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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

August 4, 2015 Primary And Special Election

City, City of Seattle 
Council District No. 5



Halei Watkins



Halei Watkins


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Statement:

I believe Seattle is quickly becoming the tale of two cities: one city for the wealthy and one for the rest of us. Like many Seattleites, my husband and I worry if we will be able to afford to start a family and build our lives here.  That’s why it’s important to have a City Council that fights for all of us, especially here in long-neglected North Seattle. 

 

I’m a community organizer and have dedicated my career to advocating on issues that I care about and helping others to do the same.  At Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, I work every day as an advocate for women. I serve on the King County Civil Rights Commission, the Board of the 46th District Democrats, and was named a Young Green Leader by Washington Conversation Voters. I was a Field Director in the R74 campaign securing the freedom to marry for gay couples in Washington State. These experiences cemented my belief in the power of communities creating change together.

 

My top priorities are:

 

Reducing Crime: I hear about public safety at nearly every door. Our neighborhoods need to be safer. We need more police officers who practice community policing models that integrate their policing into the fabric of our communities and we need citizen oversight to hold our police department accountable.

 

Ensuring Affordable Housing: My husband and I are renters. My top priority is to help new families like ours and seniors who have built their lives here not get priced out of the city. We have to ensure that new affordable units are being built, that existing housing is maintained, and provide additional protections for renters.

 

Fixing Inadequate Infrastructure: In North Seattle, we lack basic infrastructure like sidewalks and drainage. One of my opponents supports asking neighborhoods to tax themselves to pay for this. This is double taxation and the wrong approach. I'll fight with you so our neighborhoods receive the services others have received from the beginning.

 

Fighting for Equal Pay For Equal Work and Paid Family Leave: Seattle needs to ensure that all city contracts go to companies that prove they pay women the same as men, and pass paid family leave so that people can balance careers with families.

 

Endorsed: Cascade Bicycle Club, Women’s Political Caucus, Sierra Club, 46th District Democrats, King County Young Democrats, Rep. Gerry Pollet, Councilmember Jean Godden, and many others. I ask for your vote.



For more information:

PO BOX 23037
SEATTLE, WA 98102
(206) 866-4368
info@haleiwatkins.com
www.haleiwatkins.com

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Debora Juarez



Debora Juarez


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Statement:

Education: BA - Western Washington University, JD - Seattle University School of Law

 

Occupation: Attorney

 

Candidate Statement:

 

I build and defend communities. I have done this while living in North Seattle for 25 years.

 

As a public defender and King County Superior Court Judge I both upheld and dispensed social justice. As an advisor to two Washington State Governors, an attorney at a major Seattle law firm, and as a certified financial expert I helped low-income communities develop hospitals, parks, community centers, and create public and private sector jobs. I have spent my entire career at the crossroads of social justice and community development.

 

While my professional accomplishments are a source of pride, I am even more proud of my two daughters. I raised my family in North Seattle, where I have lived for more than twenty-five years as both a homeowner and a renter.

 

I love my neighbors in the North End and I share their frustration with our lack of representation in city government. We can do so much better.

 

I am determined to right this wrong and provide the effective and passionate advocacy needed to strengthen and invest in our community by:

 

  • Building transportation infrastructure and sidewalks in our neighborhood
  • Improving housing affordability and availability
  • Strengthening police focus on property crime
  • Growing family-wage jobs in North Seattle

 

Throughout my career I have stood up for a just society, a fair economy, and strong communities where our families can thrive. I respectfully ask for your vote. Let's build a North Seattle where we all can succeed together in life, work, and play.

 

The following civic leaders and organizations have shown their trust in me by offering me their endorsement:

 

32nd Legislative District Democrats

National Women's Political Caucus

International Association of Machinists 751

Estela Ortega

Michael Reichert, Sr.

Karl de Jong (former Chair - King County Democrats)

Senator John McCoy

Senator Claudia Kauffman

Justice Faith Ireland (WA State Supreme Court – Retired)



For more information:

PO BOX 22169
SEATTLE, WA 98122
(425) 442-4943
campaign@deborajuarez.org
www.deborajuarez.org

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Debadutta Dash



Debadutta Dash


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Statement:

Our family has called Seattle’s north-end home since 2001. My wife works at UW, and my daughter, now a Husky,  attended Olympic View, Eckstein, and Nathan Hale.

