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King City of Redmond Mayor

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.

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    Angela Birney
    (NP)

  • Steve Fields
    (NP)

Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major management issues facing your city or town?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work successfully with the council?

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 should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

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

Phone (425) 200-5301
Email angela@electangelabirney.com
Town where you live Redmond
Experience (300 characters max) Redmond City Council President, Hopelink Board Chair, King County Regional Policy Committee, King County Board of Health Vice Chair, Cascade Water Alliance Board, Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Committee, Eastside Transportation Partnership, Leadership Eastside '17, former Science Teacher.
I am running for mayor to guide Redmond through the next stages of growth and maintain the great quality of life that makes our city a wonderful place to live.We need thoughtful and experienced leaders if we are going to solve the toughest challenges facing our city and planet. I believe I can provide strong leadership to keep Redmond on the right track and address our city’s top priorities. Our next mayor must prioritize the city’s livability, environment, and community. I’m prepared to bring those priorities and values to the mayor’s office, along with my long history in the community and experience as City Council President.

Redmond has been my family’s home for over 20 years. Our lives in Redmond have included preschool at Farrell McWhirter, volunteering at Norman Rockwell, and watching our daughters play soccer at every field in the area. I love this city. We are connected to Redmond, and I want to make sure it continues to be a great place to live for everyone.
Our three major management issues are affordable housing, transportation, and communication.

Affordable housing is the most pressing issue facing our community and region. As Redmond continues to grow, it has become more difficult to provide affordable housing for the families that live and work in the city. As mayor, my most pressing task would be to bring down the cost of housing, create opportunities to produce more workforce housing, and offer more housing choices in general to keep Redmond workers in Redmond. By retaining and creating more affordable housing at different income levels we can continue to be a vibrant diverse community. As a city we must do what we can by collaborating with all interested parties to continue to create different paths to deal with this complex issue.

As Council President, I have created a Council Strategic Plan that helps our community, Mayor, and staff focus our efforts in a transparent and accountable way. As Mayor, I will continue that approach to create predictability for my work with the city council and community.

Additionally, I will also continue my collaborative approach to solving problems. I have invested my time in creating relationships with our council; working to understand their interests and views on our city and sharing my vision of creating a more connected Redmond.

The natural beauty of Redmond is evident in every neighborhood and is an important part of what makes Redmond our home. The people of Redmond care deeply for our environment, and it shows in the steps we’ve taken to keep our city healthy and beautiful. As President of Redmond City Council and as the Chair of the Parks and Trails Committee, I’ve worked to preserve our region’s open spaces, creating, expanding, and improving our Redmond community’s access to nature. If elected Mayor, I will continue to focus on these issues—ensuring we are protecting our environment, working with environmental organizations and advocates, fighting climate change, removing and reducing pollution and prioritizing environmental justice, and maintaining our region’s natural beauty for generations to come. Redmond can continue to be a leader in caring for our water, land, and air through the many programs we have implemented and the opportunities that lay ahead.
The largest issue we face is easy access to transportation, specifically, the light rail that will come to Redmond in 2023 and 2024. As a city we must continue to invest in this game-changing project as well as invest in mobility options so that all members of our community can connect with the region’s light rail system.

Mobility is a key aspect to consider in our city’s economic and environmental development. As we look to build sustainable housing for the community, we also need to focus on sustainable modes of transportation. As Mayor, I would work on increasing density along transit corridors, improving transit access, and taking a less car-centric view of infrastructure.

In 2018, the City Council passed a Cultural inclusion Resolution that states an inclusive community promotes mutual respect and appreciation for all, and an inclusive community is the foundational element to build a supportive and collaborative community. As a city we will continue to support all community members no matter their status. Our law enforcement will continue as a community police force—building relationships to provide a safe community. Our city should be a safe place where all are welcome and our diversity, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of all people makes our community and nation richer and stronger.

Redmond must have a proactive approach to homelessness. We are working with a consortium of Eastside cities to provide shelter opportunities for individuals and families, we direct funds from our Human Services budget to help families stay in their homes, and we have a Homelessness Outreach Coordinator that builds relationships and provides information about services and housing with people experiencing homelessness. Redmond, with the assistance of King County District Court and King County, have implemented a Community Court and Resource Center. As Mayor, I will continue with these very successful programs and will continue to working regionally on this extremely challenging issue.

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