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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

August 4, 2015 Primary And Special Election

City, City of Seattle 
Council Position No. 8



John Roderick



John Roderick


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Statement:

Last year, Seattle voted for a neighborhood-based system for the City Council. It was a vote for change. We wanted a different kind of government.

 

I’m running for Seattle City Council as an independent voice and I would love to earn your vote.

 

Our city is facing a transit crisis, a housing shortage, rising rents, skyrocketing income inequality, and crumbling infrastructure. The conservative response from most of our current City Council keeps creating more problems. We need to hold incumbent politicians accountable when they fail to provide oversight for massive boondoggles like the deep-bore tunnel, the 520 bridge, and the Mercer Mess. They keep leaving us on the hook.

 

I was born in Seattle, spent much of my childhood in Alaska, and moved back here in 1990 to work as a musician and an artist. In the 1990s, our local government was openly hostile to the music and arts communities, and I was active in working to change the draconian laws and attitudes that undermined the fabric of Seattle’s inclusive culture. As city government gradually recognized the importance of our arts community, my activism changed from protest to engagement, and I was appointed to the Seattle Music Commission as an advocate for arts as a core value.

 

As our city grows, we need to ensure that we welcome new residents without displacing our neighbors. We need to protect Seattle’s unique culture before it is pushed out by the hustle-bustle of homogenous commerce. We need a councilperson who understands that investing in arts education and proven programs like International Baccalaureate will better support our youth than a new detention center.

 

How can we continue to lead the world in building a city where everyone is welcome? By focusing on:

 

• Closing the pay gap between men and women and increasing worker protections

• Connecting our neighborhoods with forward-looking rail and bus transit

• Building affordable housing and promoting a culture of equal access, economic equality, and political and social justice

• Creating a municipal broadband network so everyone can access our booming economy

• Reforming our police department, monitoring compliance and directly engaging Seattle’s diverse communities in the effort

• Advancing housing and mental health solutions for our homeless and strengthening our social net

 

Seattle is ready to take a big leap forward. As a member of the City Council, I will be the independent voice we need to build a city that reflects our values.



For more information:

PO BOX 12066
SEATTLE, WA 98102
(206) 605-0122
info@VoteRoderick.com
www.VoteRoderick.com

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Jon Grant



Jon Grant


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Statement:

I’m running because I believe we could lose the gains made from raising the $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave legislation if our housing costs continue to skyrocket.

 

In my time as Executive Director of the Tenants Union, I doubled its operating budget, opened new offices across Seattle and the State, tripled the people served, and advanced successful campaigns to expand tenants’ rights. These campaigns included passing stronger protections for domestic violence survivors, expanding affordable housing subsidies to low income families, fighting off economic evictions, and negotiating with the rental industry to expand tenant protections in state law. I would use my position on Council to bring the needed urgency to keep Seattle affordable.

 

Here’s my priorities:

 

Accountable Policing: I’m ready to work with the new police chief to ensure all our neighborhoods are safe. At the same time, we still hear too many reports of excessive force followed by weak disciplinary action even in clear cases. We must have a police force that is accountable in cases of police brutality, and accountable to our neighborhoods. This starts with increased civilian oversight from the Office of Professional Accountability in order to investigate misconduct with greater impartiality, and fully implementing the recommendations of the Community Police Commission.

 

Ensuring Affordable Housing: I’ll be a strong advocate for mandating that developers build more affordable housing through inclusionary zoning and require the maximum development fees so that the private sector pays its fair share for affordability. The City Council has simply been too cozy with developers at our expense. I’ll be a leader on this issue, and fight to push Olympia for local authority to limit rent hikes.

 

Putting People First: Seattle's new district elections are an exciting opportunity for grassroots democracy to flourish, but too many elected leaders are swayed against community interests by wealthy campaign contributions. I have pledged to not accept any campaign contribution from any big developers so voters know I stand with them.

 

I have lived throughout Seattle; Beacon Hill, Greenwood, Georgetown, Wedgewood, and Columbia City. I currently live in the Brighton neighborhood in South Seattle. If you believe we can do more to improve policing, make housing affordable and make city government more responsive to citizens, I ask for your support and your vote.

 

Endorsed by: 46th, 32nd District Democrats, King County Young Democrats, Representative Gerry Pollet, Tim Harris, Rachael Myers, Cheryl Cobbs, Dustin Washington, Sharon Lee



For more information:

PO BOX 21551
SEATTLE, WA 98111
(206) 353-9740
electjongrant@gmail.com
www.electjongrant.com

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John Persak



John Persak


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Statement:

Your vote for me means accountability, transparency, and responsiveness at city hall. My experience as a citizen activist and labor leader will get us connected with city government again.

