Proven Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
In April 2015 I was appointed to the City Council due to a vacancy. The City was facing bankruptcy and it was a challenging time to be in public office. However, I knew that the future of our city was bright and I was determined to help lead us to a better place. That is what motivated me to run in 2016 once the remainder of my term was up, and that is what continues to motivate me to run for re-election in 2019.
During the time I was appointed, it was hard work. On top of the bankruptcy, the city had received failing marks from the Washington State Auditor for failing to acknowledge our peril and failing to take significant, necessary steps to financial health. This could have lead Des Moines to becoming an annexed city eventually falling under the control of Federal Way, SeaTac, or Burien. Employee morale was at an all-time low.
City council with the help of city staff tightened our belts, made some tough decisions, and dealt with criticism from the community. Thanks to those tough decisions and our ability to use the community's criticism constructively, we were able to make Des Moines viable and sustainable.
Here we are in 2019, and I am proud to say that our hard work has paid off! The city now has a sustainable and solvent long term budget as well as healthy contingencies. The State Auditor has given us accolades for securing our fiscal health. The rating agencies Standard and Poor, and Moody's significantly upgraded our bond rating which has lead to the city saving over $500,000 in interest rates when we issued bonds in 2018.
We were able to fully fund the police department in 2018 and 2019, and it will continue to be a priority moving forward. We are becoming a more attractive city for small and medium-sized business. We have been able to nearly double our budget for the city's Human Services program which provides resources to our most vulnerable residents.
During my last 4 years on the City Council, we have accomplished so much. I humbly ask for your support and re-election in 2019 so that we can continue the progress in our city.