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City of Tukwila Council Position No. 5

Salary $12,600Term: 4 yearsThe 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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    Zak Idan (NP) Project Control Engineer at King County

  • Dennis Martinez (NP)

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Biographical Information

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 (425) 918-0274
Town where you live Tukwila
Experience (300 characters max) I work for King County as a Project Control Engineer in the Department of Natural Resources. I also serve on several boards and commissions including the Community Oriented Policing Citizen’s Advisory Board, OneAmerica Board, and the Matt Griffin YMCA Board.
Transportation infrastructure is a major concern for people in Tukwila. Nearly 30% of Tukwila’s residents take public transportation or carpool to work. This is much higher than most cities, even in our area, and it highlights the need for better quality transportation options and investments here in Tukwila. This means that we need to create a better road network and focus on developing more accessible public transportation, not just within Tukwila, but also to connect us with surrounding communities. I believe that we can build a transportation infrastructure that will lead to a higher quality of life in Tukwila.
Homelessness is an incredibly complex issue, but our first priority needs to be on housing. The rise of housing costs and the lack of inventory are huge problems for the entire region. I want to make sure that the people who currently call Tukwila home are able to continue living here and the those would like to move into the city have the ability to do so. I want to work with developers to encourage multifamily housing projects along Tukwila International Boulevard and around Tukwila’s South Center Urban Center. I support efforts like Tukwila Village that provides housing units that help fill the needs for market rate housing, affordable housing, and senior housing.
I am committed to working on behalf of our senior citizens and making sure they they have access to the services they need to live comfortably. Rising housing costs are creating challenges for those who are on fixed incomes and I want to make sure that we are creating housing options here in Tukwila that will keep people in their homes and prevent them from being forced out of their community. I also want to make sure that we have robust transportation options available that accommodate a wide range of mobility needs. I will also work to improve public safety and want to make sure that we are taking the unique needs of our senior citizens into consideration when making investments and policy decisions.
As a person who immigrated to Tukwila as a child, I am deeply connected with the immigrant community in the area and am dedicated to making sure that our community is just as welcoming in the future as it was to me when my family came here. I believe that it is our obligation to ensure that all people who call Tukwila home feel safe and have the resources and services they need to be successful.
Education, economic development, public safety, transportation and the environment are the other major issues that people in Tukwila are concerned about.
I believe that building up our local economy is the most urgent need in Tukwila right now. I will work to build a stronger economy here in Tukwila by focusing on supporting and growing small business. I would like to partner with local schools to strengthen job and skills training programs so new and developing industries can hire the people who already live in our community rather than importing people from outside our city or state. I also want to empower the entrepreneurs of Tukwila with training and education, by developing programs to provide the tools needed to get their businesses off the ground.
I look forward to having an open and collaborative relationship with Tukwila Mayor, Allan Ekberg. I would like to have an ongoing dialogue about the projects and issues that we are working on and how best we can support the people of Tukwila in those efforts.
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