Your vote is a
precious right, so why should you lend it to me?
January of 2010 sounds
like a long time ago. But it certainly doesnít feel like that long
when I think about my almost eight years immersed in the world of
our cityís government.
When I ran for reelection in 2013 I shared an assessment of my first
term experience and impact. I spent a lot of time talking about the
immersion that kind of has to happen in order to get a grasp of all
of the various departments, agencies, and interconnections that are
part of running a full service city like Kirkland. (That immersion
really never goes away, you just build on it) I laid out an
assessment of first term accomplishments that included our ethics
polity, our continued outstanding financial performance, steps we
took to lighten the burden of impact fees on our business community
during the recession and recovery, our commitment to Totem Lake and
economic development . I talked about the success of our final
annexation and strategic decisions we were making to prepare for
2021 and the loss of the annexation sales tax credit (almost 4M)
that will go away.
Since 2014 things have continued at a furious pace. We completed the
first phase of the cross Kirkland Corridor and it has become an
iconic symbol of what Kirkland can and should accomplish. We
undertook the most ambitious planning effort in the history of our
city, soliciting an amazing level of feedback from our community in
multiple open forums, town halls and on line updating EVERYTHING
from our comprehensive plan to the process to assure our
neighborhood plans have a process for updating. (a total of 15
bodies of work) We pursued economic development ambitiously by
setting up the infrastructure at Totem Lake to entice development
and now are watching the Village at Totem Lake come to fruition.
Kirkland Urban in downtown Kirkland is DEEP in the ground and the
three giant cranes are a testimony to the aggressive schedule for
completion phased over the next few years.
One of the
things that I have learned over 7 years on council is how important
local government really is. From our role in transportation in and
outside of Kirkland, to our relationship to the lake, the sound and
our environment, from concern about deteriorating infrastructure in
our water and waste water systems to crafting contracts for the
provision of garbage, water, power and wastewater. It is a
fascinating and very important body of work and I am proud to tell
you that the council I serve on is serving you well. Iím working
hard on behalf of the citizens in our community to make the right
decisions regarding everything from land use to the provision of
Emergency Medical Services.
I love this job. I like being able to sit down with any of you at my
shop or Starbucks or Rococco and hear whatís going on and what you
think about it. Your concerns are my concerns. Your opinions help
shape my opinions. I like to hear the perspective of everyone on all
sides of issues and I like the truct that willingness to share
implies. We will not always agree. I will not always make the right
decision from everyoneís perspective. As a matter of fact if I hit
50% of the time that would be amazing.
In planning this campaign, I ask myself, why do I really think you
should reelect me to our city council?.
I think itís because we share a sense of what a fabulous city this
is and can continue to be. I think itís because our vision of the
future of Kirkland isnít to compete with or BE a Bellevue or Redmond
or Woodinville, but to be everything that Kirkland can be. I hope
and believe I can reflect that for you. I love the fact that so many
families in our community have lived here for generations and
continue to want to or having left have come back. I love that so
many want their kids to grow up in Kirkland, on our waterfront, in
our parks, in our parade.
No matter what, I promise you that I will be available and I will
listen. Regardless of the issue or whether we agree or disagree
before coming to a decision I will always listen. I wil always
research your issues and perspectives and I will always take theem
into consideration before I make the best decision that I can for
the city of Kirkland and the people I am privileged to serve. Thanks
for being here, thanks for listening and thanks for your support.
Over the coming weeks and months I will add to this page and
explanation of my position on issues of specific concern. Stay tuned
for updates. Penny