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Why I Am Running for Issaquah City Council
When I moved to Issaquah almost 35 years ago, I found my home. At the heart of Issaquah are the people who have made this place, through an unprecedented level of community engagement, a vital, diverse and caring community.
Today, Issaquah faces multiple challenges. Persistent growth impacts traffic, neighborhoods, and the quality of our daily lives, creating a constant pressure that can’t be ignored. We are concerned about preserving Issaquah’s natural beauty, the “down home” feel of neighborhoods, and the livability of daily life.
I’m running for City Council because I want to ensure that Issaquah’s reputation as a caring community is preserved and enhanced. I will promote the health, safety and welfare of all our citizens, whether they are young people increasingly faced with mental health challenges, families unable to afford health care, parents experiencing stalled traffic and diminished family time, or seniors who fear that costs may drive them away from their life-long home. Issaquah’s built infrastructure must keep pace with growth and increased needs, and Issaquah’s community cohesion and human services infrastructure must be prized as highly as roads, houses and bridges.
As a former King County Department of Transportation community relations planner, I helped Puget Sound residents develop local transit and traffic solutions. As a two-term former Issaquah school board member, I led our community during a period of intense growth. Working with a variety of non-profits, I have helped people create innovative community-based approaches to physical and mental health. I believe these skills and experiences make me uniquely qualified for a position on the Issaquah City Council. I look forward to working with the residents of Issaquah, keeping alive the old Issaquah motto: “A special place where people care.”