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King County City of Burien Council Position No. 6

The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.

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    Sofia Aragon
    (NP)

  • Debi Wagner
    (NP)

Biographical Information

What experiences have you had that qualify you for this position?

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What are the obstacles in the path of achieving your vision?

What do you think is your city/town’s role in dealing with issues surrounding the environment?

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 (206) 778-2891
Email SofiaforBurien@gmail.com
Town where you live Burien, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Sofia's career in public policy spans almost 20 years. She advocates for access to quality health care, a stronger public health system, addressing nursing workforce shortages, ending homelessness, finding solutions to affordable housing, and promoting civic engagement for diverse communities.
My previous work included governmental affairs and health policy with the Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Department of Commerce, and the Washington State Nurses Association advocating for registered nurses, school nurses, and advanced registered nurse practitioners in Olympia. In partnership with other organizations, she advocated for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, assured equitable health care for all communities, laws to assure workplace safety, and a stronger higher education system. As the Executive Director of the WA Center for Nursing, II understand the perspective and challenges of small businesses. As an attorney, my legal training would be key to shaping municipal law and policy as a member of the Burien City Council.
I want to make sure Burien is a safe, health, and inclusive place where my family and residents both new and old can call home for a lifetime. As a member of the Burien Urban Center Advisory Committee, my goal is to ensure that planning for the growth of Burien over the next 20 years includes making sure that health, education, and workforce needs of our community are addressed. Strong public policy creates opportunity. While Burien is moving forward for plans for more growth, this should be connected to strengthening schools, health and social services residents need, and creating living wage jobs for everyone.
The challenges our city faces include smart planning to support growth while maintaining its historic character and identity. Meanwhile, our population is growing and becoming increasingly diverse. Managing and planning for growth requires a process that is inclusive of the diverse voices of our community. Being inclusive results in strong public policy that the entire community can support. In addition, I am committed to creating a collaborative environment among council members to foster problem solving and a focus on the issues.
Burien is home to many parks and green spaces which our residents value and families rely on for recreation. Making sure these common spaces are safe and well maintained is an important part of creating health communities as well as promoting public safety and assuring environmental preservation. As an employer, the City of Burien can adopt policies to make sure city activities minimize environmental impacts. The city can also develop and adopt incentives to promote green businesses and technologies as part of economic development.
Years old annexation and continued population growth is stressing the city’s aging infrastructure. There needs to be both the addition and updating of roads, completing sidewalks, and other crucial infrastructure throughout the city. Strong infrastructure is one where residents and visitors alike are encouraged to use walk and use different modes of transportation to travel throughout Burien's urban core and residences. A strong infrastructure promotes both public safety and economic vitality.
As a member of the Burien Urban Center Advisory Committee, my goal is to ensure that planning for the growth of Burien over the next 20 years includes making sure that health, education, and workforce needs of our community are addressed. Strong public policy creates opportunity. Burien has committed to being a regional growth center to increase housing stock in the city. With the opportunity to increase housing for more individuals and families, this should attract businesses and increase economic vitality. Homelessness is a concern for both Burien and neighboring cities. As a city council member, I would prioritize affordable housing for everyone and craft more fair housing laws. I also look forward to collaborating with neighboring cities to support a regional approach to homelessness.
Immigration is foremost a federal issue. According to the ACLU, nearly one million Washingtonians – one in every seven people in this state – are immigrants, and they are an integral part of our communities and workforce. Immigration is a federal issue and the federal government has increased enforcement of civil immigration law by 40 percent. The City of Burien would promote public safety by being compliant with the recently passed Keep Washington Working Act. This will decrease racial profiling, and prevent the undermining of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. This prevents non-citizens from being afraid of reporting crime or appear as witnesses, making us all less safe. I support policies that promote inclusion, reject discrimination, and prevent needless fear that undermines public safety.
While City Hall is a convenient gathering place for residents to interact with the council, I would make sure that there are regular interactions with City Council members and staff in community spaces where residents are likely to gather and are accessible to everyone. In addition, I would continue the City's efforts to inform residents through print and social medial. I would continue to encourage opportunities for residents to engage in advisory committees to inform city policy. Educational materials should be made available in multiple languages as well as accessible to persons with disabilities.
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