All of the work that a mayor should do adds up to one thing: making Seattle a better place for everyone to live. That means providing the built and natural amenities that lead to equity, prosperity, education, recreation, and cultural life.
A livable city provides a home for both new and existing residents through a clean environment, affordable housing, practical transit, sidewalks, bike lanes, access to technology, well-supported schools, and, of course, the Sonics, and most importantly by being safe, open, and welcoming to people of different races, abilities, sexualities, national origins, religions, and gender identities.
The city should provide the public spaces where people can gather together to eat, drink, exercise, play, collaborate, grow up, exercise their right to freedom of assembly, and learn from one another.
That’s why I support:
Increasing access to parks. Green spaces provide benefits to physical and mental health, well-being, and our environment--we must make sure that they are available and responsive to all. Seattle parks should serve all residents across the city, providing a wide range of services and opportunities for immersion in the natural environment. Local residents should have ownership over their parks and the projects that we undertake must be community-driven. This entails reaching out and learning from underserved communities, as well as ensuring that all residents have a park within walking distance. We need to make our park facilities more welcoming to all people and address the maintenance backlog. Last, we should fund studies of projects like the I-5 Lid so that we keep future possibilities open and explore the use of all of our city’s spaces.
Growing the reach of the Seattle Public Library. The Seattle Public Library is a center of our educational and cultural life, a key part of our safety net, and one of the strongest threads holding together our civic fabric. My vision is for SPL to innovate while continuing to serve its core functions of promoting literacy, providing continuing education, supporting intellectual freedom, and fostering a healthy democracy. That means further democratizing access to technology, including possibly through makerspaces or partnerships with nonprofit makerspaces. It means building civic engagement through new programs conceived and cultivated through the Library’s community listening sessions. And it means finding new ways of reaching marginalized and vulnerable populations, especially in the communities that are home to the Library’s new branches.
As a Mayor who knows what it’s like to raise a family in the city, I will invest in the civic institutions that will make Seattle a better place to live for us, our children, and our children’s children.