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USAF veteran; Vice Chair Snohomish County Charter Review Commission (2016); Commissioner on the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission and Washington State Salaries Commission; Vice Chair Marysville Diversity Committee; Founder of Vets Place-Welcome Home Northwest; National Service Officer
Service is part and parcel of who I am as a person. That’s why I became a member of the USAF, why I earned a certification in drug and alcohol counseling, why I’ve worked with homeless individuals to get them off the street and into a stable environment, why I served as a district Democratic chair in the 10th and 38th LD. It’s why I served on the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission. It’s also why I’m running for office. I want to make life better for every resident of the 1st District.
Solutions to the addiction crisis and homelessness; responsible growth that fully accounts for economic diversity, jobs and public safety; improving transportation throughout the district.
Growth is easily the biggest issue. Land use is a hot topic, especially as developers seek more and more power in the area. I believe in growth, but the 1st District is often overlooked in decisions that affect our future. We can change that. Responsible growth is key to our future.
Our infrastructure is becoming more overburdened every day. We must ensure our roads, bridges, public transportation systems, and access to emergency services are all up to the task. That's part of responsible growth. Specifically, Hwy 9 and US 2 are in need of major updates. New retail development is leading to bottlenecks, which must be addressed by a mixture of road improvements and public transportation options.
I commit to advocating for improved community resources for senior citizens. No senior should need to worry about how they'll pay rent, where their next meal is coming from, or who will care for them should their health decline. I believe government can and does play a role in creating a secure future. I'll look at all options - including public/private partnerships - to create more options and services for senior citizens.
The federal government is tasked with enforcing immigration laws. County government is not. While the county should absolutely cooperate with the federal government when an individual has an outstanding warrant, I do not believe in holding individuals solely because a county officer suspects someone may be undocumented.
As a National Service Officer, I've worked with many homeless individuals and families. I believe setting people up to succeed is the best approach - rehabilitation, counseling, and job training are all important to reducing the impact of homelessness on our community. I'd like to see more county resources invested in human services.
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-Snohomish County Council
-Snohomish County Tomorrow (Vice Chair)
-Performance Audit Committee (Chair)
-Planning Committee (Chair)
-Public Works Committee
-Economic Alliance SC
-WSAC FLS Committee
-Stanwood Planning Commission
I decided to run for Council for the same reason that I decided to pursue a degree in Education and become a middle school teacher: I want to give back to my community and make a positive impact on the lives of others. In my former role as a science teacher, I had the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of my students. In my current role as Councilman, I believe that I can similarly make a positive impact on the lives of the residents of the county through servant leadership.
Three major issues facing Snohomish County are homelessness, the heroin/opioid epidemic, and traffic congestion.
I believe that the most urgent issue is the heroin/opioid epidemic & homelessness our county is facing. Heroin/opioid overdoses are rampant and our county has over 500 homeless individuals. Since joining the Council, I have been working with medical professionals, law enforcement, school districts, community organizations, and other stakeholders on bringing people together under a unified strategy in order to find long term, cost-effective solutions to these difficult issues.
Snohomish County is currently the 50th largest county in the United States. We are also the fastest growing county in the nation (for our size). With this growth comes issues related to traffic & infrastructure. Currently, the largest countywide traffic/infrastructure need is the US-2 Trestle. I have met with both state and federal legislators and lobbied for funding for this project among others. In my district, our largest traffic/infrastructure needs are along the I-5 corridor. We have several fully-funded transportation projects from the state's 2015 Connecting WA package; the 1st Council District was the recipient of over $150 million in transportation projects. I will work hard to ensure that these projects are completed on time and within budget.
One of the largest issues facing our senior citizens is lack of affordable housing and homelessness. I believe that as our county continues to grow, we must make affordable housing a priority. Affordable housing will reduce homelessness and keep our seniors, many of which are on a fixed income, in a position to prosper.
Immigration (legal or illegal) is a federal issue and is not within the jurisdiction of county government.
I have been partnering with Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary and Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert on getting an embedded social worker for the Arlington/Smokey Point area, which has seen an increase in homelessness. The embedded social worker program has been very successful in other areas and I believe that this will be a great step in helping to connect our homeless population with existing services. I have also been partnering with churches throughout North County on housing for the homeless.