 

Seattle’s transportation system is gridlocked and doesn’t keep pace with our population. Public transit must be maintained and improved for everyone, our streets must be repaired, and our sidewalks finished. I will protect our city against Deep Bore Tunnel cost overruns, so that we can fund our transportation needs. I want our city to move people and goods, so that Seattle can be livable.

 

Rising housing costs are a crisis for renters and homeowners. Poorly planned development makes Seattle harder for families and our Public Schools to cope. Immigrant communities and people of color are being displaced to make way for real estate profits and higher rents. Developers need to pay their fair share, in linkage and impacts fees, for affordable housing and infrastructure. Loosening the rules on “mother in law” dwellings will provide affordable housing for 20,000 people. City zoning changes must include us and our neighborhoods, and not displace people on a fixed or low income. I will work to build more housing that is affordable, sustainable, and smart.

 

Good paying jobs in Seattle moves people out of poverty. I will partner with our Port, business community, and labor to protect our local economy. Keeping our jobs diverse--blue collar and white collar, keeps our city diverse and affordable. Keeping middle income jobs in our city keeps our small businesses thriving. Good jobs must mean gender and racial equality in our thriving tech industry.

 

I will fully fund and support public safety for emergency services and response. From dangerous oil trains in our city, to keeping our neighborhoods and downtown safe, our firefighters and police need our confidence. I will work to build trust between our communities and our law enforcement, because we can have protection and respect for our civil rights at the same time.

 

I am a worker in the maritime industry and I live in Seattle with my wife and son. Opportunities for the next generation are disappearing in our city. Unions representing workers in shipping, maritime, and our State Ferries have endorsed me (ILWU, Longshore Pensioners, SUP, IBU, MMP). I have been endorsed by Gael Tarleton (D-36) and Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman, and many others. I would be honored with your vote.



For more information:

POB 9100
SEATTLE, WA 98109
(206) 291-5411
info@johnpersak.com
www.johnpersak.com

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Tim Burgess



Tim Burgess


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Statement:

Seattle is a prosperous, dynamic, diverse and fast-growing city. Yet too many of our neighbors are being left out of this positive change, undermining the qualities that make Seattle an inclusive community for low income and working people, seniors, and those launching a career or family.      

 

I’m proud of the positive leadership role I have played on our City Council to address these unacceptable gaps in equity and opportunity.  I was lead negotiator for final passage of our Paid Sick Leave Law so workers can care for themselves and their families, was part of the progressive Council that ushered in our nation-leading $15 minimum wage, and was the prime sponsor of the critically important Seattle Preschool Program, approved by nearly 70% of our voters. It’s a wonderful investment in our children. I led the effort to fully fund the Nurse Family Partnership, a proven home visitation program the New York Times calls America’s best anti-poverty program.

 

In transportation, we charted a bold path to improve Seattle’s Metro service to ease congestion and crowded buses, the largest service increase in our history. Now, we need to expand light rail throughout our region, especially to Ballard and West Seattle.

 

We must address the affordable housing crisis that threatens too many with instability or homelessness. We have a citywide levy that currently sets targets for supply and cost of rent—expanding this levy and using other tools we already have, we can increase supply and stabilize costs.

 

We are improving our police force through stronger accountability measures, additional and better-trained officers, and an excellent Chief of Police who shares our community values.

 

I love my job and the good work I can do every day to help make Seattle a stronger, more nurturing city.  As a lifelong resident who raised my family here, I want to keep working hard for ALL our families and communities. I hope to receive your trust and your vote.

 

Because of my progressive, inclusive record of leadership, my re-election is endorsed by Mayor Ed Murray, County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Fire Fighters Local 27, SEIU Local 775, Cascade Bicycle Club, CASE, IFPTE Local 17, Aerospace Machinists 751, General Laborers Local 242, Unite HERE Local 8, Seattle Hotel Association, Seattle Restaurant Alliance and neighborhood and environmental leaders across Seattle.

 

You can read about my positions, accomplishments and endorsements at www.ElectTimBurgess.com. Together, let’s keep building a great city.



For more information:

119 FIRST AVENUE SOUTH, SUITE 320
SEATTLE, WA 98104
(206) 682-7328
info@ElectTimBurgess.com
www.ElectTimBurgess.com

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