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City of Auburn Mayor

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $123,964The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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Of the three, which one is the most critical?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

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Phone (206) 459-9680
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Town where you live Auburn, Washington
Experience (300 characters max) I was elected to my first term as mayor in 2014 and I am the first female to hold the office in Auburn’s 125 history. Prior to taking office, I served 10 years as an Auburn city councilmember and spent 25 years as a financial manager for Boeing. I am married with a soccer-playing daughter at GRC.
After serving Auburn as a city council member for 10 years it became apparent to me that I wanted to serve Auburn full time as mayor. Auburn is growing and we need to make sure we continue making the right decisions to keep us moving in the right direction. My strong leadership and fiscal expertise have proven to strengthen Auburn's position in our booming economy and my balanced approach is ensuring that the economy doesn't leave people behind. It is my highest honor to serve as Auburn's mayor.
1. Thoughtfully managing growth and economic development in the post-recession upswing. We must decide on proper growth targets and business investment that benefits all. 2. Addressing the post-recession poverty issues: preservation of affordable housing, homelessness and drug addiction. While the recession is over for some, there are still too many that cannot survive in our current economy. 3.Continued investment in public safety, roads and neighborhoods. Auburn deserves a high quality of life
Post-recession poverty issues. We must face head on the challenges that so many are experiencing in regards to the current economic climate. Our economy does not work for all. Rising home values, rising rent, rising expenses, poor transportation choices and wages that are not keeping up with the high cost of living are suffocating our most vulnerable residents. We must preserve our affordable housing, increase living wage jobs and provide a stable economy for all.
Auburn is well known for our care of the aging. The Auburn Senior Activity Center is regionally recognized as one of the best. The Auburn Senior Activity Center supports our 50+ participants through social, recreational, health and wellness, educational, and nutritional programs. The staff is creative, compassionate and advocates daily for our senior-aged population. I also have to circle back to the economy because a frightening trend is the rise in senior citizen homelessness in our region. I will continue to fight to maintain and increase affordable housing in Auburn and south King County. One way we do this currently is by utilizing the majority of our CDBG funds from the federal government in our minor home repair program. We are one of the few cities that allows by code the utilization of those funds for mobile homes. The majority of our clients in the program are females over the age of 62 and we consider this to be our best homelessness prevention program in Auburn.
Auburn has approached the issue from legislative, community building and educational angles. The city council passed a resolution affirming that Auburn is an inclusive city, our commitment that all law abiding residents will be safe, and that our city officials will continue to enforce local laws as we always have. We also have had monthly community and trust building workshops with our Latino families in order to educate and reassure that their government is accessible for all.
Aging infrastructure, traffic woes, and funding challenges. The last two years we have allocated millions of one-time budget surplus to expand road projects. I'm proud of that but it is not a sustainable funding model. We will continue to increase funding through state and federal grants while we seek other local options. We must expand multimodal transportation options in order to decrease road congestion and those investments are critical to the quality of life for our residents.
In 2015, I launched a homelessness task force made up of key community stakeholders that issued 56 recommendations to address homelessness in Auburn and City staff has made progress on over 40 of the recommendations. This year we expanded our sheltering capacity in partnership with two of our largest non-profit groups to provide a day resource center with wrap around services and an overnight shelter. We will continue working to make homelessness rare, brief and one time locally and regionally.
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