 

I came to this country in 1996 with an advanced degree, but the only job I could get paid minimum wage. I worked my way up to manager and started a business. I’ve served the community on numerous boards, and as an advisor to the UW Foster School of Business. I’ve been appointed by Governors Gregoire and Inslee to the state Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and received Congressman McDermott’s “Community Service Award.”

 

I give back because nothing is more important than community, and I want others to have the same opportunities as us! That’s why I want to represent you on the Council.

 

While North Seattle gets treated like “flyover country”, we know our neighborhoods are places where people are working hard and building lives.  Now we can elect a councilmember to represent our needs!

 

Neighborhoods

It’s been six-decades since annexation, yet we still lack the basics present in other neighborhoods. To catch up, we must build sidewalks, improve the Lake City and Aurora transit corridors and create vibrant community hubs.

We should also bring agencies together to study how well our housing, transportation, food-systems, and healthcare support our aging residents, targeting city investments to close gaps. Communities that are great for seniors are great for everybody.

 

Education

The city must facilitate school construction to address overcrowded schools, and effectively partner with underperforming schools.  In 2011, five city departments, and Seattle Public Schools used Northgate Elementary to study ways City youth and family programs can improve reading. We can bring that comprehensive approach to all our schools.

 

Economic Development

Together, we can reimagine streets like Aurora, Lake City Way and Greenwood as not just corridors for cars, but places for jobs and businesses that strengthen our communities. With increasing rents downtown, more people will want to live and start businesses here. We need to create an environment where they can prosper.



For more information:

PO BOX 25441
SEATTLE, WA 98165
(206) 330-8512
friendsofdash@gmail.com
www.vote4dash.com

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Kris Lethin



Kris Lethin


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Statement:

As a 22-year resident of North Seattle, I have been a renter, onsite property manager, union member, parent, homeowner, and member of our local Haller Lake Community Club. I am currently representing the Haller Lake Community Club to the Northwest District Council, City Neighborhood Council, and sit on Shoreline’s Citizen Advisory Task Force for the selection of a preferred design option for the 145th Street Corridor.

 

I moved from Alaska 22 years ago to attend the University of Washington from which I graduated with a degree in Economics, a varsity letter from rowing, and a love for this great city.  After graduation, I started my career as a stockroom attendant at the Northgate Nordstrom, eventually working my way up to floor manager before my interest shifted to commercial real estate.  I became a retail property expert appraiser, then a senior analyst for a major international commercial mortgage banking firm, and finally a commercial real estate loan officer at Home Street Bank (formerly Continental Savings Bank).  During the recession, I was recruited by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) and served in a position of public trust conducting loan review assignments and investigating failed banks throughout our region.

 

During this time I also built a house, started a family, and continued my love affair with North Seattle.

 

I’m running for City Council because my neighbors asked me to become their voice for getting some serious problems solved. I bring a background in commercial real estate finance and have examined every bank and developer book in this city at one time or another. I won’t be deceived by developer double talk. I bring my care and concern for the vitality and history of our neighborhoods, which is partnered with valuable insight into the challenges developers face.

 

We need renewal and re-use of existing single-family lands.  We need to protect our vulnerable senior citizens from being displaced by new development projects. We need reasonable parking and transportation solutions that meet the desires of our community.

 

I believe that thoughtful well-designed solutions can be found if the city will turn from a top down subject matter expert version of leadership to one that seriously weighs the work done on neighborhood plans. This is my vision--managing growth and renewal while ensuring that the unique neighborhood concerns are emphasized and embraced.  I would be honored to have your vote.



For more information:

P.O. BOX 75585
SEATTLE, WA 98175
(206) 686-5155
info@kris4district5.com
www.kris4district5.com

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David Toledo



David Toledo


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Statement:

I grew up in North Seattle. For over 40 years you and I have walked the same streets, attended the same schools, shopped the same mall, and sat in the same theaters; and I believe candidates should know the neighborhoods that they seek to represent.

