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ISSUES

"I'm a working policy maker. This means I show up, I do my homework, I talk to the community and work to set policy and budgets that works for all residents. You are more likely to find me reading strategic plans than podcasting. It's the un-glamorous - sometime tedious - policy work that touches and improves our daily lives. It's the safer street crossing, the improved park equipment, the new jobs strategy, the better policing policy, the more equitable purchasing plan that I wake up for every day."
LIST OF ISSUES
Diversity

I'm proud to call the 7th most diverse city in the nation my home. I recognize and embrace the immense value of diversity as a strength within our community. I believe our city's vibrancy and resilience stem from the rich tapestry of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives that our residents bring. I remain commited to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment where every individual is valued, respected, and provided with equal opportunities to thrive. My vision for Kent remains one that celebrates diversity and promotes cultural understanding. I celebrate our rich ethinic, racial and LGBTQIA+ communities in Kent. Issues such as ability, mental health and access to service issues must always be included in policy conversations. Policy is no good if it doesn't serve everyone. 

2018-2023 Achievements: Adoption of the city's first Race and Equity Strategic plan, negotiated the first Pride flag raising at City Hall.

Housing

We need more housing options in Kent. My two years representing Kent on the King County Affordable Housing committee taught me that the pressing need for affordable housing directly impacts the well-being and stability of our community. It is an issue that will only be solved through partnerships between government agencies, private industry, federal policy and local actions. In the face of rising housing costs and stagnant incomes, affordable housing is not only provides shelter but also contributes to improved health outcomes, educational opportunities, and economic mobility. Affordable housing strengthens communities by fostering diversity, reducing homelessness, and mitigating the negative effects of poverty. As housing is a fundamental human right, addressing the need for affordable housing is a critical step towards creating a more equitable and inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

2018-2023 Achievements:
Expanded renter protections, Kent Housing Options Plan (KHOP), and forthcoming Countrywide Planning Policies (CPP) applied to Kent. 

Public Safety

A safe community is a healthy, thriving community. I believe the state's recent policy changes regarding police vechicle pursuits and the Blake decision are positive steps, but we need to do more locally - and we are. We passed policy to prohibit public drug use in 2022, and in May we were the first city in King County to pass an ordinance that made possession of illicit drugs a gross mismeador. At the same time, we also estabilished a diversion program to ensure those suffering from addiction are not jailed, and are instead assigned service navigators. These individuals are monitored and mandated to receive treatment, after which their records are cleared. By prioritizing community engagement, proactive crime prevention, and evidence-based drug policies, we strive to ensure the well-being and security of all our residents while upholding the principles of humanity, fairness, and respect for individual rights.

2018-2023 Achievement: Significant changes to police handbook and policies including Use of Force and De-escalation, securing budget and implementing a Police/Mental Health Professional co-responder model, passed ordinances making public use of drugs and possession of illicit drugs illegal within city limits. 

Environment

Local efforts to go green are often outside the means of city budgets. This is why we are continuously identifying grant funding for municipal projects that prioritize sustainability and environmental stewardship within our community. By implementing comprehensive strategies, we commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving natural resources, and promoting renewable energy sources. I support funded policies that encourages initiatives such as energy-efficient infrastructure, waste reduction and recycling programs, promotion of public transportation and biking, and the adoption of green building practices. By actively engaging residents, businesses, and local organizations, we strive to create a culture of environmental responsibility, fostering a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future for our community and generations to come.

2018-2023 Achievements: Solar panel roof installation at Kent Senior Center, restored salmon habitat and expanding spawning grounds along the Green River, and introduction of pollenator patchs along municipal right of ways to save on mowing (saves $$) and support local pollenator populations. 

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