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As tax revenues and other funds have shrunk, local cities and towns have cut services such as planning departments and municipal golf courses, and they have examined cutting or contracting out core services such as public safety. What parts of your city or town should be examined for cost savings?

Explain how suburban growth is affecting your community and what you would do as a council member to curb the negative effects of growth, or harness the positive effects.

Local cities and towns must work with other agencies such as neighboring cities, school and fire districts, the health department and transit agencies. What is the most important partnership for your community right now, and why?

State and federal mandates have a trickle-down effect on local governments. An example is Initiative 502, which legalized recreational use of marijuana. What should your city or town do to control the effects of that new law or other mandates from on high?

Campaign Phone (253) 569-4482
Age 47
Occupation Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County Prosecutor's Office; Deputy Mayor and City Council Member, City of Federal Way
City/Community of Residence City of Federal Way
Education Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington, 1989; Juris Doctorate, Gonzaga Law School, 1993.
Civic/Political Experience Elected to Federal Way City Council in 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Served as Deputy Mayor in 2006-07 and currently Deputy Mayor since 2012. Board Member, South King County Multi-service center 1995-2005 (food bank, literacy, job placement, taught citizenship classes '96-'00); YMCA Youth in Government Board 2006-2007; YMCA Mock Trial Volunteer 1996 to 2013; 30th District Democratic Precinct Committee Officer '12-'13; White House Intern, Office of the Vice President, 1992;
Endorsements Federal Way Police Officer's Guild; 30th District Democrats; King County Sheriff John Urquardt; Rep. Roger Freeman.
Incumbent? (Y/N) No.
All city departments must be examined for cost savings. Once elected Mayor I will conduct a review of each department to search for innovative ways to deliver quality service to the community while also doing so in a frugal manner. There are limits to these cuts, however, as our city has a core mission to provide for the safety of its citizens. I would not support contracting out.
With suburban growth naturally comes an increase in crime and also environmental issues. As a council member and deputy mayor, I have worked with my colleagues to ensure that when new housing developments come in to the city that we make best efforts to ensure that as many trees be retained as possible, instead of just wholesale clearing. We also have worked to ensure that parks are kept up.
We have a number of very important partners in the City of Federal Way. Working with our school district to ensure that all members of our community have access to a quality education must be the top priority. I will work with the school district to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help them in that mission.
As a council member and current Deputy Mayor, I am aware that the liquor initiative has had unintended consequences regarding theft of alcohol from retails stores. We need to work with our local business to ensure that access to these goods are kept away from doors and easily accessed areas. We also need to work to ensure that young kids will not have access to either alcohol or marijuana.
Campaign Phone (206) 510-7810
Age 64
Occupation Federal Way Mayor
City/Community of Residence Federal Way
Education Brewster High School, Brewster, Washington, Willamette University; B.A. in political science, National Law Center at George Washington University; J.D. with Honors.
Civic/Political Experience Government Experience: Federal Way Mayor (2010-2013), 30th District State Representative (2003-2010), Member-Federal Way City Council (1992-1997, Mayor 1996-1997). Community Service: Former Board Member: Pacific Harbors Council. B.S.A., Silver Beaver Award, Former Board Member: South King County Multi-Service Center, Former Advisory Board Member: Advancing Leadership Program, Former Board Member: Friends of the Hylebos, Former Member: F.W. School District Construction Oversight Committee, Past President/Member: St. Francis Hospital, Franciscan Fellowship, Past Board Member: Federal Way Kiwanis Foundation, Former Advisory Council Member: Federal Way Communities in Schools. Awards/Honors: Federal Way Mirror Readers “Best” City Leader in 2011, 2012, and 2013, The King County Municipal League "Outstanding" rating in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, 2013, The Washington State PTA "Friend of Children" award in 2010, The Washington Conservation Voters "Environmental Champion" awardin 2005-2006, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, The Friends of the Hylebos "Golden Hip Boot" award in 2008, The League of Education Voters "Education Champion" award, The Washington Association of Career and Technical Education "Legislator of the Year" award in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, The "Distinguished Service" award in 2008 and The "Lifetime Achievement" award in 2010, The Washington State Skills Center "Superstar" award in 2007, The Arc of King County "Recognition of Dedication and Commitment to People with Development Disabilities" award in 2007, The Association of Washington Business "Cornerstone" award in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Endorsements State Representative Pat Sullivan, Councilmember Jeanne and Jim Burbidge, School Board President Tony Moore, School Board Member Danny Peterson, School Superintendent Rob Neu, Mayor Pete Lewis, Mayor Leanne Guier, South King County Fire and Rescue Commissioner James Fossos, Katrina and Neil Asay, Irv and Marlene Beadle, Maureen Bernardy, Ron and Wanda Crockett, Caleb Dawson, Caroline Vander Ark Davis, Tim and Lori DeVore, Jack and Jennifer Dovey, Pat and Margery Godfrey, Tim and Teri Hickel, Bob and Marilyn Kellogg, Rt. Rev. Dr. Tim Klerekoper, Pastor Jon McIntosh, Jerry Korum, Dennis LaPorte, Steve Lewis, Tom and Rosemary Murphy, Jin Park, Kenny Lee, Caitlyn and Larry Remington, Jeff and Leanne Stock, Vilma Taylor, Tom and Karen Vander Ark, H. David Kaplan, Mark and Judy Clirehugh, Dan Papke, Jim Chaffee, Bill and Betty Huff, Bill and Fran Morton, Rob Barrans, MJ Durkan, Dr. John Jarstad, Sue Celski, David and Donna Berger, Jamey Sing, Hee Jung Lee, Bette Simpson-Opstad, Dennis and Joyce Hulse, Fred Konkell, Mark Koppang, Carrol Clemens, Tom and Jan Crews, Dick Mayer, Len and Sandra Englund, Lou Olmstad, Nancy McEleney, Marty Markey, Phil and Barb Wamba, Peg and Jay Altman, Mike and Carol Stanley, Jerry Vaughn, Kathy and Brian Schmidt, Chris and Cassie BeSerra, Leif and Pichin Oksenvaag, Mark and Adele Freeland, Art McIrvin, Washington Trucking Association PAC, Washington Association of Realtors PAC, Affordable Housing Council, Officers and members of Laborers Local 440--Street Pavers, Sewer, Watermain and Tunnel Workers, 30th District Republicans and many, many, more.
Incumbent? (Y/N) Yes
To achieve budget sustainability, the city practices “frugal innovation,” constantly looking to do more with less. The result has been millions of dollars of on-going savings and a $1.7 million savings achieved by refinancing city bonds. Moving forward, we will continue to focus on major cost drivers including health care and jail costs and providing high quality public safety cost-effectively.
Federal Way faces the challenges of many suburbs: a growing, diverse working class and an aging population that requires more services but has limited means. We are committed to “all means all” when it comes to serving our residents, and will continue to promote job creation, maintain a strong human services “safety net” and work with our school district to ensure the success of all students.
Public safety is the city’s number one priority. Our primary South King County partnerships are the SCORE jail facility and ValleyCom which provides 911 service. The police department also partners with other agencies and important community groups such as the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking (FWCAT). Priorities include a major focus on gangs, home burglary, auto and metal theft.
Unfunded public safety mandates are a major concern. The liquor initiative has triggered a large theft increase with limited state dollars to address the issue. The marijuana initiative is more challenging as its use is still against federal law. Enforcement is left to cities with no additional funds and no state plan to help schools address the negative impacts on students.