 

You know my family! In 1978 my mother started a soup kitchen on Greenwood Avenue to help seniors. A few years later she opened one of North Seattle’s first food-banks on the front porch of our very own home. Community service matters to my family!

 

I’m a Union member and I’m from a Union family. I’m a proud member of OPEIU8. My dad was a Local 300 Union painter for over 25 years; and on his time off he volunteered with our church’s community handy-man program.

 

And remember me? The neighborhood kid that used to mow your lawn? The kid that used to do wheelies in front of your house, showing off for the girl I had a crush on. I’ve grown up, but I haven’t forgotten my neighbors.

 

I believe in community service! I founded and for 12 years self-funded the Unified Outreach volunteer program to bring much needed volunteer services to elder care centers, homeless shelters, and youth mentoring programs. It wasn’t until 2010 that the program applied for its first grant; 12 years after the charity was created!

 

I’m qualified! I’m a Housing Specialist competent in all areas of affordable housing; working in the field for nearly a decade. I know what’s needed to stabilize rent and increase housing options without rent control or rezoning of residential neighborhoods.

 

And I’ll stop the newly approved tent-cities from being constructed in your neighborhood. No tent-cities in our residential neighborhoods!

 

Community roots matter! I have a responsibility to you based on neighborhood loyalty and shared history.

 

I will open an office in North Seattle where you can visit me. I’ll work with educators, community groups, small business owners, transportation advocates, church leaders, and anyone with ideas for improving North Seattle. We’ll do this together!

 

When I make promises I will keep them. Sidewalks for North Seattle, expanded public safety funding, affordable housing solutions, small businesses growth and a job training wage, improved roadways for commuters and commerce, and best of all a clean and swimmable Green Lake!

 

It’s time to put a North Seattle neighbor and common-sense Democrat on the City Council.



For more information:

12345 LAKE CITY WAY NE #132
SEATTLE, WA 98125
(206) 641-0859
WeVoteToledo@gmail.com
www.WeVoteToledo.com

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Hugh H. Russell



Hugh H. Russell


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Statement:

In January of 1957, I went to work for the Seattle Water Department at the South Shop working as a truck driver and general laborer in and around the maintenance yard. Soon I was assigned to the Radio Room working weekends and holidays and handling other communications with the Emergency Crew. I was there when the Ravenna Sewer collapse started and work with the North Shop coordinating communications and schedules and working sometimes seven days a week. This went on for over six months until the disaster was finally rebuilt and people could move back into their houses.

 

I was also there when the Ballard Lumber Mill burned down and the flames from that fire could be seen clear down on Airport Way and Spokane Street and I was on the radio coordinating with the Fire Department on water pressure ability and getting extra help during the fire until I was relieved at Midnight.

 

During the ten years I was with the Water Dept. I joined the American Water Works Association, and took courses that they sponsored. I also graduated from Sales Training Inc. in June of 1960 and earned a Bachelor Degree in Management at that time.

 

In 1975, I joined Shoreline Community College Maintenance Department working in Utilitys and Maintenance of the Grounds and Buildings. During that time, I also took courses in Plant Operations, and Small Engine Repair and various courses in maintenance. I was there for eight years.

 

I also went to work for North Seattle Community College in the Maintenance Dept. While there I went to night school and received a Bachelor Degree in Business and Maint. Mgment and Certificates in Building Inspection and Property Appraising.

 

During all of that time I was active in the Seattle Mountaineers and was a Climbing Instructor and Mountain Rescue and was involved in numerous rescues and aircraft accident recoverys. I was asked to go to Alaska for a VIP rescue involving a Military transport and we had to parachute in to the crash sight.

 

My self and three others were recommended for the Treasury Dept award recommended by the U.S. Coast Guard for outstanding effort on attempted rescues. At about this time Both Senator Jackson and Magnusson who were to vote on the awards were terminated from the senate offices.

 

Out of all the people I worked with in Mountain Rescue, there are only three of us left.



For more information:

10048 INTERLAKE AVE N
SEATTLE, WA 98133



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Mercedes Elizalde



Mercedes Elizalde


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Statement:

I am a direct service worker.  I have been a case manager, a youth leader, a program director and a community volunteer. The perspective of direct service providers is lacking in our elected offices.  I am someone who uniquely understands how policy translates into people’s everyday lives, particularly the lives of those most in need. I intend to fight for better access to social services for all neighborhoods, rent stabilization & true affordability, and public safety that actually makes our communities healthy.

