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King County City of Kent 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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    Hira Singh Bhullar

  • Les Thomas

Biographical Information

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

How would you describe your vision for your city?

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?

How would you propose the council communicate with the citizens of your city or town?

Phone 423-314-2674
Town where you live Kent, WA
Experience (300 characters max) I have 23 years of professional and business experience. Also serving as Board member at following local non-profit organizations: -Kent Youth and Family Services -Khalsa Gurmat Center -Kent Schools Foundation -Kent YMCA -Kent Sunrise Rotary -King County VSHSL Advisory Board
I have a strong passion for public service. I believe my background in business and my experience in Kent non-profits will be a benefit as Kent continues to grow andchange over the next few years. I serves as a board member for Kent Youth & Family Services, Kent YMCA, Kent Schools Foundation, Sunrise Rotary Club and Khalsa Gurmat School, King county Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy advisory board. I have over 23 years of professional experience in different business sectors while working in IT. As a Senior Software Developer at Starbucks Coffee, I supports retail operations, supply chain and sales data. I previously supported Human Resources, Payroll, Accounts Payable and General Ledger at USXpress trucking company, Flooring Materials manufacturing at Mohawk Industries and IT Sales Team and Education at IBM.
I love Kent since I moved here from TN in March 2008. I can see a vision of a welcoming place with affordable housing, good jobs, safe streets and a good safety net so people can get back on their feet.
Wide range of public service and business experience has taught me that so many residents of Kent share common values and want to build on those values as we propel into the future.

I will always make sure our first responders have the resources they need to do their job. We have to make sure every street in every neighborhood is safe and welcoming.

Affordability is key to a great community. We can build regional partnerships, bring in business and housing non-profits to increase affordable housing so our kids don't have to move because they can't afford to raise their family here.

We need do more work to create jobs here in Kent. My goal will be that if someone who lives in Kent wants to work in Kent, they can do that.
We must protect our environment. I was involved in I-1631 campaign and big supporter single use plastic bag ban. Working with community to promote composting and recycling. As a elected officials need to work toward: - Single use plastic ban - Cut idling zones (Traffic congestions or school pickup zones). Promote carpooling - Use clean energy sources - Promote more composting, recycling
Kent need better roads, good public transportation system and uplift in IT infrastructure. Being an software engineer I believe that we can solve lot of problems with technology. All city departments need uplift in IT infrastructure, especially Police department. AI and other state of art technologies will help police department to work faster.
As a member of non-profits I am already working on this issue. There is no easy solution for this issue. Need affordable housing, low income housing, create more jobs and homeless shelter. Long term I think this issue need to resolve together by government and community organizations.This is a regional problem not just Kent. Need to work with city department heads and community members. I support policies to generate more permanently affordable and resident-controlled housing can increase wealth in lower-income communities. More supportive housing and better public housing, rent regulations, and legal aid for low-income renters would help protect people from unreasonable housing cost increases, displacement, and homelessness.
Kent is declared a welcoming city in 2015 and Kent police doent ask immigration status while working with residents. Kent is minority majority city and about 138 languages spoken in Kent.
I purpose council keep residents informed thru all social media channels(Facebook, Twitter, etc.), TV21 is other option. Residents should be able to access all records and applications online. Licensing and permitting area need more work to do.
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