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City of Newcastle

Council Position No. 1

Sun Burford

Sun Burford



(206) 280-7108

Education: Master’s in Education, City University of Seattle; Leadership Certificate, Stanford University
Occupation: Teacher, Bellevue School District

I'm a proud Newcastle resident, 25-year educator, immigrant, and mother. I've been knocking on hundreds of doors and speaking with Newcastle residents. You've shared your stories and concerns with me. I hear you. I'll work hard for you, for our community. I have a track record of leadership and commitment to our city: board member of Newcastle Arts Council and Newcastle Trails, VP of Friends of Newcastle Library, and organizer of Newcastle’s largest Lunar New Year Celebration.


I'll prioritize public safety, community engagement, and collaboration. I'll fight to protect seniors from rising property taxes and plan thoughtfully and sustainably for our future. I'll truly represent our community’s values and diversity. Together, we can create a thriving and inclusive Newcastle. Vote Sun. Thank you!


Endorsements: King County Democrats, 41st LD Democrats, Senator Wellman, Representatives Thai and Senn, Dow Constantine, Tony Ventrella, NWPC-WA, KCFDW, Yang’s Kitchen, Newcastle Fruit & Produce, and More.

Len Trautman

Len Trautman

7375 126TH PL SE


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

Hello friends. Newcastle faces a variety of challenges including financial instability, rising crime and ever-increasing development. For many years I have attended nearly every City Council meeting. I have presented public testimony and gained a detailed knowledge of the issues affecting our city. I fully understand the job.


Right now, several new taxes are being considered by the Council. This on the heels of the recent 2% Property Tax increase. I find that to be unacceptable. More taxes instead of spending discipline can't always be the first resort.  We can focus on public safety and  infrastructure maintenance with judicious spending; without an increasing tax burden. 


I have lived in Newcastle 38 years and I deeply care about our  city. I want to take a more active role in our community to help ensure our city is safe, well maintained and financially responsible. I’d appreciate your vote. Thank you.

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