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City of Des Moines

Council Position No. 3

Gene Achziger

Gene Achziger

PO BOX 13058


(253) 941-3785

Education: BA Communications, Washington State University; AAS Graphic Design, Highline College; AA General, Tacoma Community College
Occupation: Retired journalist, Seattle P-I; adjunct professor, Highline College; graphic designer

We will succeed when we have a City Council that is unafraid of listening to the people. True transparency requires communication and cooperation.

Seeking answers has been my career.

What will we do about the airport pollution that causes our kids to test a full year behind their peers; and shortens our lives as much as 10 years? How are we going to reduce property crime and daily assaults on our quality of life? How can we all get involved? Through 45 years of community activism, I’ve learned that working together is essential. It’s how I helped lead the efforts to build Wooton Park, annex Woodmont/Redondo to the city, and save the Mount Rainier and Tukwila pools. As president of the Des Moines Legacy Foundation, we’ve improved the lives of disadvantaged kids and seniors. I want to bring that spirit to all our citizens. I humbly ask for your vote.

Priscilla Vargas

Priscilla Vargas

848 S 260TH ST


(916) 956-6518

Education: Sonoma State University, BA Environmental Studies and Planning
Occupation: ADA Compliance Officer, Sacramento Regional Transit District

I have lived in Washington State for eight years, including six years in Des Moines. I am running for office to further improve the safety and quality of life of the residents of the city. If elected, my top priorities include public safety enhancements, job creation paying livable wages, economic revitalization of downtown businesses and surrounding neighborhoods along with the development of the Marina.


I have worked in the public and private transportation sectors for over 31 years in leadership roles working with community members, advocacy groups, and political leaders. I have specialized in equal access and mobility options for seniors and persons with disabilities. I possess the necessary experience and skill sets to provide a strong voice for our community.


I will bring transparency, consensus building and collaboration to the council deliberations. With your vote I truly believe I can make a difference for the future of Des Moines.

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