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I have served as your Mayor since 2014, and served as a City Councilmember from 2004-2013. I also chaired the 2016 Snohomish County Charter Review Commission. I own a small business with two employees. I earned my Master’s in Urban Planning from the UW, and my Bachelor’s from New York University.
Four years ago, I promised a break from tax increases. I’ve kept my promise. No tax increases and I’ve cut expenses to live within our means, including a 10% cut to the Mayor’s Office in my first budget. I'm ready to continue our efforts and serve our community.
Delivering on major projects, such as the new WSF Ferry Terminal and Harbour Reach Drive Corridor Project; focusing on Mukilteo Strong and helping our struggling kids and families by providing peace, relief and resources; and ensuring professional leadership to guide our city into the future.
I believe I have the historical perspective and experience to ensure we get the best new ferry terminal that will work for our community. I am also proud to have earned $15m in state transportation dollars for the Harbour Reach Drive Corridor Project, a road that will relieve congestion on the Speedway and connect neighborhoods. This is one of the biggest projects in decades in our community. It is key that we continue our partnerships at the state level to make sure that we are successful.
I'm proud of the supportive partnership we have with our Senior Association. The Rosehill Community Center has open doors for them, providing programming and facilities. I want to continue and strengthen that relationship. If our seniors decide to pursue a separate senior center as the best next step, I will also work to identify funding and locations.
Our Council recently confirmed our vision as a community that values our diversity and is inclusive. Our Police follow the same regulations that they have for decades, operating within the state laws. We do not enforce federal civil laws related to immigration status, and we serve to protect all residents, businesses and visitors to our City.
We have a successful Pavement Preservation plan and Bike Transit Walk plan that has been adopted by the City Council. Both look at these challenges from a network-wide perspective. We have great needs but we have identified the challenges and are ready to address them. In the past, the City was reactive. Under my leadership, we have transitioned to a holistic view of these needs.
I believe we should partner with our neighboring cities. We can't draw a boundary line and assume a problem is solved. Currently, we have staff who are ready to identify permanent services for those that are ready and willing. I serve as the Chair of the Alliance for Housing Affordability and work on long term solutions for housing options. Emergency solutions are also important. I want to pursue a full-time community medic or social work position like our neighbors currently have.
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Elected: Sno.County Charter Review Commission 2016; Shoreline School Board Director.
Prof. Experience: B-747 Consultant Boeing Pilot Instruction; Retired: NWA747 Capt – Instructor; Retired USAF Lt.Col., decorated pilot:Vietnam, Desert Storm.
BA - Poli.Science; MPA - Gov't.
Rotary, Active Community
My goal is to bring the vision, experience and leadership needed to:
• Strengthen our Community
• Streamline our Government
• Secure and Improve Public Safety
Prioritizing family, community and citizen involvement! Mukilteo is Ready!
These are but the beginnings – I am only one person, one candidate, but I am ready. I believe Mukilteo is Ready! Ready for leadership that will listen, lead and look for citizen involvement and engagement. This is why I submitted my name to be Mayor of Mukilteo
Strengthen Community - Enhance schools, parks, neighborhoods, and unity through citizen involvement.
Streamline City Government - improve operations by:
- Improving communications
- Fostering departmental cooperation
- Reviewing/revising policies, structure, regulations
- Demanding responsible spending
- Ensuring accountability; transparency
- Enhancing an employee attitude of public service to citizens
Improve Public Safety - major considerations: disaster preparedness; drugs; homelessness
Strengthening our community through citizen involvement is a top priority. My vision is to promote policies to make our city an even better place to live, for every age level. A Senior Center should be a top priority. A Park-and-Ride facility and family-friendly parks should also be pursued.
Responsible waterfront development should be a prime community effort.
Mitigating the impact of Paine Field on our city’s quality of life must be a concern that must be addressed with expertise and skill.
A Senior Center should be a top priority.
A Volunteer Seniors program is yet another avenue of citizen engagement. Community service organizations like Rotary, Kiwanis, the Chamber of Commerce, Seniors, Youth, Churches and the like will be welcome to join in. A Community with Character is fully engaged. Let Mukilteo show how it’s done! We are ready!
Imagine what we can do, together:
- Encouraging economic development and our economic vitality, even investigating the feasibility of an enterprise zone in Mukilteo;
- Embracing the environmental qualities we all cherish, while
protecting property owners’ rights;
- Enhancing citizen involvement and cooperation… and more!
To help facilitate these goals – of engagement, involvement and
transparency – I will establish a weekly “Community
Conversation” where, at a set time, such as every Thursday, from
11:30 to 1:00pm, we will open City Hall to any and all community
members to sit down and discuss our progress, goals and efforts.
We are a country of immigrants and refugees. Until recently, most entrants came into the U.S. legally!
Our predecessors did not break and enter and then demand their "rights."
I believe all cities and other jurisdictions should be aligned and supportive of Federal Immigration Laws.
No person or group should be above the law or our society breaks down.
Enhanced border security, E-Verify and enhanced ID cards are proper and effective ways of combating illegal immigration.
Enter legally please!
I will seek to restore high morale and confidence for our 130 city employees. I offer respect, cooperation and sincere engagement for every employee of the City of Mukilteo.
Mukilteo needs engaged, professional leadership and new vision and that is what I offer. It is unfortunate that Mukilteo has lost so many valuable city employees during the last four years.
Our City Budget and priorities should be balanced and constructive.
Your City must represent your interests by living within its means.
A rampant drug epidemic is impacting our children and society. This crisis has arrived in Mukilteo. We must care enough to do whatever it takes to address this.
We must work toward effective solutions for homelessness and the drug crisis – turning to citizens, volunteers and law enforcement – partnering with state, county and local organizations and service agencies and groups.
Compassion! An engaged and involved community cares for our neighbors and helps lift them up at every opportunity!