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Council Position No. 1

Len Trautman

Len Trautman

7375 126TH PL SE


Education: Centralia Community College, studied Fisheries Biology at University of Washington
Occupation: Self employed contractor, home improvement/repair. Licensed electrician. Retired.

Hello friends and neighbors.

Newcastle faces a variety of challenges, such as financial instability, rising crime and ever increasing development.  For a few years I have attended nearly every City Council meeting. I have presented oral and written testimonies on a variety of topics and issues important to all of us.  The city consistently spends more money than they collect.  Right now, several new taxes are being discussed by the Council.  This on the heels of the recent 2% property tax increase.  I find that to be unacceptable.  


We can focus on public safety and sound infrastructure with judicious spending and without an increasing tax burden.   I have lived in Newcastle 38 years and deeply care about my neighbors and our city.  I want to take a more active role in our community to help ensure our city is safe, sound and financially responsible.  I would appreciate your vote.

Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner

7306 127TH PL SE


(425) 247-0613

Education: MS Public Policy, SUNY Stony Brook; BA Urban Planning, University of Washington
Occupation: IT Program Management; Former Chair, Bellevue Planning Commission; Founder, nonprofit.

I have loved living in the Newcastle/South Bellevue area since 1998.  We need to keep Newcastle the best part of King County by running City finances and operations as you run your household.  We need a fiscally responsible city council majority that is open and transparent.  I can help.  

I have 30+ years of IT management, strategy, change management and planning experience at Fortune 500 companies. I would drive efficiency with an eye on the budget and ear for voter spending priorities. Public safety is the top spending priority for citizens. Essential maintenance of the City's critical infrastructure (streets and roads) follows. If we accomplish these top two priorities, then we can have the fun cultural activities too. We should save to secure the City's long-term fiscal sustainability for the sake of our next generation. I ask for your vote. 

Endorsement: Former Councilmember and Utility Tax Referendum Petitioner Dave Mitchell.

Sun Burford

Sun Burford



(206) 280-7108

Education: Master’s in Education, City University of Seattle Leadership Certificate, Stanford University
Occupation: Teacher, Bellevue SD Board-member, Newcastle Arts-Council VP-Friends of Newcastle Library

As a proud resident for over a decade, 25-year educator, woman of color, mother of two, and immigrant, I’ll bring a solid skill set, unique perspective, and unwavering commitment to our city. I’ll unite our council for positive change. I’m a listener, problem solver, and I get work done. I have a proven track record of leadership through orchestrating our city’s first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration with astounding 600 participants, serving on the Newcastle Arts Council and Friends of Newcastle Library. 

My priorities are unity, diversity, and community engagement. I’ll focus on public safety, protect seniors from rising property taxes, and plan thoughtfully for our future. I’ll truly represent our community’s values and diversity. Together we can create a thriving and inclusive Newcastle. Thanks for your vote!

Endorsed by 41st LD Democrats, Legislators My-Linh Thai, Tana Senn, Marcie Maxwell (Fmr.), Bob Hasegawa-Senator, Carol Simpson, King-County Young Democrats, Yang’s Kitchen (Newcastle)

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