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Seattle Voters' Guide  

P.O.Box 28568
Seattle WA 98118
(206) 399-8288

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Written Voters' Guide Statement

Seattle is at a crossroads. Our cityís population is expected to grow by 150,000 more people over the next 15 years. Growth pressures and poorly-planned development threaten the quality of life we once took for granted. Creating healthy, walkable, and complete neighborhoods is the way to balance growth.

Yet many of Seattleís diverse neighborhoods lack basics such as sidewalks, safe crossings and drainage. Few cities have a greater legacy of parks and green spaces than Seattle. Open space is critical to accommodating more people while keeping our city livable. Our parks suffer from neglect and chronic under-funding.

As mayor, Iíll protect this great cityís future from urban decline caused by neighborhood neglect, poorly designed development, traffic congestion and street crime.

I am uniquely qualified to lead Seattle into the future and tackle these challenges.

Iím a skilled architect, planner and civic activist. I served 10 years on the Seattle City Council. Professionally, Iíve provided my expertise to some of Seattleís largest public institutions, including Childrenís Hospital and Pike Place Market.

I get work done. I protected our cityís water quality in the Cedar River watershed. I developed the Downtown Livability Plan. I wrote many of our growth management laws, guarded our environment, and served on key regional planning boards.

My Complete Neighborhoods Strategy will serve the city well into the future.

I support transportation choices to relieve traffic, improve mobility, reliability, and above all, safety.

Iíve never been afraid to stand up for whatís right:

  • More affordable housing
  • Repairing aging roads and bridges
  • Prioritizing pedestrian safety, open space, and bikeways
  • I question building a sports arena in our industrial zone Ė threatening jobs and our economy.

People come first. Itís wrong that Seattle has a poverty rate higher than the rest of the state.

Iíll work to increase family wage jobs, and close the wage gap between working women and men. Iíll shelter more homeless women and men now living outside in cold, unsanitary conditions. No one should go hungry in Seattle.

Iíll lead our once-in-a lifetime opportunity to reconnect downtown to the waterfront.

Seattle can again be the great City of the Future Ė without abandoning our roots.

I am proud of my endorsements from: the 11th District, 46th, District, and King County Democrats, ILWU locals 19 and 52, Sailorsí Union of the Pacific, American Institute of Architects, Washington Council.

I appreciate your vote.

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