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King County City of Shoreline Council Position No. 4

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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    David Chen
    (NP)

  • Doris McConnell
    (NP)

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

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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?

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Address P.O. Box 55962
Phone (206) 402-7637
Email david@electdavidchen.com
Town where you live Shoreline
Experience (300 characters max) Graduate: Seattle University School of Law, Western Washington University, and Shorecrest high school. Attorney and general counsel for a local nonprofit; former board president of transitional housing organization Vision House; and board member for the Greater Seattle YMCA.
As a Shorecrest graduate, attorney for a local nonprofit organization, and father of three living in Echo Lake, I am committed to our community. My wife Chelsey and I, alongside our three children, Alyssa (8), Zach (6), and Isaiah (1), strongly believe that our community is like our family – we must care for it. For this very reason, we actively participate in local organizations like the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association, Shoreline Little League, Cascade K-8 PTSA, Dale Turner YMCA, St. Catherine of Siena Church, and the Midvale Community Garden. Serving as board president of Vision House, a local organization helping homeless mothers and children secure permanent housing, I know how to address substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness with case management and wraparound social services. I have worked regionally and locally on policy task-forces working on issues of enhancing parks and addressing homelessness, addiction, and workforce housing.
I am running for City Council with a vision of Shoreline as a vibrant and affordable city with a thriving and resilient local economy. As an attorney, I know how to reach practical solutions to enhance and modernize zoning laws, local ordinances, and building codes to encourage sustainable growth that builds vibrant neighborhoods. Upward mobility includes not only helping our most vulnerable populations but expanding economic opportunities for all residents of Shoreline. I have seen our community’s need for more neighborhood gathering places connected by sidewalks, trails and open spaces that are accessible to everyone of diverse abilities.
Growing income inequality, systemic and institutional racism, the gender equity gap, and rising costs of living are major hurdles to achieving our shared vision for Shoreline. We must tackle these obstacles collaboratively, creatively, and with a new vision for our community.
Shoreline must protect the environment and lead the region in combating climate change. I will prioritize common sense policies that increase walkability, access to services, and transit options in our neighborhood centers that help reduce the carbon footprint of our city and help move us away from a reliance on fossil fuels.

By increasing parks, trails, and open spaces connecting Shoreline residents to nature and businesses we can ensure our environment remains healthy for next generation. I will expand programs that help increase natural solutions to pollution, including bio-filtering rain gardens, community gardens in urban settings, and incentives to increase use of renewable solar and wind energy.
Shoreline's infrastructure is aging and needs to be maintained. I will work and advocate at the local and state level to ensure that Shoreline's roads, utilities, and public services meet the needs of its residents. We need to ensure that sidewalks, roadways, and trails are adequately repaired and maintained to be safe and accessible to everyone regardless of diverse ability or physical limitation.

Utility services (water, sewer, garbage, and electricity) must continue to meet the standards for a safe and healthy living environment even as density increases demand within the city.
As the former Board President of Vision House, a transitional housing agency in Shoreline, I have helped hundreds of single parents and their children reach their goal of moving from homelessness to permanent housing. I have hands-on experience partnering with regional organizations in the public and private sector and have frequently worked with individuals experiencing homelessness to better understand the barriers each of us face. This includes working across city and county lines to implement a regional strategy that supports on-demand addiction and mental health services. These are the stories, advocacy, and the expertise I will be bringing to the City Council, where I will continue to work on improving rental and permanent housing affordability for all ages and incomes.
I will prioritize inclusivity and equity for Shoreline's immigrant communities. By actively engaging marginalized and underrepresented communities, and by listening and learning from those communities about ways to increase the equity, accessibility, and inclusivity of city programs, I believe that can ensure that Shoreline remains a city dedicated to ensuring that all people feel welcome in our community.
Transparency and openness are fundamental to democracy and we must protect the public's right to give input on new laws and budgets. I believe City Council needs to be more than just receptive of public input; it must be intentional about actively engaging all the residents and diverse communities of the city. I have talked to thousands of voters that have made it clear: we need a City Council with a plan to combat homelessness, enhance public safety, support our youth and seniors, increase housing and employment opportunities, and strengthen our local economy.
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