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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

August 4, 2015 Primary And Special Election

City, City of Seattle 
Council District No. 1



Lisa Herbold



Lisa Herbold


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Statement:

Every neighborhood deserves well-maintained streets and sidewalks, open space, youth and senior programming, and high-quality police and fire protection.  I have fought for this fairness my entire life, including during my 17 years as a Legislative Aide to Councilmember Nick Licata.  Before that, I worked as a neighborhood and tenant organizer – making sure City Hall was listening and being fair.

 

I want to keep working on policies and laws that will keep Seattle from becoming a place for only the wealthy.  Laws and policies like the ones I've worked on with others: paid sick leave for the 190,000 workers without it, the pilot version of LEAD - the award-winning pre-arrest diversion program, and regulations to ensure tenants don’t live in unsafe buildings.

 

I’ve worked on issues for West Seattle and South Park too, helping to create the new opportunity fund that made the South Park Library possible, helping to secure replacement housing for low income High Point residents - and funding for their P-Patch, and keeping our kids safe with more school zone enforcement. 

 

As your Councilmember I'll champion transit expansion and pedestrian safety; cut congestion from long commutes by ensuring development includes truly affordable housing, so our workforce can live here.  I'll work to approve development impact fees to fund our transportation infrastructure. I'll watchdog the enforcement of our new labor laws to ensure that everyone benefits and businesses have a level playing field. I will work for transparent, accountable policing that is fair for officers.

 

The Stranger said “Virtually anything progressive passed in our city has Lisa Herbold’s fingerprints on it … she’s encyclopedic on every policy from protecting tenants and helping the poor to serving the homeless and balancing the budget.” Nick Licata said “Lisa Herbold is the most qualified candidate that I could imagine – few know how important she has been to Seattle and its residents since 1998.”

 

I’ve earned the endorsements of Councilmember Nick Licata, State Senator Pramila Jayapal, Women’s Political Caucus, Professional and Technical Employees Local 17, Ironworks Local 86, Laborers Local 1239, and Operating Engineers 609.

 

I’ve lived in District 1 for 15 years.  My daughter lives here with her own family, including my two grandkids who attend Sanislo Elementary. My blended family, including my husband Bob’s two girls, all enjoy the great parks and small businesses that flourish here.

 

I hope that I’ve earned your vote.

 

Sincerely yours,

Lisa Herbold



For more information:

2518 S. BRANDON CT.
SEATLE, WA 98108
(210) 920-5472
LISA@DISTRICT1FORHERBOLD.COM
www.DISTRICT1FORHERBOLD.COM

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Jody Rushmer



Jody Rushmer


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Statement:

I'm running for Seattle City Council to build lasting coalitions between communities, business owners, and land developers - to provide quality, equitable housing opportunities, adequate, forward thinking parking strategies, and efficient, state of the art public transportation solutions in tandem with increased road capacity.

 

I'm running to champion West Seattle and South Park public schools and ensure that lack of funding is never a roadblock to the success of our children.

 

I'm running to make sure our community continues to thrive through focused, intelligently managed growth - while keeping the small town feel and remaining the kind of neighborhood where people want to live, plant roots, raise families, and retire. Not only today but for generations to come.

 

I'm Jody Rushmer - I'm running for West Seattle, I'm running for

South Park - I'm running for you.



For more information:

PO BOX 46669
SEATTLE, WA 98146
(206) 619-4983
westseattlejody@yahoo.com


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Chas Redmond



Chas Redmond


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Statement:

As West Seattle and South Park voters choose their first locally-based representative in more than 100 years, they will have the opportunity to make a clean break from the past and to choose a local leader who has already been working to make our neighborhood a better place to live.

 

Through organizations and projects such as Sustainable West Seattle, the Morgan Community Association and FeetFirst, I have been working locally for years. I have a track record of successful leadership including roles in launching the West Seattle Tool Library, the Alki Art Fair, the Junction Neighborhood Association and the Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council. I was also instrumental in bringing the West Seattle Trails maps and wayfinding signs to West Seattle.

 

While I was once called a “pedestrian advocate” by the West Seattle Blog, I’ve also been fighting for local improvements to other transportation modes as well, including cars, transit and bikes. It’s long past time for the city to address West Seattle’s transportation crisis – particularly our ability to access downtown.

 

My priorities are simple:

 

Transportation – We need real mobility solutions to, from and within West Seattle and South Park, including a 15 minute transit from Alaska Junction to Downtown. West Seattle needs Light Rail NOW – it’s time to prioritize this critical project.

