Kirkland City Council
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I appreciate very much the opportunity you've given me to
serve as a member of the Kirkland City Council!
To build the Kirkland we
want for tomorrow, we need a city government that is fiscally responsible,
encouraging to local businesses, and open and accountable to our citizens. I'm
using my experience, knowledge, and skills, honed as your representative in the
state legislature and as a fire commissioner, to build Kirklandís tomorrow.
I want Kirkland to be an example of openness and
accountability to cities throughout Washington, and go
beyond the minimal basic requirements of state law on government
transparency and ethics. We now have in place a Code of Ethics that is
among the strongest in Washington. We've updated our policies and practices
on public records disclosure, and making information available to you simply and
proactively online to ensure that you have access to
the information you need quickly and cost-effectively. You have a right to know
what your city officials are doing, and to expect them to serve in the
public interest and not for personal or political gain. You have a right
to participate in establishing the future policies of our city and to clear and
fair notice when changes are proposed. I'm working to ensure that Kirkland does
an even better job being open, transparent, and accountable to you.
We need jobs and businesses in Kirkland to grow if we expect the best
services for our neighborhoods and families. Our business and zoning
regulations and tax policies must accommodate innovation and growth,
while protecting the unique character of Kirkland and our neighborhoods.
We canít drive away vital investment and family-wage jobs for our
families by micro-managing businesses from the city council chamber.
As co-chair of Citizens for One Kirkland, the committee that supported
annexation of Kingsgate, North Juanita, and Finn Hill into Kirkland, I
worked hard to bring our city together and make it One. Iíve worked
toward this goal for more than a decade. Iím committed to bringing
all parts of our city together, building a sustainable budget, and
providing the essential services that the citizens and businesses in
Kirkland deserve and expect.
If you ever have a question for me, don't hesitate
to contact me when it's convenient for you. Just give me a call at
206-790-6377 or email me at email@example.com
(or firstname.lastname@example.org if
it's official city business). I look forward to hearing from you!