“Zahn has shown a sophisticated ability to address Bellevue’s ongoing issues with the city’s growth, from transportation and other infrastructure to helping Bellevue determine its role in the Eastside’s homelessness response. Zahn’s readiness to talk about key specifics of city infrastructure evinces a clear and analytical understanding of the fundamental priorities citizens need from their local government leaders.
Her depth of knowledge about government interactions and contracting make her exceptionally well prepared for the council’s responsibility to set the details of city policy right. In an interview, she displayed wide-ranging knowledge of city policies, and has a reputation for pragmatism that enables her to play a key role in council cooperation.”
Bellevue is an award-winning city, with a thriving economy, excellent schools, and high quality of life. However, our growth has pushed our infrastructure to capacity and jeopardizes the reasons we have all chosen to call Bellevue home. I want to continue using my years of experience in solving complex problems collaboratively and innovatively, to keep addressing traffic congestion, rising housing costs, and tensions between livability and economic vitality. All this while reducing our environmental impacts and building our tree canopy for our future generations.
I believe we can do even better to be inclusive and to celebrate the diversity of our residents and neighborhoods. On the City Council, I work hard to create and enhance our existing partnerships. I have also driven the city to improve engagement and transparency so that together, we can create an even better, more welcoming Bellevue where all can thrive.