 

  • Access to service: We need to make sure services like transportation, crisis intervention and child/youth programs are equitably dispersed to all neighborhoods in need.
  • Rent stabilization: Re-define “affordable” to prioritize minimum wage workers and up, 1:1 replacement of lost units, stop economic eviction and protect housing for seniors and families
  • Public safety: increasing community health over simple enforcement by targeting social services interventions

 

The systemic challenges we face with our housing inventory, poverty, affordability, and public safety are tightly intertwined and inseparable. We need leaders who understand how people’s lives are affected by these challenges while also understanding how to change the systems that creates them. I have the head and the heart to really addressing these systemic issues.

 

With ten years of experience working on early childhood education, with adults with developmental disabilities, and homelessness, I will be the social service expert and champion on the Seattle City Council. If we are going to move past quick fixes and broken promises we need someone on the council who understands how to build policy with community and implementation in mind. I am that person. I ask for your support, I ask for your vote. Together we will bring the neighborhood perspective back to the Seattle City Council.

 

Current community commitments:

  • Co-Chair of the Seattle Women’s Commission
  • Board Member at the Tenant’s Union of Washington
  • Board Member at the Children’s Campaign Fund
  • Co-Chair of the Single Adult Advocacy Committee for the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
  • Program Coordinator at the Low Income Housing Institute
  • Union Member and Shop Steward with OPEIU Local 8

 

Endorsements:

  • National Women’s Political Caucus
  • King County Young Democrats
  • Many community leaders like Former Representative Mary Lou Dickerson, David Bloom, Sharon Lee, Nancy Amidei,
  • And many others listed on my website


For more information:

P.O.BOX 9100
SEATTLE, WA 98109
(206) 588-6658
info@VoteMercedes.com
www.VoteMercedes.com

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Sandy Brown



Sandy Brown


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Statement:

What an exciting year for North Seattle families!  After waiting, in some cases decades, for attention from City Hall on issues ranging from sidewalks to public safety, housing affordability to parks and playfields, this year we have the opportunity to elect our voice to the Council.

 

I would be proud to serve as your Councilmember, and ask humbly for your vote.  

 

I was raised in White Center, in a mixed race, working class household. I am a graduate of the UW, and a proud father of two grown sons, also public school graduates. 

 

My commitment is backed by experience, helping establish the Committee to End Homelessness in King County, reducing gun violence as a founder of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, serving as a spokesman for the Marriage Equality campaign, and advocating for kids and people from all walks of life as a former school board director and longtime progressive, 100% pro-choice faith leader.  

 

Since entering this campaign I have knocked on thousands of doors and spoken to so many neighbors about your concerns, priorities, and aspirations.  I am ready to apply a career of listening, taking action, and solving problems to the important work of delivering for the people of District 5:

 

Public Safety: This is my priority. We need to do more to improve public safety, reduce property crimes and improve police response times. We need to hire more officers and ensure they are properly trained. I’ll do that. 

 

Healthy Business Districts: I’ll work to improve the flow of people to our neighborhood centers, and find the right compromise on parking. Let’s nurture the creativity of our entrepreneurs.

 

Homelessness and Affordable Housing: We must create more housing options for all, and invest in mental health programs that work in helping people off the street. 

 

Sidewalks:  Let’s start with the obvious: safer routes to schools, businesses and transit.  We should let neighborhoods decide where-- and whether-- they want to install these overdue amenities. 

 

Targeted Neighborhood Investments:  I’ve heard you, and will work for neighborhood priorities like the 130th light rail station and Northgate pedestrian bridge. Let’s save the beach at 130th NE for public access, address stormwater responsibly in Broadview and build a vibrant community center in Lake City. 

 

My endorsements include Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, the 46th Democrats, unions, businesses, community leaders, and hundreds of our neighbors.  Visit sandy4seattle.com to learn more!  



For more information:

PO BOX 75026
SEATTLE, WA 98175
(206) 382-5552
info@sandy4seattle.com
www.sandy4seattle.com

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