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City of Des Moines Council Position No. 1

Term: 4 yearsThe Council has the authority to introduce proclamations for a variety of City purposes.
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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?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

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

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (206) 799-8696
Town where you live Des Moines
Experience (300 characters max) After studying environmental science at The Evergreen State College I began working for King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, and eventually served as his campaign manager. I spent over five years as the communications director for Sensible Washington, and have been an elected PCO since 2012.
Our city lacks a centralized draw. I support establishing a centralized, multi-activity community center. I also support establishing a municipal broadband system that provides cheaper and faster high-speed internet and stops the current monopolization of broadband.
I support establishing a 24-hour homeless shelter in the city, and additionally funding other homeless services such as an increased food bank presence. I also support increasing the amount of affordable housing located in the city.
If elected, I commit to:

- Supporting an increase in funding for Parks, Recreation and Senior Services

- Doing my best to improve public safety, including funding further police protection

- Working to reduce utility taxes, which for many have gone up over 100% and are a particular burden for seniors on a strict budget
I support making Des Moines a sanctuary city.
Rising levels of poverty. To help with this, I support raising the minimum wage and increase sick and maternity leave. A rising homeless population is also an issue (the two being clearly connected). As mentioned previously, I also support increasing homeless services including establishing a 24-hour homeless shelter, and working to increase affordable housing.
Rising levels of poverty
I will use constant communication, respect and an open mind to work with the city's mayor and city manager.
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