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Council Position 3

Jeremy Barksdale

Jeremy Barksdale

11900 NE 1st St #300

Bellevue, WA 98006

(425) 405-5612

Education: Ph.D. Computer Science and MPA, Virginia Tech; B.A. NC A&T State University
Occupation: Chair, Bellevue Planning Commission; User Experience Researcher, Unity

I’ve been in love with Bellevue since I moved here. With light rail’s arrival, our city is going to experience greater growth and change. Bellevue needs leaders who have the vision to guide our city through this exciting period. I want to be a part of the next generation leading us into the future.


I believe my background on the Planning Commission, non-profit boards, and my expertise helping companies understand customers would be a strong asset on the Bellevue City Council.


I have no doubt that Bellevue will continue to be a leader in the region, in the state, and in the world. We have some of the most talented people at the most innovative companies and neighbors who care deeply and passionately about this community.


I’ll listen, ask tough questions, get the best data, and then lead. My priorities are keeping Bellevue affordable, engaging neighborhoods, and modernizing city government. Let’s make the new change coming work for us and strengthen the character and qualities of this great city. Endorsed: Bellevue Firefighters, 41st/48th Democrats, Claudia Balducci, Lynne Robinson, Patty Kuderer, Lisa Welman, Tana Senn, My-Linh Thai, Vandana Slatter, John Stokes, and more.. I’d be honored to earn your vote.

Stephanie Walter

Stephanie Walter

PO Box 1634

Bellevue, WA 98009

(425) 650-1022

Education: B.A. (Finance and Economics), University of Puget Sound; Accounting Emphasis, Seattle University; Bellevue Essentials Graduate
Occupation: Finance Professional, Overlake Hospital; East Bellevue Community Councilmember (Vice Chair)

We have a strong economy, but Bellevue’s greatest strength is in our people and neighborhoods. Neighborhoods make this a great city in which to live, work and educate our children. It’s a place of pride for residents from young adults to retirees.


As your next Councilmember, I will make neighborhood safety my number one priority, starting by supporting our first responders – fire, police and EMTs. Keeping our neighborhoods great begins with protecting our parks and trails, to which I am firmly committed. On Bellevue transportation, I support all modes of mobility – walking, buses, biking, light rail, and driving. I will oppose policies at local and state levels that contribute to traffic congestion.


I have a proven track record of making a difference in local issues. As a neighborhood leader, I fought for single-family neighborhoods against unsafe transient room rentals. As Planning Commission Chair, I supported the long view for Bellevue’s needs and planning. As Vice Chair of the East Bellevue Community Council, I tackled the homeless issue head on while protecting our neighborhoods. Many community leaders have endorsed me, including Councilmembers Conrad Lee, Jennifer Robertson, and Jared Nieuwenhuis—but your support matters most.


Please vote Stephanie Walter for Bellevue.

Kya Michael Aatai

Kya Michael Aatai

3834 134th Ave NE

Bellevue, WA 98005

Education: Bachelors in Political Science; University of Washington, Business Administration; Seattle University
Occupation: Principal at Seawest Investment Associates LLC

Hi, I am Kya Aatai and I want to be your next council member for Bellevue.  I have lived in Bellevue for most of my life and am a Seattle native. I have deep ties to the community and have worked for, contributed to, and volunteered with a number of organizations in and around the eastside, including Hopelink, Issaquah Food Bank, Kirkland Arts Center, and Attain Housing. Bellevue is a special city, and one that has changed incredibly in the last 30 years. We have gone from being Seattle's afterthought to a major economic powerhouse for the region. I think its important  to keep the affordability of Bellevue paramount. Bellevue is known for its safe neighborhoods and downtown, great schools, beautiful parks, and a community welcoming to people from all walks of life. We need to make sure Bellevue keeps those characteristics as we continue this remarkable growth. Affordable housing is my top priority for the community. As a real estate developer I'm well educated on what we can do to keep our housing affordable not just for our current residents, but also for those coming to our community. I look forward to serving you and our fine City. 

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