 

Equity – West Seattle has been left behind for far too long; it’s time for a fair distribution of city dollars. We also need greater investments in neglected neighborhoods and deeper support for early childhood education.

 

The city must get serious about our housing crisis, especially in ensuring our oldest neighbors can stay in their homes. As Seattle continues to grow, we must implement linkage fees -- we cannot continue asking current residents to subsidize the cost of new development.

 

Accountability – The new city council must put aside business as usual and stop letting wealthy interests set the city’s agenda. Let’s put voters back in control of city spending -- particularly large capital projects.

 

We’ve made solid steps in recent months, but we need to continue Seattle Police reform with emphasis on community policing.

 

Most of all, it’s important your elected leader is accountable to YOU. I’ve been working on your behalf for years and would be honored to continue that work for you on the city council. 

 

Vote for Chas Redmond – Local Leadership for a New Era

 



For more information:

3903 SW MONROE ST
SEATTLE, WA 98136
(206) 932-6003
westseattle4chas@gmail.com
www.westseattle4chas.org

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Shannon Braddock



Shannon Braddock


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Statement:

To make progress on affordability, transportation, schools and our unique quality of life, we need a City Council member who can hit the ground running with the relationships and experience to be effective. 

 

Shannon Braddock is that trusted leader—a dedicated community volunteer, Chief of Staff to County Councilmember Joe McDermott, and mother of three Seattle Public Schools students.  With your vote, Shannon will be the only council member with kids in our public schools, a critical perspective missing on the Council as we look to strengthen our schools to help EVERY child succeed.

 

Shannon is the only candidate endorsed by West Seattle and South Park leaders, including Executive Dow Constantine, Councilmember Joe McDermott, retiring Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and State Representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon.

 

She is also the only candidate with broad support from unions, local small businesses, and environmental advocates.  Shannon is a progressive, thoughtful and inclusive leader who can unite the Council around critical local issues, including:

 

Light Rail to West Seattle: Shannon has worked at the County to expand RapidRide and Metro, but understands we don’t address fundamental mobility challenges until we deliver light rail and other smart solutions.

 

Protecting the Safety Net: Shannon has helped with regional funding, and served on the Boards of WestSide Baby and the West Seattle Food Bank. She will always protect those in need.

 

Affordable Housing Investments: The city simply cannot keep up with the need for workforce and low-income housing.  To keep our region welcoming to all people, we need to work with developers and non-profits to expand supply and manage the cost of quality affordable housing.

 

Caring for Seniors: West Seattle has a dynamic older population with specific needs, including a voice at City Hall.  Shannon will help reinvigorate our senior centers, assure transit access and pedestrian safety, and keep our streets and parks open and safe for all.

 

Preserving Our Quality of Life: Shannon understands why so many come to West Seattle to raise a family, start a business, or seek a slower pace of life.  She will fight to protect our residential neighborhoods, expand parks and playfields, partner for strong neighborhood schools, and assure that local businesses thrive as we continue to grow. 

 

“For years I’ve worked effectively to make progress on issues important to our families. I’d be honored to earn your vote as we approach a critical time in our growing, changing City!”

 



For more information:

4701 SW ADMIRAL WAY, #291
SEATTLE, WA 98116
(206) 682-7328
shannonbraddockford1@gmail.com
www.ShannonForD1.com

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Karl Wirsing



Karl Wirsing


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Statement:

My background is in community journalism, writing and communications, and I’ve always enjoyed interviewing people and learning about their stories. My first job out of college was as the editor of a tiny weekly newspaper in South Dakota, where I covered everything from school board and county commissioner meetings, to a cover feature about the town cat, to football games, cattle sales and the prom. After that, I spent more than five years with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, where I got to promote trail projects and work with local advocates across the country. Most recently, I’ve been working at the University of Washington with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, where I get to support all kinds of talented students and faculty members—and where I get to explore research from wildlife conservation to sustainable forest management and biofuel production.


The best part of these jobs for me has always been a powerful sense of engagement, of getting to know the heart of a community, and that’s what makes the possibility of serving on the City Council so exciting. There’s also unprecedented urgency and opportunity in Seattle. We have a window, right now, to change the way our city and region grows and operates for years to come. That’s why my campaign is about smart growth and rapidly expanding our public transit system, starting with light rail and more bus routes servicing West Seattle; aggressively preserving parks and green space and undeveloped land, and ensuring Seattle’s position as a global environmental leader; revitalizing communities through small business development; strengthening our city through diverse, affordable neighborhoods; and making sure we stay connected and never lose touch with our shared stake in governing this city.


