I appreciate very much the opportunity the people of Kirkland have given me to serve you as a member of the Kirkland City Council, and for your vote to re-elect me to serve a second term beginning in 2016.
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 city council member, as a representative in the state legislature, as a fire commissioner, and through over 30 years building technical consensus in the computer industry, to build Kirkland’s tomorrow.
I am firmly committed to insuring that you are never surprised by actions taken by the city and have access to the same information as city council members to the maximum extent possible, so you can fully understand the decisions we make and the processes by which things get done in Kirkland. 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, and listening to what you have to say.
Because of the leadership of your city council, Kirkland is an example of openness and accountability to cities throughout Washington, going far beyond the minimal basic requirements of state law on government transparency, public engagement, and ethics. Our Code of Ethics for the city council and city boards and commissions is among the strongest in Washington. Our trailblazing new Public Records ordinance and rules are recognized across the state, having received awards from both Washington Coalition for Open Government and the Association of Washington Cities. As I promised in my first city council campaign, city council committee meetings are now open to the public. Our new web site makes it easy to find the information you need on any device. The public engagement process for Kirkland 2035 — the update to the city’s comprehensive plan for the next 20 years — was second to none.
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 can’t 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 for more than a decade to bring our city together and make it One. I’m committed to bringing all parts of our city together, maintaining a sustainable budget, and providing the essential services that the citizens and businesses in Kirkland deserve and expect.
I am firmly committed to the fundamental principles on which our nation was founded and that have made it great, including individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, and free enterprise. You can count on me to consistently vote for less regulation and more freedom, and to never vote for nanny-state laws that try to substitute the wisdom of the elite for your own. You know better how to live your life or run your business than anyone else, and the government should not interfere with your freedom of choice so long as you respect the lives, liberty, and property of others.
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!