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Snohomish County City of Marysville Council Position 5

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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    Kelly J. Richards

  • Jeff Seibert

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 (425) 418-9579
Town where you live Marysville Washington
Experience (300 characters max) Marysville Planning Commission for the past 7 years, Community Volunteer, past Real Estate Broker (16 years), past District Manager for Millstone Coffee (12 years).
I have spent the past 7 years on the Marysville Planning Commission so I have an insiders feel for where we are and how we got here. This opportunity to be involved in decisions affecting our community makes me uniquely qualified to serve on the Marysville City Council. I work for the Marysville School District and have had the opportunity to work daily with kids and parents in our community. Prior to joining the MSD, I managed my personal Real Estate business, before that I was a DM with Millstone Coffee. I have been held various leadership roles within local PTA (past President), Marysville Rotary (Pumpkins for Literacy Chairperson), past President of Normanna Lodge/Sons of Norway, United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) (Past State President, past NVP). All of this work has required strong leadership skills, building and motivating functional teams, partnering with local businesses and other civic organizations, delegating, managing budgets, and time management.
My vision for the City of Marysville would be a safe place for our citizens to enjoy their living conditions with local activities and family wage jobs. A place where we can all enjoy raising a family and be proud to call home. The continued growth of light industrial and manufacturing space in north Marysville brings an opportunity to provide jobs for our citizens. In addition to jobs, we need to continue our development of recreational opportunities such as the waterfront trail. We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place!
Homelessness, drug abuse, crime, lack of family wage jobs. The city has been doing a good job in facing these challenges head on, a great example is the embedded social worker program where they provide outreach and offer help to those who want it and encourage those who do not to take their illegal activity elsewhere.
As citizens of the planet we are all responsible in protecting the environment. In Marysville, we have a responsibility to protect fragile landscapes such as our wetlands and estuaries. We need to ensure that we hold businesses accountable to environmental statutes and regulations. As we continue to grow, it is important that we also preserve open spaces and parks. We need to provide opportunities for our community members to participate in recycling programs and ensure that our municipal teams are setting the example.
Traffic. Traffic woes affect every city in the Pacific Northwest. Marysville is not immune. We need to continue the important work to provide bypass routes to avoid the dreaded train. The work in south Marysville to add a freeway exit that connects to the First Street Bypass will help get more cars though town and into south Marysville with less impact. The Cascade Industrial Center in north Marysville is designated as a regional manufacturing center, providing Marysville the ability to access federal dollars to improve the infrastructure, including the addition of freeway on/off ramps at 156th Street. This improvement will be critical to attracting businesses which will in turn bring family wage jobs to Marysville, providing our community members the opportunity to work where they live and not spend as much time in commuter traffic.
Homelessness is a complex, often multifaceted challenge. We all have compassion for those in need, but most don’t want to live next to a tent city. There is no “one size fits all answer” to this crisis. Giving tax breaks to builders and developers who build low income housing is one option. Creating family wage paying jobs is another way of building pathways to having a roof over your head. Housing Hope is another option for those who are in need of housing. The embedded social worker program is an excellent example of positive outreach, providing critical resources and opportunities for those who choose to accept help.
I do not think that it is the job for cities to make immigration policies, that is for federal lawmakers.
Communication is always a two way street. The City Council communicates in many ways including: City of Marysville website, Facebook, email, face to face. The emails of City Council members are available on the city website and you can email any one of them with concerns you might have or to invite them to a community event. Citizens are always welcome to attend City Council meetings to share their concerns either publicly or written and delivered to each member. As a member of City Council I strive to be accessible to members of our community, to discuss challenges and opportunities, always considering what is fair and best for all concerned.
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