Integrity. Inclusion. Innovation.
We have a thriving economy, excellent schools, and high quality of life, yet our rapid growth is jeopardizing the very qualities that drew us to Bellevue as our home. I want to continue using my years of experience, as an innovative and collaborative problem-solver, to address the increasing tension between our neighborhood livability and our city’s economic vitality.
The transportation challenges ahead of us continue to be staggering. To address them we need to retain leaders who can reconcile the divergent interests of various stakeholders and build coalitions for implementing innovative solutions. Adequate funding will continue to be a challenge. I support bold steps like the low interest rate TIFIA loan and the much-needed transportation levy to support neighborhood safety and congestion relief. I have brought visionary and caring leadership to council, listens to understand the issues and ensure that mobility choices are available to keep Bellevue moving. Regionally, I advocate for Bellevue’s interest for transit and bike routes, transportation corridor improvements and funding.
I bring my years serving on the Bellevue Transportation Commission recommending sound policies to council. I continue to push for engagement in the neighborhoods we serve. It is essential that the city engage our neighborhoods to understand and relieve the transportation pain points and ensure safe streets for all. As we develop infrastructure projects, we must plan from a multi-modal level of service thinking that looks at our transportation designs from a Complete Streets and Vision Zero lens.
Bellevue is an incredibly vibrant and attractive city blessed with excellent amenities and outstanding public schools. Unfortunately, the very qualities that make Bellevue so attractive have resulting in skyrocketing housing costs, putting the city out of reach for many families and middle class workers, including retail and service employees and civil servants. Children who grew up in Bellevue cannot afford to return and live here as adults. I am committed to finding ways to make housing more affordable for all who want to live, work, and play in our wonderful city. My background and experience continues to be an asset while evaluating policies and working with developers, property managers, and non-profit housing providers to create more affordable housing stock.
Understanding and honoring the diversity of our community and unique character of our neighborhoods is critical to our sense of community and place. In 2014, we declared that “Bellevue welcomes the world and Diversity is our strength.” I make sure our city continues to live up to the spirit of that declaration and challenge ourselves to be more inclusive and celebrate the richness of our collective culture and heritage. The key component is how we bring planning back to the neighborhood level and leverage the diversity of our residents and their culture, wants, and needs. I am especially pushing for building a new Multi-Cultural Center that create a community space where we more strongly celebrate and embrace the diversity in our communities. What exciting opportunities ahead!
I remain committed to build bridges for understanding and collaborative partnerships to ensure Bellevue’s future. My vision includes:
- Make the City even more strategic and innovative. Our policies must work both short-term as well as decades into the future. Planning must be forward-thinking and we must be willing to be bold, celebrate our diverse community, welcome businesses big and small, and embrace technology to deliver services at the best value. And most importantly is to make sure the city has strong public safety and infrastructure capacity to support our continued growth smartly.
- Build more relationships - with the school district, businesses and neighborhoods. Become even more regional in our thinking. Many issues such as transportation, livability, economic growth, and community services are larger than our city limits. Solutions to these challenges cannot come solely from Bellevue. My ability to engage with regional partners (King County, other cities and the state, major businesses) and advocate for Bellevue’s concerns will be essential to our success.
- Commit to effective and timely communication. When communicating with our citizens we need to articulate what the city is doing and why, and be clear about our intentions and expected outcomes. It’s important to establish, nurture, and expand the city’s relationships within the many neighborhoods, communities and businesses that live, work, and play in Bellevue.