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City of Des Moines Council Position No. 7

The 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.
  • Chad Harper (NP) Masters in Teaching student

  • Matt Mahoney (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 (206) 841-0312
Town where you live Des Moines, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Co-Chair - Highline School Bond Campaign Highline Schools Foundation Trustee Des Moines Human Services Commission
Our roads are in poor condition and need repairs. We have a Transportation Benefit District, and should consider ways of increasing revenue to speed up road repairs in the city.
With the new development in the business park, Des Moines saw an increase of $20,000 to our human services budget. Much of the money can go towards human services providers that provide services to those experiencing homelessness. Des Moines also needs to do a better job engaging regionally on this and other issues. The South King Council on Human Services does a great job on tackling these issues, and sadly, Des Moines has been absent from these discussions.
Des Moines has a large senior citizen population. As someone who was raised by their grandmother, I am 100% committed to protecting our seniors, providing excellent services to them, and making sure they feel valued in their golden years.
The Des Moines Police Department does not inquire about the immigration status of residents or those seeking services, and I support this policy without reservations.
1. We need to redevelop our marina in conjunction with our downtown to revitalize our business district to bring commerce and jobs to our city. 2. The Puget Sound is our neighbor, and is a huge economic asset to our community. It also enhances our quality of life. We need councilmembers who will protect our environment by updating the Shoreline Master Plan in a way that is consistent with environmental values, and by investing in transit options. 3. Our city council needs a new approach to community engagement. At every door I hear how citizens feel disconnected from their government. They feel decisions are being made at City Hall without their input. This is wrong and needs to change. People need to be brought into the decision making process instead of being kept at arms length.
The third one.
As one of the leaders of the school bond and member of the Des Moines Human Services Commission, I've had to work with people whom I disagree with on a regular basis. I'm proud that I've been able to work with others to find consensus on tough issues and find solutions that can benefit everyone even if we don't get 100% of what we wanted.
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