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City of Tukwila

Council Position 5

Dennis Martinez

Dennis Martinez

P.O. Box 88535

Tukwila, WA 98138

(206) 307-6308

Education: UA Steamfitter Apprenticeship, continued education in Construction, Project Management, Estimating, Scheduling, Contract Negotiations
Occupation: Retired Steamfitter, Project Manager, Estimator

Tukwila and the Puget Sound Region is experiencing major construction growth.  With this growth the demand for qualified workers is over whelming.  I believe with my experience and contacts within the construction industry I can help to promote our community as source for qualified manpower and an ideal location for new development and housing projects.  We must think progressively to help ensure our city is not left behind.


My wife and I have been married 30 years and we have owned our home here for over 20 years.  We raised our daughter in Tukwila and she bought her first home here.  2 of our 4 grandsons attend school in Tukwila. My wife has been employed with Tukwila Fire Department for over 27 years.  I am on the Planning Commission and active within the community.  My roots are deep in Tukwila and my passion is strong for our city.

Armen Papyan

Armen Papyan

5604 S 150th ST

Tukwila, WA 98188

(206) 250-7146

Education: University of Washington Tacoma as a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major
Occupation: No occupation submitted

Born to Immigrant parents, Armen Papyan knows the value of diversity. By embracing our differences and sharing our experiences, we can continue to support the diverse community of Tukwila. Having attended Foster High School and being elected the ASB President, Papyan was actively involved in the Tukwila School District the most diverse district in the nation. This experience introduced him to the importance of inclusion and influenced his decision to attend the University of Washington Tacoma as a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major.


Looking forward Papyan will work to create collaborative efforts to improve affordable housing, cheap and accessible transportation systems specifically designed for Tukwila residents. Papyan will also focus on education by building the bridge between the school board and the city council to foster a collaborative environment with a focus on student achievement. A true Tukwila resident, Armen Papyan will work to improve our community.

Coletha Y. Albert

Coletha Y. Albert

P. O. Box 69442

SeaTac, WA 98168

(206) 619-1631

Education: Emergency Management Institute
Occupation: Director

In Tukwila, Washington since 2009.


I have lived my entire adult life knowing that who a person is can be defined in the instance of crises. It is easy to remain calm, cool & collected in times a peace, in an agreeable environment.


As our environment changes, we need someone equipped to handle environmental crises...I am that person who enjoys challenges in Disaster Preparedness for seven years. I am a published writer and a mother and grandmother.


I have a heart for Tukwila and her citizens I look forward to serving if elected to The Tukwila City Council, Position 5. Thank you.

Zak Idan

Zak Idan

PO Box 88903

Tukwila, WA 98138

(425) 918-0274

Education: Bachelor’s in Construction Engineering Management, University of Washington
Occupation: Project Control Engineer, King County Department of Natural Resources

My family fled Somalia to the Puget Sound to escape the civil war. My parents stressed the values of a good education and hard work and I achieved the American dream.


I want your vote for Tukwila City Council to make sure that every resident has the same opportunities I had. We need to support growing small businesses, develop job-training programs with local schools, and invest in Tukwila residents. We must address our transportation problems to attract more businesses to Tukwila. We must improve our road network and advocate more for accessible public transportation.


I serve on the Community Oriented Policing Citizen's Advisory Board, and the OneAmerica and Matt Griffin YMCA boards. I also volunteer with Action Tukwila and as a youth soccer coach.


Endorsements: Senator Bob Hasegawa, Tukwila Council-members Joe Duffee, De’Sean Quinn, Verna Seal and Thomas McLeod, the King County Labor Council, King County Democrats and OneAmerica Votes.

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