On a personal level, I’ll always be someone who listens and loves to learn, who never stops asking questions, is honest and enthusiastic, trusts and respects those around me, and who believes there is always a solution. My ultimate goal is simply to be the kind of councilmember you can count on to be working hard and trying to spread fairness and opportunity to as many people as possible. My wife Danielle and I bought our first home in Delridge this past fall, we love the special energy of West Seattle and South Park, and I would be thrilled to represent you and our wonderful community!



For more information:

6353 21ST AVE SW
SEATTLE, WA 98106
(617) 835-6659
karlwirsing@gmail.com
www.wirsingforwseaspark.com

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Brianna Thomas



Brianna Thomas


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Statement:

West Seattle and South Park have historically been affordable, safe neighborhoods with easy access to industrial area jobs and downtown. I’m running because that’s changing. Increasing crime. Rising home prices. Congestion on the West Seattle bridge. With City Council district elections, West Seattle and South Park can vote for a champion dedicated to our own unique issues. I’m excited to be that champion.

 

I’ve lived in District One for seven years. I was honored to be awarded “Activist of the Year” by the Washington State Democratic Party, and the “Excellence in Civic Engagement” award by the Institute for a Democratic Future. I was the campaign manager for “Yes For SeaTac,” the first initiative in the country to raise a city’s minimum wage to $15/hour. Currently, I’m Field Director for Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund and serve on the Executive Board of the 34th District Democrats.

 

My priorities:

 

Reducing Crime - Last year, crime in Seattle went up nine percent and auto theft went up 44 percent. That’s unacceptable. We need more police officers in the Southwest precinct to ensure timely responses to crime throughout the district. Community policing works. Let’s increase walking patrols at Alaska, Morgan and Admiral junctions and the South Park business district to keep our small businesses and homes safe.

 

Improving our parks and community spaces - West Seattle is defined by our parks and open spaces.  Colman Pool, Schmitz Park, Alki Beach, Highland Park playfield are just a few of the parks that make West Seattle great. I’ll be a champion for improvements and upkeep of these special places and the services they offer.

 

Protecting the character of our neighborhoods: We need to protect affordable housing, especially for families, by preserving the existing character of neighborhoods and requiring developers to pay impact fees to fund new affordable housing. 

 

Getting Light Rail To West Seattle: People in West Seattle shouldn't have to choose between a traffic jam on the bridge and an over-crowded bus. Our District needs light-rail access to Downtown and expanded rapid transit service to our neighborhoods. I will fight to make this happen.

 

I am endorsed by: Machinists Local 751, The Sierra Club, National Women’s Political Caucus, Reps. Eric Pettigrew and Zach Hudgins, King County Young Democrats, Rev. Jan Bolerjack, and many more. Together, we can continue to make West Seattle/South Park a great place to live. I ask for your vote.



For more information:

P O BOX 23125
SEATTLE, WA 98102
(206) 512-9282
info@peopleforbrianna.org
www.peopleforbrianna.org

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Phillip Tavel



Phillip Tavel


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Statement:

Education: B.A in Physics, Vassar College; J.D, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

 

Occupation: Public Defender, Private Attorney, King County Pro-Tem Judge.

 

Our District needs a strong voice to bring responsibility and focus back to our Council.  The biggest problems we face are a direct result of their failures of planning and follow-through.  Our councilmember must stand up for our needs, not for special interests.

 

When I came to West Seattle 18 years ago I fell in love with this neighborhood.  I moved here, my parents moved here, and now I am raising my family here. I am involved in our community through Rotary and raising money for the West Seattle YMCA’s children’s education programs.

 

However, in the past several years I’ve seen the face of the neighborhood we love drastically changed by development that is putting cash before community.  The growth we are experiencing in West Seattle is bringing with it shortages in parking, increases in traffic and the loss of affordable housing. 

 

Our City Council does not have a plan to address our needs; I do.

 

  • Ensure that all development in West Seattle properly addresses and plans for parking needs and traffic impact.
  • Protect renters from unreasonable rent increases that are forcing them out of their homes.
  • Make sure there is a back-up plan if the tunnel cannot be finished in a reasonable time, or at all.
  • Expand bus service to effectively cover all of West Seattle, Delridge, Highland Park and South Park.
  • Work with responsible developers to build more affordable housing.
  • Get the Police to walk beats in our community to address the rise in property crimes, and to get back to the ideal of “protect and serve.”
  • Find permanent solutions to the homelessness problem that don’t involve tent encampments.
  • Work to bring a 24/7 medical facility to West Seattle.

