(1) The most important
issue in the City. The most important issue is the challenge of rebuilding
the economy. My goal is prosperity that is sustainable and broadly shared.
- I will work with Seattle’ s businesses and institutions
to create jobs. Better infrastructure, regulatory changes, vibrant
and attractive neighborhoods, a clean environment and public safety
are all essential to a city where people want to work and businesses
want to grow.
- will work to reduce the cost of government. I’ve always
been the councilmember that watched the budget and tried to protect
- will work to protect public health. I restored funding to
the community clinics in this last budget cycle to keep the public
health safety net strong.
(2) What I would bring to my job. I love serving on City Council because
every day I can ensure that you have reliable electricity and clean
water, that your basic freedoms and civil rights are protected, that
high standards of public health and sanitation guard you from illness.
I bring all my heart, smarts and integrity to public service. In my
decade on the Council, I’ve chaired committees on public safety,
utilities, water and health. I’ve served on the State and County
Boards of Health, with a focus on reducing ethnic health disparities.
I chaired the board of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, working to
protect your lungs.
I’m an environmental champion. I preserved the 90,000-acre Cedar
River Watershed, set new standards for water conservation, and won
the Municipal League’s Regional Leadership Award for my salmon
(3) Goals for homelessness and poverty. I lived in Taiwan as a child
when a million mainland China refugees arrived on the island, many
of them penniless and homeless. I watched as they set up tiny businesses
or vegetable plots. Soon they moved out of their cardboard shacks in
the alleys and into apartments or small houses. That’s what I
think of when I see homelessness and poverty in Seattle.
I believe we can create a similar cycle of hope and opportunity here
if we support one another with high standards and expectations, treatment
for addiction and mental illness, and access to micro-loans and similar
I will continue to champion public health, both emergency and preventive
services, to provide a safety net for the needy.
(4) Super Powers! Seattle already has a cadre of “mutant super-heroes.” They
are the scientists and doctors who are finding solutions for the diseases
and disabilities that plague the world. Some of them work at non-profits
like Seattle Biomedical Research Institute or Fred Hutch. Some are
academics at the University of Washington’s genome center or
medical school. Gates’ global health programs will find a vaccine
against HIV/AIDS and cures or prevention for malaria. Amgen, Zymogenetics
and others will produce drugs to manage arthritis, asthma, and the
like. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, the intestinal infections that
are the scourge of the developing world – all these and more
are within the scope of Seattle’s super-scientists.
With “mutant super-heroes” like these at work to cure
the world’s diseases, my job as a Councilmember is to support
them with electricity to power their research equipment and building
codes that accommodate modern laboratories. That doesn’t require
superpowers, just common sense and determination.
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