean, and socially beneficial jobs. I will also make sure to protect our residents from chemicals, tainted food, and water.
A growing economy feeding off of Seattle has placed us in a situation where we must act fast on road expansion. Bothell will continue growing at a rapid pace. We need to do better to make main roads more accessible and wider, while protecting our communities from people taking short cuts that put children in danger. The overall goal is reduce traffic and protect families.
We should fund more government owned housing options for low income individuals, as well as set up city based programs for rehabilitation and reintegration into society for homeless who may suffer from mental health issues or drug addiction. When there are more unoccupied houses in the United States than there are homeless citizens, we know we have a capitalism problem, not a homeless problem.
Immigration is imminent one way or another whether you are for or against it. We have the world's strongest economy in Seattle right next to us, climate change devastating already impoverished countries, authoritarian government's emerging worldwide, and a growing housing cost crisis. We need to secure affordable and government owned housing to prepare for an immigration influx as well as implement strict rent control standards.
Through modern technological avenues such as Facebook, Twitter, or even creating an application that allows for easy communication between City Manager, Council Members, and citizens. I think the Council should also be mandated to meet more often as well. We shouldn't pay full time salaries to Council Members' sticking to norms and checking the boxes, we deserve better.