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PO Box 23125
Seattle WA 98102
(206) 428-7597

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Written Voters' Guide Statement

When I took office four years ago the recession was taking a heavy toll on jobs and on our city budget. I prioritized city services by listening to you at over 100 town halls in Seattle neighborhoods.

You told me to protect essential government services and focus our investments carefully. Here's what we did:

* Increased street maintenance and pothole repairs by 10% over previous city administrations.

* Protected public safety budgets while reducing crime to the lowest level in 30 years.

*Protected the safety net for the most vulnerable.

* Rebuilt our rainy day fund while maintaining our city’s excellent bond rating.

As our economy improved, we invested where you told us was most important. We are all concerned about graduation rates so I:

* Worked with the City Council to double the impact of the Families and Education levy which improved programs for early learning, after school activities, and academic interventions for at-risk youth.

* Launched a citywide attendance campaign to encourage kids to show up every day ready to learn.

* Expanded the Youth Violence Prevention Program to serve 20% more at-risk kids.

You also told me we have to plan for the future while protecting those things that make Seattle special. That's why I'll work to connect our neighborhoods with better broadband and new transit, including partnering regionally on new light rail lines. We'll invest in early learning so more of our kids are ready for kindergarten. We'll continue to partner with neighborhoods to support local businesses, make communities safer, and invest in local improvements like safe routes to school and expanded community center hours.

I came into office as an outsider never holding public office before. But I worked to climb the learning curve as fast as I could. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to keep Seattle thriving during tough times, strengthen our city’s education programs, lower crime rates and work with regional leaders to build a transportation system that works for every part of the city. I know who I work for - I work for you.

I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Local 8, the Sierra Club, the 37th District Democrats, the Cascade Bicycle Club. King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, Rep. Sharon Tomiko-Santos and many, many more. I’m excited to keep Seattle the best place in America to live and I ask for your vote.

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