 

I have the skills and experience to get the job done.  I spent almost ten years as a teacher and worked for the National Science Foundation before moving to Seattle where I co-founded an Entertainment company, creating more than 30 new jobs. For the past ten years I have been a Public Defender for King County.  I am also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for underprivileged children and have donated hundreds of hours of pro bono legal work.

 

I will be the powerful voice on City Council that our district needs.  I ask for your vote.



For more information:

6523 CALIFORNIA AVE SW #236
SEATTLE, WA 98136
(206) 949-8680
phillip@philliptavel.com
www.philliptavel.com

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Pavel Goberman



Pavel Goberman


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Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

Stop the Media and Political Prostitution!

 

Education: 2 years technical and 5 years Agricultural University / Beekeeping, Moskow, Russia. Was successful Manager / Social Worker. Had Award. Gave myself PhD in Health/Fitness.     

          

Occupation: Retired and now Health and Fitness business. Author and Publisher of book “Get Energized!”.

 

Vote for me not because I say that have experience, but because I’m a problems solver. There is no need too much brain to run city or country by increasing taxes. I do not say “We need”, “We must”, “Somehow”, but I have a concrete plan to create a few thousand jobs in Seattle, also develop fish farms, improve traffic, fight crimes: harder punishment and prisons must be profitable. Allow people to use weapons to protect lives and property. More police patrol.

 

People’s health: Prohibit to use chemicals in foods. All GMO and products of animals and poultry, feeded by antibiotics must be labeled.

 

Housing: I have a plan to solve housing crisis: Control spending. Corrupted City Council intentionally created housing shortage wasting many millions taxpayers money. Build more smaller, cheaper studios apartments with workplaces in basements where residents could work as assemble, make clothes. Businesses and institutions may build housing for staff and students. Taxpayers buildings as Union Station, Amtrak and others must be open for homeless from 10pm-6am as temporary safe and warm shelters with toilets. It will reduce crime and save money on police and medical. Allow home owners to rent out extra rooms. Reduce car insurance premiums for who drive a little.

 

Improve education: Schools must have discipline. Stop the media create hate against police.

 

On the people requests keep residential addresses confidential.

 

Public transportation: for students, seniors and poor reduce fare by 15%. For $2.50 make All-Day-Pass and for $5 – for others.

 

Reduce sale and property taxes.

 

West Seattle Senior Center must be open for 4 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Prevent nuclear war.

 

I’m honest, incorruptible (do not accept any “contributions”), with Faith, Integrity and High Moral Principles. 

                                                                                                                                     

I will donate 10% of my salary to reduce national debt.

 

Seattle will be an example for the nation.



For more information:

P.O. BOX 46271
SEATTLE, WA 98146
(206) 886-5320
getfit@getenergized.com
www.getenergized.com

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Arturo Robles



Arturo Robles


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Statement:

I am Arturo Robles, I am asking for you vote to represent you in the city of Seattle for District One (#1).

 

I have a Master in Public Administration, and have worked in typical city departments including Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Finance, and Personnel with the goal of making these departments operate in a more efficient and effective way while being responsive to the public. I have experience in the budgeting process and in applying performance measures to city government operations.

 

As an immigrant who did come to this country looking for opportunity like so many immigrants have in the past. I want to contribute in my efforts as your representative to preserve the middle class in this city and reverse the prevalent trend.

 

WHY AM I RUNNING?

 

I am running because I feel that I am in a position to understand the average person on the street because:

 

I know what it is to be unemployed, to be underemployed, to end up in the hospital and have no health insurance.

 

I want to ensure our students in Seattle have free access to education for the first two years of Community college.

 

I want not only ensuring that, local businesses employ local labor, but make some changes in the  way the city does business so as to open opportunities for local business formation

 

I want to ensure that the promised Pre-K schooling or early childhood education is available to every child and family that is not able to afford it in the city of Seattle.

 

Ensure Seattle residents have a living wage, eliminating homelessness, and insuring that among the housing development taking place in the city we do not displace existing residents because of gentrification type of activities, and insuring housing remains affordable.  

 

I am running for the city council because there are too many people in every corner, it seems, of the city asking for a dollar. At times these persons are senior citizens, or youth that need help, or people who may be addicted to substances. We need to reach out to them provide them a bed, a meal, a place to stay and if they are in need of rehabilitation we can refer them to agencies serving them.

 

A vote for me is a vote to continue to preserve these middle class values that this city and this county have always advocated for.



For more information:

14900 INTERURBAN AVE. S.
SEATTLE, WA 98168
(206) 551-2352
arobles@consejocounseling.org


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