It was my honor and privilege to be unanimously appointed by my fellow councilmembers to serve on the Kent City Council in 2018.
I'm running to retain my seat because we have more work to do on the issues that matter to Kent – public safety, homelessness, affordable housing, workforce development, code enforcement, and more.
I want to continue to serve on Kent City Council because I want to make Kent the community of choice in the southend.
Kent has changed a lot since my parents moved here in 1990. At that time, if you lived in Kent you were most likely white, middle-class and worked for Boeing. I moved away after high school to experience a more diverse world. And guess what, while I was off doing that, a bright, more diverse community was developing right here in Kent!
I came back to Kent in 2009, because I wanted my kids in school with kids that didn’t look or sound exactly like them. I wanted them dancing and playing soccer with kids from all economic and cultural backgrounds. I was so excited to find this diversity in my own hometown - and wow, had Kent grown!
But rapid growth often brings growing pains. We have to shift our strategies and up-level our response to the big city issues we now face.
I support the density and growth we are building in the valley, but we can't do it at the cost of East and West Hill. Unless we address the safety and cosmetic issues facing Kent’s family neighborhoods, these young renters in the valley are not going to stay in Kent when it comes time to start a family or buy a home.
As new monies for affordable housing are being created by the state, county and private sector, I'm committed to working with my fellow councilmembers and the mayor to ensure Kent gets a fair share of this funding. We need affordable housing in every neighborhood in Kent. If we are not smart about our housing strategy today, we are going to end up creating the same economic segregation Seattle is experiencing.
We need to position Kent as a community for residential longevity – a Kent for the generations.
To accomplish this, I have already:
I was just appointed to the newly formed King County Affordable Housing Committee. I can't think of a more important issue for our region and am beyond honored to be chosen by leaders from other communities to be part of this conversation. And I continue to represent Kent elders, vets, and disabled adults as a member of the King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disabilities Services.
I need your vote to retain my seat so I can continue the important work I'm doing on your behalf, as your current Kent City Councilmember.