I am running for City Council because I love this community, and I am committed to working directly with the residents of District 6 on issues that impact everyone, whether you’ve been here one year or forty. I will have a District Office in Ballard and office hours across District 6. I will listen to you, help you navigate city bureaucracy, and be an advocate for you in City Hall.
Seattle is experiencing a homelessness crisis, made worse by a chemical dependency epidemic unlike anything we have confronted before. We must immediately start treating these as the emergencies they are, and we need to act quickly to implement the solutions which research has shown to be effective.
This starts with housing. We need to get every person in the city experiencing homelessness into a shelter with four walls and a door that locks so they can be safe and secure and have access to the services they need. Second, we must invest in permanent supportive housing with built-in services and caregivers to help people get back up on their feet. And third, we must treat this as the regional problem it is. I will work with King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties to make to make sure our regional partners are working together.
A Great Education
A great city needs great schools. Too often the city and the school district act in silos, not taking advantage of opportunities to increase learning quality and lower costs. We have a unique opportunity to support Seattle schools and the School District through Our Department of Education and Early Learning. I’ll work to ensure the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy supports the students and families who need it most and puts our tax dollars to good use.
Light rail is coming – but not soon enough. I will work with SDOT and Metro to bring fast and reliable transit options that connect District 6 today because we can’t wait 16 years for efficient transit. I will create a network of dedicated bus lanes so you can go to your bus stop, wait no more than ten minutes, and get to where you’re going without being stuck in traffic. I will advocate for connected and protected bike lanes – I was once nearly killed by a driver when riding my bike, and this issue is personal to me. People driving and people biking need to be separated so that everyone stays in their lanes and moves around the city safely.
I am a renter in the district and my parents are homeowners. I understand the housing pressures facing all district residents. There are thousands of people moving to Seattle every year, and we have to make room for our new neighbors and community members. At the same time, I will work hard to ensure that current residents are not pushed out of the district. I will push for more income-verified housing so low-income residents can live affordably, and look to create more middle-income housing options through duplexes and triplexes.
There is an acute shortage of childcare, especially affordable childcare, in Seattle. We also need more options for people who do not work a traditional workday or who work more than one job. We have to make childcare more widespread and affordable for everyone, and I will work to incentivize childcare space in new developments and increase access to the childcare subsidy program for low and middle-income families.
Protecting our Environment
Seattle is a beautiful place to live and we must make investments now to preserve open green space, improve our salmon habitat and reduce pollutants in our air and water. I will also finish the work Councilmember Bagshaw has started to create a tree permitting system similar to Portland so we can maintain and expand our tree canopy.
We have to be a part of the solution to climate change by continuing to reduce greenhouse emissions and increase our community resilience to the impacts of a warming planet. Climate change is the most significant challenge of my generation, and we need to take immediate action. We are already behind on the City’s Climate Action Plan to be carbon-neutral by 2050, and I am committed to getting us back on track. I will update the building code to require new buildings to be solar-panel ready and contain electric vehicle charging stations, I will work to convert the City’s vehicle fleet to electric, and I will partner with local commercial properties to identify and address energy inefficiencies.
Gun Violence Prevention
I am the only candidate in this race to be a leader on gun violence prevention. I worked on Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) legislation in Olympia, on the ERPO initiative campaign, and have worked at the City on ERPO implementation. As a Councilmember, I will add resources to community-based organizations who intervene in the cycle of violence and I will ensure gun responsibility measures are effectively implemented.
Access to Healthy Food
I will support and expand the Fresh Bucks program. Fresh Bucks increases access to fresh food for SNAP recipients through two programs: Fresh Bucks Match and Fresh Bucks Vouchers. Fresh Bucks Match allows SNAP recipients to double their purchasing power for fruits and vegetables, while Fresh Bucks Voucher recipients use the voucher like cash to buy fruits and vegetables. Over 60 retailers regionwide participate in this program, and it has significantly increased SNAP spending at local farmers’ markets. Fresh Bucks is well-designed and serves an important need, and I will work to grow the program so more people and families can take advantage of it.