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Pierce CITY PUY-2 Council Dist. 2 Pos. 2

Term: 4 yrSalary: $14,043The 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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    Cynthia Jacobsen (NP) Math Teacher, Pierce College Puyallup

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What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

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

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

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Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

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Phone (253) 227-5249
Town where you live Puyallup, WA
Experience (300 characters max) My husband and I raised our 7 children in Puyallup, so I have a variety of volunteer experience for faith based, gymnastics, and school groups. Professionally, I am a math teacher at Pierce College. I have been a real estate entrepreneur, an accountant, an SAT tutor, & a para-educator.
Pierce County’s population topped the nation for growth last year. Uncontrolled growth is a top door-belling issue in district 2. Rapid growth is straining our infrastructure. Of course, new development should pay for the cost of new infrastructure needs, such as roads. When we consider new development, we need to be fair and predictable to all, including taxpayers and property owners. We need to budget for future infrastructure needs so that when we need, for instance, new water pipes in the valley, they can be fully funded. The City of Puyallup enjoys quite a few enviable parks and open spaces. We need to be good stewards of the parks we have before we purchase land and develop new parks. Clark's Creek is an issue that we need to address. We cooperate with Pierce County to maintain the creek in the city limits. We should listen to the experts who are advocating that we remove silt from the waterway.
Homelessness and the dual problems of drug addiction and mental health are top concerns for the citizens of district 2. Regionally, we must enable our public safety and medical professionals with the tools that they need to triage those who need or ask for help. This must be done logically and compassionately. We mustn’t exacerbate the situation with ideas that do more harm than good, such as advocating that homeless individuals sleep in city buildings. We must work in tandem with local charities and regional government to ameliorate the problem while requiring accountability from those whom we help. It is encouraging that the new state budget includes funds for more renovating and enlarging the scope of Western State. Solutions to the multi-faceted homelessness problem will only work if we cooperate regionally. There are funds, 6.3 million, available regionally through Pierce County's document filing fee tax. We need to ask for our share of these funds.
Senior citizens, age 62 and over, comprise 12% of Puyallup's population. This is about the same as the ratio in Pierce County. Senior citizens share the same concerns as other citizens. A robust economic climate, careful management of the homelessness issue, public safety, access to open spaces, excellent infrastructure, and easing traffic woes are examples of issues that are important to all citizens. Another universal concern for seniors, even renters, is property taxes. We call ourselves an "aging in place" city. We must remember when we bring new levies to the voters that there are families and seniors who are struggling. We do not need to add concern over being able to pay the property tax bill to the list of worries that many seniors and families have. Being diligent to provide good leadership to the city makes life better for all constituents, including our senior citizens.
Our society would not function without rules. Our city should follow the rules in as compassionate manner as possible. We must not have laws on the books that are broken repeatedly without sanction. This creates a contempt for the law and is deleterious to society. Illegal and legal immigration are not hot button issues in my district. It is my goal to knock on every door in the district. The top issues that voters in my district are concerned about are homelessness, uncontrolled growth, and infrastructure. Homelessness and illegal immigration share some similarities. How do we treat marginalized citizens while still promoting respect for the rules? We need to be compassionate while still being logical and forward thinking.
The two top issues that the residents of district 2 identify are homelessness and uncontrolled growth. Look for me in district 2. I have been canvassing my neighbors and plan to knock on every door in my district. I want to hear the concerns of the district residents and allow them to inform my thinking. So far, in addition to the top two concerns of homelessness and growth, I have heard from residents who are concerned about government accountability, open space preservation, sidewalks, stewardship of our parks, and even banning fireworks. (In fairness, I canvassed a street where there had been a July 4th fire.) It is my desire to be a responsive, accessible leader.
Based on responses from residents, uncontrolled growth barely surpasses homelessness as the top concern for district 2 residents. Cities have some latitude to control growth as long as the rules are fair and predictable to all stakeholders. We need to preserve open space & farmland and ease traffic woes by developing and maintaining partnerships with private and government entities while still respecting individual property rights and encouraging economic growth.
I am, by nature, a collaborative individual. I am endorsed by the Republican Party because of my fiscal conservatism, but the office of city council is an non-partisan one. I believe in working with others is to find out what their goals are and to try to understand their positions. Sometimes, doing this brings about agreement. Often it does not. It is important to always be respectful and kind while still honoring core principles. I believe I can do this on the city council. I am principled money manager and a team player. I will be accountable and accessible to citizens. I respectfully ask for your vote for Puyallup City Council.
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