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King City of Seattle Council District No. 6

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    Dan Strauss
    (NP)

  • Heidi Wills
    (NP)

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Phone (206) 569-8775
Email ballard206@gmail.com
Town where you live Seattle
Experience (300 characters max) I have dedicated my life to public service - I was in AmeriCorps for 2.5 years and I served at a soup kitchen throughout college. I also have eight years of legislative experience, including the last 1.5 years at Seattle City Council as a Senior Policy Adviser to Councilmember Bagshaw.
I was born and raised in Ballard, and I’ve lived in Fremont and Green Lake. My parents are homeowners and I am a renter. I understand where this community has come from and I know where it needs to go.

I have nearly a decade of policy and advocacy experience working in four different legislative bodies. I have coordinated work groups with the state, county, city, Sound Transit and community groups to successfully fund transportation projects, develop green building codes, and improve our parks. I know how to get things done. I worked on passing Extreme Risk Protection Orders with Senator David Frockt and when the legislation failed, I went to work for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. We successfully passed it as an initiative. I know how to fight for policies that matter even in the face of political opposition. I have the community understanding, the experience and expertise, and the relationships to step in on Day 1 and be an effective Councilmember for Seattle and District 6.
I want Seattle to become a sustainable, equitable, and affordable city that works for everyone, whether they’ve been here one year or forty. That means more affordable homes, better public transit, and jobs with living wages and good benefits. It means bringing people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into four walls with a door that locks connected to the services they need. It means equity across demographics and correcting historical injustices against historically underrepresented populations. The Seattle I grew up in was an economically diverse place - I lived next to fishermen, teachers, and plumbers. That is less and less true, and I want my generation and future generations to be able to enjoy this community like I did.

My vision for Seattle is to be a green leader - climate change is the biggest challenge my generation is facing, and we have to act now to have any hope of slowing or stopping its effects.

Seattle is well-known for our deliberative process. I have no time for additional studies or reports on issues we already know how to address - we need to stop stalling and address them. I will bring the political will and a get-it-done attitude to Council. The issues we are facing are not going to resolve themselves. we need to actively take steps to fix them.

Washington’s upside-down tax code is another obstacle. Much of what we need to do costs money, and right now the tax burden in Washington State falls disproportionately on the lower-income. While this is a state issue, I will use my relationships in Olympia to advocate for a change to our tax code and for more progressive revenue measures.
As the biggest city in Washington, it is Seattle’s job to lead the way on building a more sustainable urban environment. We need better public transportation, so people get out of their cars and use the light rail, bus, and bike networks. We need big employers to provide their employees with paid transit passes. We need to improve green building codes, so the new structures built in Seattle don’t add to the carbon footprint. This means setting up new buildings to be built with the infrastructure for solar panel, green janitorial practices, and electrifying as much of our infrastructure as possible - today. We need to provide incentives for residents and businesses alike to switch to renewable energy power sources. We need to ensure our development and density isn’t at the cost of our tree canopy or our green spaces. Finally, the City needs to lead the way, by electrifying its vehicle fleet, using more renewable energy, and driving towards a zero carbon emissions future.
We are not expanding public transit access at the rate we need to. Ballard, my home community, has taken on a dramatic increase in density in the past decade without a corresponding increase in transit. Anyone should be able to walk to a bus stop, wait no more than 10 min, and get where they are going without getting stuck in traffic. When transit has predictable travel times and reliable service, the majority of residents will transition to transit. I support dedicated bus lanes around the city, so buses can move more quickly and cars aren’t caught behind buses loading and unloading. We also need a citywide network of connected and protected bike lanes. I was once hit by a driver in Ballard and spent four days in Harborview hospital. Safe and separated infrastructure is the only way to make sure everyone can move smoothly and safely throughout the city.
We need to prioritize getting everyone on the streets off of the streets and into four walls with a door that locks connected to the chemical dependency and mental health services they need. This can be done in 6 months with political will behind it. While folks are in enhanced shelters, we need to be building permanent supportive housing so they can move into a place they can call their own. This is the way to break the cycle of homelessness, and we need to start today.

We also need to increase mental health and chemical dependency resources and work to prevent evictions, which will help prevent people falling into homelessness. We can coordinate with regional agencies on providing a single intake phone number and website for people looking for assistance with evictions, and we should provide a rent stabilization fund to keep people in their homes.

I stand with immigrants and I fully support Seattle’s status as a sanctuary city. I will stand with community and official efforts to publicly condemn the federal government’s treatment of these vulnerable populations. This issue has personal resonance for me - when my grandfather and my great grandparents nearly did not make it out of Germany alive, they faced difficulty being able to immigrate to the United States due to immigration quotas and other immigration barriers.

Throughout my life I have supported immigrants, refugees, and residents here and I will continue this work. I ask how best I can support and follow through. Sometimes this means providing housing, sometimes it means showing up at immigration hearings, sometimes it means providing support for specific policies. Whatever the action is, I stand with our neighbors, and support the requested action with money, time, and resources.
By being in the community and reaching out to constituents. One of the foundations of my campaign has been representation of my community - I was the first candidate to commit to opening a district office, I will prioritize constituent services, and I will meet my constituents where they are. City Hall is a long way away, and no one should have to go downtown to be heard. I have experience representing constituents as a legislative aide to Sen. David Frockt in Olympia and a Senior Policy Advisor to Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. I will use that experience and my knowledge of government to make sure that if my constituents need help, they get it quickly and effectively.
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