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King City of Federal Way Council Position No. 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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  • Rose O'Sharon (Sharry) Edwards
    (NP)

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    Susan Honda
    (NP)

Biographical Information

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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 (253) 293-8885
Email hondaforfw@gmail.com
YouTube Video https://youtu.be/jI0OGusDDcE
Town where you live Federal Way
Experience (300 characters max) Elected to City Council Position #3 in 2011. Re-elected in 2015 and elected Deputy Mayor 2018. Past President of Soroptimist International of Federal Way. Past President of the Noon Kiwanis Club of Federal Way. Member of the King County Board of Health. Member of SCATBd. Member of DVI Board FW.
I was elected in 2011, re-elected in 2015 and am running for my 3rd term for City Council Position #3. I was chair of the city’s Art Commission and Chair of the city’s Diversity Commission. I was a School District Volunteer and involved in PTA. I have earned the AWC Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership by attending classes and conferences.
I would like to see Federal Way develop our downtown by bringing businesses, education and housing into the downtown core. I would love to have the Weyerhaeuser Campus, now owned by IRG, become a state park so that the meadows, trails, and lake are preserved for future generations. The existing buildings can house businesses, perhaps even a hotel and event center. Federal Way is full of caring people. We welcome all people here.
We have many issues that need attention such as Homelessness and Crime. We fall short of funding to provide programs and services for the businesses and citizens in Federal Way. And we need to plan for the future.
I believe we can do better when it comes to the environment. We have a chance to preserve open space by partnering with IRG, the County and the State. The City and School District should work together to provide educational opportunities dealing with the environment.
Our infrastructure is aging and we lack the funds to make improvements that are needed. Growth has put more traffic and stress on our roads each year. We are looking at how we can improve funding to maintain our streets. We work with our partners at Lakehaven Utility as they are our water and sewer district.
By working with regional and state leaders we can provide emergency, transitional and affordable housing to make the homelessness a one-time event. We will have a family shelter that will open in the summer of 2020 which will keep our families here in Federal Way instead of having to go to other cities for shelter. We need to address drug addiction and mental health with wrap around services.
Federal Way is a very diverse city. Our School District is considered one of the most diverse in the country. We serve all people regardless of their status. We have a Diversity Commission that is working on ways to increase communication with all of our residents.
This year the Council held our first Coffee with the Council. This was an afternoon meeting where citizens were invited to come to City Hall and talk with Council about any issues or concerns. The Council is planning to hold quarterly Coffee with the Council meetings. We have started our first FaceBook page. We encourage our citizens to email, text, call or engage us in public and talk. We are exploring using our city TV station to provide information because we know it takes many forms of communication to reach our citizens. And all written material is in multiple languages.